The long-awaited version 8 of The Master Genealogist (often called "TMG") has been released and is now available for download. One warning: the new release has only been available for a few hours and the web site is overloaded. If you cannot access it immediately, please wait a few hours and then try again. Operation should return to normal once the load subsides a bit.
The following announcement was written by Wholly Genes Software:
Family History Software Takes Another Leap Forward
Columbia, Maryland – 21 December 2011 – Wholly Genes Software announces a major new release of its popular family history project manager, The Master Genealogist. The software, known by its users as “TMG,” is favored by novice and expert researchers alike because of its extreme flexibility, extensive documentation features, and the ability to transform dry family data into impressive charts, forms, and narrative reports.
This new release, TMG v8, includes a completely new report writer to accommodate 64-bit operating systems, but that is just the beginning of an impressive list of new and expanded features.
“For 18 years, TMG has consistently introduced innovative features that have slowly developed into industry standards,” said the company president, Bob Velke. “Version 8 is no exception, with ground-breaking features like color-coded narrative reports and the ability to import groups of people or entire families from a spreadsheet.”
For those who prefer, its new “Add Multiple People” and “Add Family” screens, which resemble a spreadsheet environment. are among the many new features in TMG v8 which were designed to make data entry easier and faster. Like many of the program’s most useful features, they were suggested by TMG’s very active user community. Other examples include a greatly expanded list of default roles (to link witnesses to the events of other people), an option to design new roles “on the fly,” new features to share your customizations with other researchers, and the ability to output Pedigree charts to Word or RTF with an index.
The expanded web-searching tool in TMG v8 now supports 15 sites, including Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, One Great Family, Footnote/Fold3, World Vital Records, and FindAGrave.com. (Some sites provide search results but require a subscription for full access to the records.) The feature supports the specific search options of each site and can even be configured to search them all at once. “After searching Google Books for a name like ‘Lucinda Rodgers,’” said Velke, “how often do we get distracted by the results and forget to go back and search for ‘Rodgers, Lucinda’, its spelling variations, or her married name(s)?” TMG’s new web-searching tool won’t forget to try all of the permutations of your search that are supported by each site and could lead to great new discoveries.
The Master Genealogist v8 Gold Edition is available for $59 as a download from www.WhollyGenes.com and from its international dealers. The upgrade for users of v7 is $29.95. An optional CD is available by mail for a nominal extra charge.
About the company:
Wholly Genes Software is a privately held corporation founded in 1993 with the goal of providing professional-caliber software tools to family historians. Its flagship product, The Master Genealogist, has the reputation of being the most powerful family history project manager on the market and is in use in more than 40 countries around the world.
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