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18 April 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

iScrapbook 4.0.5 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Added option to manually choose an iPhoto or Aperture library in the version of the software sold directly from the Chronos website (the Mac App Store version already has this capability)
• Added error reporting when the iPhoto or Aperture library can't be found or opened.
• Added iPhoto/Aperture Info button to see path and additional info (including error information) for current library.
• Added menu commands to show/hide/customize the toolbar.
• Added ability to start editing text in a selected text box by simply starting to type. This allows text boxes that are behind other objects to be edited.
• Some fixes.

11 April 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

23andMe for iPhone & iPad 1.4.2 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Updated security requirements in the sign up form.

Families for Android 1.8.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix bug "Error starting webserver port=-1".

RootsMagic 6.1.0.3 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Added FamilySearch Family Tree integration.
• New: Direct Legacy import now imports tags as named groups in RM.
• Fixed: "On This Day" report wasn't displaying famous births, deaths, or historical events.
• Fixed: Several issues when searching fields in sources.
• Fixed: Numerous cosmetic issues.

StoryPress 1.3.4 (Mobile - Freeware)

• All interview packets (except charity Cancer packet) are free.
• More obvious checks for registration password length.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130409 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• New: The Descendants section may now be formatted as a continuous list as an alternative to a chart with continuation sections. See "Report Detail" preferences.
• Fixed: Generation sub-headings in Norwegian reports.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.8.4 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Update import GEDCOM.

4 April 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

23andMe for Android 1.4.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Fixed issue occurring on JellyBean where users were logged out after answering only a few questions.
• Fixed issue where 'Results' section was only refreshed at login.
• Fixed issue where health result screens were showing same two images in some cases.
• Fixed issue with subsequent logins with non-genotyped accounts.
• Updated app icon.

Families for Android 1.8.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support video.
• Support file transfer via cloud and email.
• Use Geocoding API V3.
• Support shortcut file as document.
• Fix bugs in calculating "half" relationships.
• Fix crash when editing some settings.

Families for Legacy Family Tree 1.8.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support video.
• Support file transfer via cloud and email.
• Use Geocoding API V3.
• Support shortcut file as document.
• Fix bugs in calculating "half" relationships.

Historypin for iPhone & iPad 2.2 (Mobile - Freeware)

• iOS 6 Support.
• Various bug-fixes.

StoryPress 1.3.3 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fixes.

28 March 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Branches 1.2.3.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Maintenance update.

Kith and Kin Pro 3.2.1 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Bug-fix release.
• Prevents a blank regional string for "Surnames beginning with (none)".
• Clearing the database root folder box when selecting a database caused an error.

Legacy Mobile 1.0 (Mobile - Freeware) *NEW*

• Create your own family tree.
• Synchronize your family data with FamilySearch.
• Add pictures to anyone in your family tree.
• If the person isn't in our database you will be given the opportunity to add it to billiongraves.com.

Pocket Genealogist 4.08A05 public beta (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support for TMG 8.05.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.8.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Update genealogical branch.

21 March 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.9 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Reorder Spouses/Children: Occasionally, AQ would crash after you reordered spouses or children. Fixed.
• General: In a very rare case, AQ would crash after receiving unexpected data from FamilySearch. Fixed.
• Seal to Parents: In build 8, we introduced a bug into AQ, in which it would occasionally indicate that there was an extra set of parents. Fixed.
• Long Place Name: Sometimes, if you tried to send a Place name to nFS or Family Tree which was more than 60 characters long, only the first 60 characters would be sent. Fixed.

Branches 1.2.2.9 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed an unhandled exception in the 'Find individual' function.

Family Chronicle 4.9.10 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Improved read whilst downloading including faster downloads and iPad 1 compatibility.
• Bug fixes including 'fetching data' fix, missing covers on coverflow, audio and video fixes.
• Performance improvements including iPad 1 stability.

GRAMPS 3.4.3 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Sorting of names, places etc. uses the International Components for Unicode (ICU) libraries which resolves many bugs particularly on MS Windows, and ensures that sorting is the same for all platforms.
• Addon checking and download works again.
• A large number of fixes to Narrative Web. In particular, media objects attached to events and sources are now output.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.7.8 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Export tree in Jpeg.
• Updating personal report.

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 9.2.0 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Branches: The "Find" dialog (used to add children to families, etc.) did not work for admin users assigned to a branch (fixed).
• Cemeteries: The "fill" functions that populated the parts of an associated Place into the cemetery fields and vice versa was not working (fixed).
• Descendants: The standard chart was showing vertical scroll bars when only one person or node was displayed (fixed).
• Events: The Add New Event popup would not disappear if the place name of the new event contained an apostrophe (fixed).
• GEDCOM: If a CONT or CONC line was blank, the space after CONT/CONC was not being removed (fixed).

13 March 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

23andMe for iPhone & iPad 1.4.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Updated for iPhone5.

Billion Graves 2.1.3 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Transfer app - Moving Billion Graves to a new Apple account.

GRAMPS 4.0.0-alpha5 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Move to grampslocale, const.
• Move from pyexiv2 to GExiv2, metadata.
• Better log statements.
• Improvements on encoding handling, unicode.
• Consistency on dialogs and options (reports).
vSome fixes on Web reports.

Pocket Genealogist 4.08A03 public beta (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support for Legacy (7n).

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.7.7 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Update personal tree and branch.

6 March 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.8 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Descendant Dropline Chart: If you asked for all boxes on a generation to be the same size, AQ actually only made the boxes for a given family to be the same size. Now it makes all boxes for all families on that generation to be the same size.
• Descendant Dropline Chart: If a descendant had children, but no spouse, the grouping of child boxes were not placed on the chart in the proper position. Fixed.
• Notes Screen: In build 7, a change was made to keep the Notes screen from getting locked into full screen mode. A random situation was discovered that could still temporarily cause this. Fixed.
• Combine/Merge: FamilySearch has requested that users no longer use commercial programs such as AQ to combine records in nFS, but rather to use the Merge of Family Tree. AQ will no longer allow combines, but will still help you identify duplicates, and set up the Family Tree merge screen, so all you have to do is click the 'Merge' button (or equivalent) in Family Tree. (Note: Eventually FamilySearch will allow AQ to actually do the Merge.)

GedStar Pro 4.4.5 (Other Tools - Windows - Purchase)

• Fix conversion of latitude/longitude data in TMG databases.

Internet Genealogy Magazine 4.9.10 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Read whilst downloading (iPad 2, iPad Mini, New iPad, iPhone 4+)
• Faster browsing.
• Performance and stability improvements.
• Improved design, navigation and layout.
• iOS6 full screen video and orientation fix.

LTools 1.3.33 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Update online Help for View/Run dialogs and Data Bridge Event dialog - resolved.
• Event Template dialog data not loaded or saved in Data Bridge - resolved.
• Bad URL for Data Source "Ancestry.com - SSDI" in Data Bridge - resolved.

MacFamilyTree 6.3.7 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Chinese Localization fixed.
• Bugfixes for Media Gallery.
• Further bugfixes.

Reunion for iPad 2.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Optimized graphics for Retina displays.
• Sidebar can be positioned on either side of the screen.
• Search for places and display a list of people whose records include an event with the desired place.
• Use your device's camera to take pictures and link them to people in your family file.
• Link pictures from your device's photo library to people in your family file.
• Support for screen mirroring.

RootsMagic for iPhone and iPad 1.0.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Minor Bug Fixes.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130227 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Improved: Layout of Family Trees section to avoid overlapping trees - particularly on small paper sizes.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.7.6 (Mobile - Purchase)

• New types of family trees.

Who Do You Think You Are Magazine 2.0 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Improved user interface.
• Additional navigation.
• More titles from us section which allows user to click thru to related titles.
• Enhanced design for iPhone.

27 February 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 6.6.7 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• There is a new option to exclude data for living people on the descendant Tree chart.
• Fixed a problem on Group Sheets with all pictures at the end, where it would sometimes print a blank page after a full page of pictures.
• When you are adding a new person on Edit and it creates the default events, the cursor will be blinking in the Date field for the first event.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.7.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Updated the video album.

XHTML Family Tree Generator 2.3.11 (Charts and Diagrams - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• This release has bugfixes, and is serializing in a platform-independent way.

21 February 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

23andMe for iPhone & iPad 1.4 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fixes.

GedTreeFree 0.9.10 (Mobile - Freeware)

• The number of generations shown is now configurable.
• Different codecs supported (utf-8, ascii, latin_1, ansel).

Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.219 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• GEDCOM Import - Lots of Gedcom improvements for better support of various genealogy programs.
• GEDCOM Export - Location of new Use Double Dating option.
• GEDCOM Export - Uses Double Dates when turned off and resets double dates in options.
• Reports - Ancestor and Descendant Books - Source Citations Indented more for each Generation.
• Reports - Multiple Lines of Descent - Multi-page Table of Contents had a page numbering problem.
• Reports - Picture Scrapbook - "Include the date printed" option was not saved when Legacy is closed.

LTools 1.3.32 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Data Bridge – Added a context menu (right-click) on the main window. Menu items available are Untag Individual and Launch Individual in Data Source.
• Run Raw SQL – Added Load Query from File to the context menu (right-click over the SQL text area).

MacFamilyTree 6.3.6 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Media Gallery performance improved.
• Several memory leaks fixed.
• Bug fixed that could cause MacFamilyTree to crash.

Saving Memories Forever for iPhone & iPad 1.0.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Minor text changes to better explain how the app works.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2013 build 130220 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Unexpected Program Error when importing a UTF-8 GECDOM file created on a Macintosh computer.
• Improved: Exports with Embedded Objects may now be encoded using the TCGB or GEDCOM methods.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130220 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Unexpected Program Error when importing a UTF-8 GEDCOM file created on a Macintosh computer.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.7.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Personal Genealogical Map

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 9.1.2 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Albums: When adding media to an album, pagination in the listed media did not work (fixed).
• Anniversaries: The pagination links always showed page 1, even after going to a new page, and the "Next" button always went to page 2 (fixed).
• CSS: Style sheets references will now be appended with the current version number to cut down on the amount of cache clearing needed during upgrades.
• Maps: Event pins were sometimes not displayed (fixed).
• Media: Default media icons had an unwanted drop shadow around the perimeter (fixed).
• And more.

Your Family Tree 3.1.3 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Free Subscription Trials.
• Improved Layout & Navigation.
• Prime focus on the latest issue.
• Clear Section Headings .

14 February 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Branches 1.2.2.8 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Added European date format to preferences.
• Improved multimedia handling during GEDCOM export.
• Fixed problem when showing concentrations of individuals.

Build Your Family Tree 5.30 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Minor interface improvement.

GedStar Pro for Android Version varies with device (Mobile - Freeware)

• Full support for Action Bar on Android V4.
• Simulated Action Bar for Android V2-3.
• Action Bar tabs for view navigation.
• Swipe between views on Android V4.
• Updated and sharpened graphics.

Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.215 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• GEDCOM Import - Lots of Gedcom improvements for better support of various genealogy programs.
• GEDCOM Export - Location of new Use Double Dating option.
• Publishing Center - Additional Tab - Table of Contents Start on an odd page setting was not staying set.
• Reports - Ancestor and Descendant Books - Source Citations Indented more for each Generation.
• Reports - Multiple Lines of Descent - Multi-page Table of Contents had a page numbering problem.
• and more...

Our Family Book 6.6.5 (Family Books - Windows - Purchase)

• During every start of the program, before the Main Screen shows up, the program now checks, if an update check is overdue.

Reunion for iPhone & iPod Touch 2.0.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fixed a crash on startup that several users were experiencing.
• People list - fixed "Birthdays in the next week" option.
• People list - fixed a crash when searching on person ID.
• Relatives list - capitalized some of the subtitles.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2013 build 130211 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Improved: Very large images are now not cached in order to avoid unexpected program errors.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.6.8 (Mobile - Purchase)

• New Fields - Email, telephone.
• Geocoding and geolocation.

8 February 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

iScrapbook 4.0.4 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Added ability to save new templates directly to special built-in locations.
• Added compatibility with Mac App Store version of iScrapbook 4.
• Significantly improved speed of software when page includes cropped images.
• Removed the Print column from the Layers Pane since it was causing some confusion (layers now always print if visible).
• Fixed multiple problems where pages could export/print with blank backgrounds.
• etc.

ViewGene NEW! (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• ViewGene is a family tree viewer that lets you easily view and investigate your ancestry. This application displays your ancestors in a convenient layout so that you can see how many descendants you have on each branch of your tree, allowing you to see where to focus your investigations.

31 January 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

GRAMPS 4.0.0-alpha4 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Impovements on installer.
• Better version handling with svn version support.
• Fix some OS and dependencies issues.
• Optional close button on gramplet bar tabs.
• Gramplets view becomes Dashboard.
• Add private column to views.

Reunion for iPhone & iPod Touch 2.0.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Optimized graphics for Retina displays.
• Optimized design takes advantage of the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 and the latest iPod Touch.
• Identify and list relatives/relationships for anyone in the family file.
• Search for places and display a list of people whose records include an event with a place.
• The new Recent button provides a handy shortcut to quickly return to the most recent list or view.
• Use your device's camera to take pictures and link them to people in your family file.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.6.6 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Update translator.

23 January 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 6.6.6 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New field 49 on Custom Lists for 'Age when married'.
• Ancestor chart did not have color in generation 6 on the printed 6 generation chart. Fixed.
• Descendant chart when making RTF file after the words [children of X and Y] it did not have carriage return so child was not on next line. (RTF only). Fixed.

GedStar Pro for Android 2.4.2 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Show the Action Bar on all devices running Android 3.0 and later.
• Fix some bugs introduced in V2.4.1

MacFamilyTree 6.3.5 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Performance enhanced.
• Localization updates.
• Fixed wrong saved charts/saved reports counter.
• Auto updater fixed.

Reunion 10.0.5 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Contact information is now synced to the latest version of Reunion for iPhone (version 2.0).
• Reunion 10 will import/export all contact information from/to GEDCOM files.
• File -> Save a Backup Copy now saves the Find Presets.
• Reunion 10 will properly import contact information from GEDCOM files created by Reunion 9.
• Fixed a problem where the sorting options for people were appearing for couples.
And more

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2013 build 130121 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Detailed address data not saved when there is no street address (e.g., if only an email or telephone is specified).
• Fixed: Display of incorrect birth/death years when an invalid date format is used (in which cases the year is now displayed as blank).
• Improved: Validation process for "Event Date Formats". More recommendations are offered and the list is now multi-select for acceptance of groups of recommendations.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130121 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Overlapping texts in Front Page layout when Landscape report format is specified.
• Improved: Minimize button is now included in the top right of the main window.
• Improved: Date parser will now appropriately interpret dates expressed as, for example, "1877-4-17".

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.6.5 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Update translator.

TreeDraw 4.0.5 (Charts and Diagrams - Windows - Shareware)

• Importing a chart with a blank import format resulted in a "List index out of bounds" error. Fixed.
• Import formats can no longer be blank. Fixed.
• Changing the Windows regional number format caused a floating-point error when starting TreeDraw. Fixed.

16 January 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Families for Android 1.7.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix screen update issue after editing marriage data.
• Fix bug when searching for location.
• Changes to relationship calculation including "Max Cousin Distance" setting.

MacFamilyTree 6.3.4 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Date Parser issues fixed.
• Issue scanning documents from within MacFamilyTree fixed.
• iPhoto / Aperture import improved.
• Several crash issues fixed.
• Localization updates.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130113 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Distorted thumbnail images in Microsoft Word reports (incorrect aspect ratio).

Transcript 2.4.1 build 94 beta (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Transcript now accepts and opens rtf, txt, pdf* and image files when dropped on top of Transcript's window. Note: pdf files are only accepted when GhostScript (32 bit version only) is installed as explained on the website.
• Swedish translation of interface added.
• Add page number to multipage images in about info.
• Check if locale folder containing translations is present and warn unless user's language is English.
• Updated a few JCL files for better Windows 8 detection.

9 January 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

CENtaR: The GEDCOM Census Table Report 1.0 (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• CENtaR: The GEDCOM Census Table Report is a new utility that will build a concise listing of all GEDCOM CENSus records found in your database and display them in tabular format.

GedStar Pro for Android 2.4.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Screen layouts specific to 7-inch-class tablets.
• Thumbnail photos in tree views on 7-inch and larger tablets.
• Fix for crashes on large tablets with V2.4.0
• Other bug fixes.

GRAMPS 4.0.0-alpha3 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Ability to add a tag when importing. Adds preference, and tag on import for CSV, XML, and GEDCOM file formats.
• Improvements on setup.py
• New URL for gramps-addons.
• Better LANG variable management.
• Better support for python 2 and python 3.
• Bug fixes.

Personal Ancestry Writer II 102 (Full Featured - Mac - Freeware)

• PAWriter was compiled only for Intel Macs using Real Studio 2012 Release 1.
• PAWriter has been code signed for OS 10.8 Mountain Lion with a new certificate.
• Animation has been restored to the watch curser.
• Operations which display the progress window (e.g., loading and tagging data files, listing possible problems, analyzing linkages, etc.) have been significantly speeded up.
• The previously "secret" feature that took a GEDCOM file and produced a "reformatted" version of that GEDCOM file is now made explicate as the Format GEDCOM menu item in the File menu.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130107 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Spurious "?" characters in ANSI-encoded HTML reports.
• Improved: Alignment of sequence numbers and texts in narrative sections of HTML reports when viewed with the Mozilla Firefox browser.
• Improved: Formatting of Notes section (removal of unnecessary newline when note ends with period; addition of final period when missing from note text.

Vivify: The GEDCOM Birth Date Estimator 1.0 (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Vivify: The GEDCOM Birth Date Estimator will estimate birth dates for every person found missing them in your database. Vivify works by running your GEDCOM file through a battery of recursive, multipass, deep scanning algorithms designed to make the most accurate estimate possible.

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