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1 August 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

MacFamilyTree 7.0.6 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Performance of reports increased.
• Increased performance when editing sources.
• More web research databases added.
• Date formatting improved.
• Polish translation added.
• Kinship report improved for multiple marriages.
• Several other fixes.

MobileFamilyTree 7.0.6 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Polish localization added.
• Date parsing improved.
• Improved kinship report.

RootsMagic (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Added ability to copy FamilySearch ID to clipboard from Share Data screen (button in upper right).
• New: Added ability to copy FamilySearch ID to clipboard from Edit Person screen (in Options menu).
• New: RootsMagic adds "standardized date" when adding a fact to FamilySearch Family Tree.
• Fixed: Children on FamilySearch Share Data tab now sort in the order you have them in RootsMagic.
• Fixed: Some issues with a few special date conversions in PAF import.
• Fixed: Some error #404 messages when accessing a living person on FamilySearch Family Tree.

25 July 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Branches (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Corrected a problem on Family Group Sheet printed reports where page headers were sometimes printed twice.

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

• Can display icon to indicate direct ancestors of a specified person.

LiveHistory 1.1.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Bugfixes.

LTools 1.3.37 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Add the ability to 'Fetch' individuals by surname in the 'Data Bridge'.
• Add 'Christening Date' and 'Christening Place' to 'Data Bridge'.
• Add ' - Ohio, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962' to 'Data Bridge'.
• Add ' - Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997' to 'Data Bridge'.

RootsMagic (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed: Random crashes (access violations) which could occur when problem alerts were enabled.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2013 build 130719 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Unexpected program error when editing dates which contain a qualifier (e.g. Estimated).
• Fixed: German translation of Marriage Bann in Events selection.

18 July 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.13 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Occasionally, one of the screens would come up out of view, making it appear that AQ had locked up. Fixed.
• Prior to checking to see if FamilySearch considered the merge of two Family Tree records to be viable, AQ would take the time to load all the information needed to complete the merge. Fixed.
• If FamilySearch had changed the PID of a record to which you had linked one of your records, when AQ next attempted to work with that record, it would display a message to let you know the new PID. Fixed.

Arlington National Cemetery Explorer (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug Fixes.

Brother's Keeper 6.6.9 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• If you are on the Edit screen and you click a picture, and that picture has a heading in the grid, then the heading will show when the picture is displayed full screen.
• GEDCOM import will accept the tags 'PEDI ADOPTED' and 'PEDI FOSTER'
• GEDCOM import will created events for Divorce or Annulled even if those events have no date in the gedcom file.
• Fixed a problem where 'count of descendants' sometimes gave error 75 if there were over 60,000 people.
• On the Book reports, when using custom wording for marriage events, two problems were fixed. One involved the Engaged event, and one involved Not Married.

MacFamilyTree 7.0.5 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed the To Do wizard to not create duplicate To Do's.
• Many bug fixes for the Timeline chart.
• Person Report improved to include persons age.
• Portuguese User Guide added.
• Several localization improvements.

MobileFamilyTree 7.0.5 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fixed playing Audio files.
• Localizations improved.
• Downloading large person records from FamilySearch improved.

Obituary for iPhone and iPad 2.7 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Fixed a bug that was causing the app to crash.

RootsMagic (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Added Problem Alerts.
• Enhanced: Added code to Database Tools > Clean phantom records to clean up issues with FamilySearch Family Tree links.
• Fixed: A number of small bugs.

11 July 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

GedStar Pro 4.4.8 (Other Tools - Windows - Purchase)

• Additional updates for Legacy Family Tree V8.

LTools 1.3.35 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Add 'Find A Grave' to the 'Data Bridge'.
• Add warning when Legacy V8 database is opened.
• Allow sourcing of fields which haven't been updated in 'Data Bridge'.

MacFamilyTree 7.0.4 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Merging places improved.
• New name formatting options added.
• Fixed entering LDS temple events for families.
• Importing pictures from iPhoto and Aperture fixed.
• Localizations improved.
• Stability improvements.

MobileFamilyTree 7.0.4 (Mobile - Purchase)

• New name formatting options added.
• Improved stability.
• Bugs using FamilySearch fixed.

My Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Added support for OpenDyslexic font from
• Added High Contrast themes.
• Added full date display option to charts.
• Improved timeline performance and layout.
• Multipage tree printing.
• Scan to add photos/attachments.

Splatter: The GEDCOM Population Distribution Heatm (Mapmaking - Windows, Mac, Linux - Freeware) NEW!

• It will Splatter all the locations in your database across the face of a fully featured Google Map. In Splatter, location markers are grouped into clusters and the total number of persons found within that cluster displayed inside the cluster icon. These clusters are also represented on the surface of the world as a heat map.

3 July 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.12 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Added a Merge capability for merging records on Family Tree.
• Converted the feature which reads and updates Discussions on FamilySearch to directly work with Family Tree rather than New.FamilySearch.

Arlington National Cemetery Explorer 1.0.4 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug Fixes.
• Improved Stability.
• Enhanced iPhone 5 compatibility.
• Improved iPad support.
• Pan/Zoom for POI images.

Discover Your Ancestors 4.9.26 (Mobile - Purchase)

• iPhone 5 optimization.
• Memory fix on larger issue downloads.
• Minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

LiveHistory 1.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Forecasting of unknown dates.
• Consistency Guidance.

MacFamilyTree 7.0.3 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Importing and exporting GEDCOM files improved.
• Localization improvements.
• Fixed crash when adding notes to events.
• Sorting events by date fixed when viewing places.
• Login issues to FamilySearch fixed.
• Performance enhancements for larger databases.
• Other stability improvements.

MobileFamilyTree 7.0.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Importing and exporting GEDCOM files improved.
• Stability improvements, especially when using FamilySearch.
• Errors handling associated persons, like godparents, corrected.
• Localization improvements.

RootsMagic (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed: A bug which could cause an "Abstract Error" when adding a new person to FamilySearch.

TreeDraw 4.1.1 (Charts and Diagrams - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Italic text elements were wrapping before the last word when they should have been single-line.
• Fixed: Word-wrapped text elements sometimes wrapped differently when in edit mode.
• Fixed: If linked databases are missing these are now reported summarized after an "Update text" operation.

27 June 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.11 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Individual Review with FamilySearch Screen: Added ability to delete facts from individual records of Family Tree.
• Check for Changes: Added an option to "Mark All" changed records as having been reviewed.
• Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features.

GRAMPS 4.0.1 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Gtk3: fix menu on person editor and Geography views, convert deprecated code for the indicator in entryfield.
• GEDCOM: Fix crash on export when there are addresses, fix space on ID.
• Disallow bookmarking a source in the Citation Tree View.
• Better RTL support on Pedigreeview and position for gramplets.
• Fix crash on ancestor chart report.

MobileFamilyTree 7.0.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Several stability improvements, especially when using FamilySearch.
• Norwegian translation improved.
• Search for persons, families and sources improved.
• Bug that could prevent GEDCOM files from importing fixed.
• Several smaller fixes.

My Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Added High Contrast themes.
• Added full date display option to charts.
• Multipage tree printing.
• Scan to add photos/attachments.
• Print photos/photo albums/attachments.
• Added sources for LDS events.

RootsMagic (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Can now view and copy sources between RootsMagic and FamilySearch Family Tree.
• New: Can now view change history for FamilySearch Family Tree records.
• New: Can now "restore" changes made from the FamilySearch Family Tree Changes tab.
• New: Can now color code a named group.
• Updated: FamilySearch Share Data screen shows more information when copying data between RootsMagic and FamilySearch.
• Updated: Enhanced FamilySearch Ordinances screen.
• Updated: Sources can be viewed from the FamilySearch Share Data screen.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130620 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Dates expressed as "BET xxx AND yyy" are now correctly narrated. (In recent releases, "Between" has not been output in some instances.)
• Improved: French first-of-the-month dates are now expressed as "1er".

Who Do You Think You Are Magazine 2.1.8 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Greatly improved page speed.
• Faster download of issues.
• Enhanced design for iPhone.
• General performance improvements.
• Bug fixes.

20 June 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.10 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Changed most of the API calls that used to work with to work instead with the Family Tree of FamilySearch.

My Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Support for the new OpenDyslexic typeface from which improves text redability for dyslexic readers. Once installed on your device, you can enable the font pressing Ctrl+D.
• Support for high contrast themes which can be selected from the Themes menu.
• Support display zoom which enables you to make all the text and controls larger.

Second Site 5.0 Build 9 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Changed the sibling inclusion filter for the Family Explorer to use the Show Name when Child filter.
• Changed the Norwegian sort sequence to treat (1) "aa" as "å" and (2) "Aa" as "Å".
• Added the Page Title Only Header Script.
• Change the Left-Hand Frame Menu Menu Script to include a link to the Surname Index.
• Added the SS-HID code.
• Changed the Second Site installer program to omit some system files that should already be present on the target PC.
• Some fixes.

StoryPress 1.3.5 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug Fixes.

TMG Utility 7.3 Build 1 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Enabled the Flag Filter for the Change Roles feature.

12 June 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Discover Your Ancestors 4.9.23 (Mobile - Purchase)

• iPhone 5 optimization.
• Memory fix on larger issue downloads.
• Minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed

"It's time to start unwrapping the newest edition of our Legacy Family Tree software - version 8 - but just a little at a time. This will be the first of many articles showing some of Legacy's coming features. I'll start with some of the smaller features and work my way up to revealing the really cool new stuff."

MacFamilyTree 7.0.1 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Norwegian, French and Swedish localizations fixed.
• Alignment fixed in the Notes and Sources sections.
• Fixes for the Plausibility Report.
• FamilySearch login issues fixed.
• Family Quiz localization issues fixed.
• Name Distribution Chart saving issue fixed.
• Several stability improvements.

TMG Utility 7.3 Build 0 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Updated TMG Utility to be compatible with projects from TMG v8.05+ having TMG project version 10.
• Added the File > Open Log Folder command to open the folder that contains the log files.
• In the Set Year Only Dates feature, changed "Location Group" to "Address Group" and "Custom Group" to "Other Group" to agree with TMG terminology.
• Some fixes.

6 June 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Europeana Open Culture 1.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• This version allows search in selected image collections of Europeana, Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage portal. The images included are available for free re-use and cover five themes: Maps and Plans, Art, Photography, Treasures of the Past, and Treasures of Nature.

GedFamilies for Android 1.1.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix geolocation problems.
• Fix problem where wrong spouse may be displayed when switching from Family to Pedigree View.

My Family Tree 3.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• New chart printing as tiled pages which can be assembled to create a full size tree.
• New scan and printing support for photos and attachments.
• New support for relationship events, multiple names, citations, addresses, and contact details.
• User interface enhancements and two new themes.
• Performance and stability imrpovements.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130601 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Logic error in formatting RTL (right-to-left) text sequences which could also cause an unexpected program error.

30 May 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Behold 1.0.5 (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Purchase)

• Add an "Ancestral Loops" section to the Everything Report just before the File Information, to display all the loops and all the people in them parent to child with birth and death dates and messages that will help identify and fix the problem. There must be at least one loop for the section to display.
• Enlarge the Find Files file reading buffer that reads the HEAD record from 512 bytes to 2048 bytes so that less information from longer HEAD sections gets missed.
• Provide a message when there are extra spaces in the GEDCOM between date parts.
• Add option to not display an individual's sources sorted by source title, but to instead display them in the order they were in the GEDCOM file - requested by user Nick Jackson.

GedStar Pro 4.4.7 (Other Tools - Windows - Purchase)

• Support database changes in Legacy Family Tree V8.x. Earlier versions of GedStar will crash when converting an 8.x database.
• Workaround for changes in roles that were introduced in TMG V8.07. Basic roles should appear correctly, but user-defined roles will not be displayed.

GRAMPS 3.4.5 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Ability to keep custom filename on output.
• Book report: Sub reports forget/overwrite their settings when trying to re-configure them.
• End of Line Report options window – changing Output Format cause change active tab to “report options”.
• Various updated translations: de, es, fr, nb, nl, pl, sk.

MacFamilyTree 7.0 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• New User Interface.
• iCloud support.
• Rewritten FamilySearch integration.
• New Edit Mode.
• New Virtual Globe.
• New Virtual Tree.
• New Name Distribution Chart.
• New Plausibility Report.
• Support for Associated Persons.
• GEDCOM Import and Export vastly improved.
• Improved Source editing.
• Source Repositories.
• New Backup Manager.
• Countless bug fixes and smaller improvements.

MobileFamilyTree 7.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Incorporation of iCloud that enables you to sync your family trees on all iCloud-capable devices.
• More streamlined and modern interface.
• New reports.
• Better FamilySearch integration.

22 May 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

FamilyInsight for Windows 2013.5.13.0 (Other Tools - Windows - Purchase)

• Improved handling Roots Magic 6 files.
• Improved handling of Family Tree Maker files.
• Fixed crashes.
• Improved media handling.
• Removed Separate and AncestorSplit feature because of changes on new FamilySearch.
• Added ability to save to earlier Family Tree Maker files that we open.

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

• Conversion to GTK 3 and use of gobject introspection.
• Support for python 3.
• Code reorganization.
• Autotools is no longer used for building Gramps, distutils is used.
• Completely reworked localization handling.

MacFamilyTree 6.3.9 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed saving editable charts.
• Fixed saving editable reports.
• Stability improvements.

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 9.2.1 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Ahnentafel/Register: Child links on these pages did not go to the right place (fixed).
• Calendar: The cross icon used to indicate a death has been replaced with a headstone icon.
• Calendar: The names of living and private individuals were being displayed on the calendar when the user did not have rights to see that information (fixed).
• Cemeteries: Headstone pagination links for cemeteries were not working (fixed).
• Citations: When creating a new source while adding a new citation, the dropdown of repositories was not being restricted to the current tree (fixed).
• And much more...

10 May 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

GedFamilies for Android 1.1.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix screen update issue after editing marriage data.
• Don't generate GIVN tag with blank data.
• Support file transfer via cloud and email.
• Support video.

GedFamilies for iPhone & iPad 1.1.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support file transfer via cloud and email.
• Support video.
• Accept long-format month names in date input.

iScrapbook 4.0.6 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Added better error reporting to Share feature when a problem or error occurs.
• Improved speed of Template Chooser when large numbers of templates are present.
• Image placeholders now work like shape placeholders: when a photo is dropped on the placeholder, it's automatically cropped to the placeholder bounds.
• iPhoto libraries can now be selected when using the "Choose Aperture Library" command (since Aperture can also open iPhoto libraries).
• Bug fixes.

Legacy Mobile 1.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fixes.
• Improvements to the Tree View page.

Second Site 5.0 Build 5 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Extended the Tag Label Translation facility to support translation of role labels so that advanced users can modify role labels that are not optimal for publishing.
• SDF files with Language.HTML Character Set set to "iso-8859-1" will be changed to "windows-1252" which is the recommended value for HTML5 documents created under MS Windows that are not using UTF-8.
• Bug fixes.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130503 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Improved: Norwegian reports now report upwardly removed cousins as, for example, parent's second cousin instead of third cousin's parent. (This improves clarity when there is no third cousin.)

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.8.7 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Update for larger screens.

TreeDraw 4.1.0 (Charts and Diagrams - Windows - Shareware)

• Added Database Link command to drawing area popup menu.
• More informative "Invalid format" error messages in "Preferences | Import fields".

2 May 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Branches (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Re-designed source citation, note, family view and merge screens to fit on computers with a maximum resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels.

Discover Your Ancestors 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.

Families for Android 1.8.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix further relationship bugs.
• Improve cloud transfer.

Families for Legacy Family Tree 1.8.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Accept long-format month names in date input.
• Fix missing sources for marriage events.
• Fix further relationship bugs.

Family History and Genealogy Records 1.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Bugs fixed.
• Improved.

GedTreeFree 0.9.12 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Marriages are now shown in the long-click popup.
• The number of generations shown is now configurable.
• Different codecs supported (utf-8, ascii, latin_1, ansel).
• .GED files can now be opened with the internal file browser too.

25 April 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Agelong Tree 4.6 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• If the tree is too big for saving as one image into one file, Agelong Tree automatically divides the image into equal parts and saves it into several files.
• When the tree is saved as an image, the half-filled pages are saved sized as the other pages.
• In the tree preview window it is possible to choose large page formats, even those that are not supported by a default printer.
• It is possible to choose a type of the tree and a lineage list type on the "Persons" tab before building them.

Brother's Keeper 6.6.8 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• If you pick Lists, Locations, and then Print, there is a new option to show the Latitude and Longitude fields for locations.
• Fixed a problem where going to the Edit screen would cause an error for very large monitors.
• Fixed a problem with gedcom import if the gedcom file had a Source that had a Media field of Tombstone, it would show as Photo.
• Fixed a problem where sometimes a gedcom export of notes would cause problems in the rare case of a note that had a line feed without a carriage return.

GedTreeFree 0.9.11 (Mobile - Freeware)

• The number of generations shown is now configurable.
• Different codecs supported (UTF-8, ASCII, Latin_1, Ansel).
• GEDCOM files can now be opened with the internal file browser too.

MacFamilyTree 6.3.8 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Hungarian Localization fixed.
• GEDCOM importer now correctly imports notes associated with media.
• Several stability improvements.

Reunion 10.0.6 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Sources list - fixed a problem when using the ≠ character to find populated fields.
• Date feasibility - fixed a problem where date feasibility checking was not working when a new parent was added.
• Reports - fixed a problem when creating reports with notes containing double-chevron characters.
• Reports - fixed a text styling bug in RTF reports.
• Register and Ahnentafel reports - fixed a capitalization problem when a date modifier began a sentence.
• And much more.

Second Site 5.0 Build 3 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a bug where Body Tags.Detail Format=Raw Data didn't work properly in the Grid and Three Columns Formats.
• Fixed an issue where the Family Explorer icon didn't work properly when using Site.HTML Format=XHTML.
• Fixed two bugs where a Search Form caused an error 91, "object not set", during the Make Site process.

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.

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