MacFamilyTree 8 4/5

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MacFamilyTree 8

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By Synium Software GmbH

MacFamilyTree 8 gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved to do. MacFamilyTree helps you capture your family history and turns data and facts into conclusive reports and visually impressive charts. No matter how you want to illustrate your family relationships – MacFamilyTree 8 has the right solution for you, offering different types of reports, charts or the innovative Virtual Tree 3D view.

Brand-new and unique: CloudTree Sync&Share (macOS Sierra required)

MacFamilyTree 8.1 comes with the brand new CloudTree feature - it is now possible for the first time to work on the same family tree with any number of users and in real time. All changes to your tree will be transferred and available to all other users invited by you within a few seconds. CloudTree operates in compliance with the highest data protection standards.

Your possibilities are nearly endless – optionally synchronize your data via iCloud or CloudTree, access a huge genealogical online archive to assist your research, create websites and family books or do your research on the go with MobileFamilyTree 8, available separately for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

MacFamilyTree 8 Overview:

- well-structured, fast and easy-to-use user interface

- the new Interactive Family Tree: Lets you navigate your entire family tree, view all persons and families, and add persons directly

- CloudTree Sync&Share: Sync your tree with your own devices or share and collaborate with other users

- FamilySearch: Doing extensive research has never been more convenient - access the world's biggest genealogical archive with several billions of person and family records from the comfort your home.

- Genealogical research developed specifically for macOS in order to harness cutting-edge Apple technologies for optimized application performance

Display your family tree: Charts, reports, views, and lists

- Numerous chart and view options, such as the Hourglass Chart, Ancestor Chart, Timeline, Double Ancestor Chart, Statistics, Name Distribution (by first and last names), Statics Maps (based on Apple Maps), Fan Chart, Kinship Chart, Genogram or Globe

- Numerous report options, such as Person Report, Family Report, Kinship Report, Narrative Report, Places List, Events List, Special Features Report, Person Analysis, Anniversaries, Person Lists, Marriage Lists, Plausibility Report, Source List, Task List, Map Report, Descendant Report, and more.

- Use the Virtual Globe feature to see how your family has spread across the globe in the course of time

- The MacFamilyTree 8 Virtual Tree shows your family history from an entirely new perspective - a 3D perspective!

- Full retina support. The user interface and all charts and views support high-resolution screens for optimized display quality

Research and publish

- Use FamilySearch to collaborate with your relatives or millions of other users or browse billions of person entries, which you can download directly into your family tree.

- Publish your family tree free of charge at – optional password protection available.

- Interview contemporary witnesses and save your videos or audio footage along with your notes

- All charts and reports may be shared directly from within MacFamilyTree via Mail, Messages, Twitter or Facebook.

- The Family Quiz: Find out just how well you know your family tree

.... and so much more!

Release Notes

6/23/2018 | Version : 8.3.5 | Size : 199.2 MB
- Age calculation in several views improved
- Plausibility checks improved
- Bug concerning the layout of several reports fixed
- File size of exported PDF files improved
- Duplicate search for Places improved
- Error selecting categories in the World History section improved
- Error in the GEDCOM header of exported GEDCOM files fixed
- Improved localisations

1/16/2018 | Version : 8.2.8 | Size : 185.7 MB
Smaller bug fixes

12/19/2017 | Version : 8.2.6 | Size : 185.7 MB
- Fixes using FamilySearch from within MacFamilyTree


Overall :
#128 : Top Grossing Mac Applications

Categories :
#32 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Productivity]
#71 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Productivity]

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Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for MacFamilyTree 8

Pretty good geneology software (8.1.4)
6/17/2017 9:21:09 AM 4/5 By MC5784
Overall, it’s pretty good. It’s very easy to navigate, which can be tricky with geneology software. It’s very easy to enter information, and to edit information. I LOVE that it offers so many ways to visualize your family tree: the circle chart is particularly beautiful and interesting to explore. However, it needs some work before becoming a perfect program. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, and gave it 4 because it’s very good at constructing a family tree, which is obviously what it advertises itself as being designed to do. However, I was really hoping for a program that would also help organize and record the vast number of papers, documents, and photos I’ve been collecting from my family, and to be able to share my research with other members of my family. In these matters, it is very weak. The things that really need improvement: - The website it publishes looks like it’s from 1997. The software’s UI is modern and simple and elegant in that Mac-software-way, and the many, many tree views it offers are all so elegant and beautifully designed… so it’s kind of a shocker to see the final, clunky website. In particular, the media needs to be improved, and there’s no location information. There also needs to be options to hide certain information or comments before publishing. - There needs to be separate categories for photographs/images of the people and places, and for media that is in document/written form. Lumping them all together under “media,” and having whichever one randomly ends up first be the person’s avatar on the family tree, is extremely clunky and inconvenient. When I add a group photo, and tag a bunch of people, that photo moves to the front of the “media” queue in each entry, and then I need to go back into each person and change the order of their media to get back to a photo of their face as the Family Tree avatar. There needs to be an assigned photo for the avatar that doesn’t change, and it needs to be able to be a cropped version of another photo (to get nice and square around their face) WITHOUT cropping the entire photo in the “media” section. - The media options in general need to be vastly improved, and IMO there should be a way to tag different media types: personal letters, business letters, government documents, education records, etc. At the very least, separate categories between government/official records, and personal records. I have thousands of random little documents and letters between family members that I’d like a much more elegant way to organize. I’d love to be able to scan them in, attached them to people, and know that a digital copy is safe. I guess this could be done by making them each a “source,” but that would make the source list completely unweildy. If that’s how it’s supposed to work, there needs to be a way to put sources in folders or categories/subcategories, because having to navigate a list of literally thousands of love letters and “wish you were here” postcards between distant relatives to find the 1900 census documentation would be ridiculous. - Locations needs to be significantly improved. This is a big one, and pretty frustrating. When doing family research, locations can be as important as individual people. First of all, you can only assign events down to the town level… but I have all these census records and family histories that include street addresses, and mutliple events happening in the same town that I’d like to assign to individual locations. Street addresses can be very important to family history: who got married in which church in town, what happened to the family when they were still living on X street, before they moved to the larger house on Y street, etc. There also needs to be ways to attach photographs, documents, and notes to locations… I have so many family stories of what happened at X location that don’t really belong under an individual person, but definitely belong to the location. It’s also really weird to me that you can’t assign photos to locations. I have a bunch of photos of houses that family members lived in, churches they got married in, vacation spots they went to, that I’d love a place to store and attach to the location. Basically, this program does about half of what I need it to do. Some stuff (like the location updates, and being able to assign a face to a name) I think it should already do. Being able to use it to store photos/memories/documents isn’t technically within the program’s mandate, but it would make the program so much more useful, and me such a happier customer.

Great app with minor inconveniences (8.1.4)
5/5/2017 12:33:49 AM 5/5 By Rightfield
This is as thorough as a family tree application can get. Adding new family members can be a bit cumbersome, the app doesn’t intuitivley support “non-conforming” family members, so a bit of data entry jiu jitsu is required, but overall an astounding application.

machine sounds like it’s going to blow-up (8.1.4)
4/24/2017 6:40:44 PM 3/5 By hkh777
I was looking for something that was user friendly to create several trees and stores photos, documents, etc. I didn’t like the clunky, Windows feel of the other Mac compatible programs. This one is the most Mac-like visually. Information is easy to input and it has many good features, like mapping and the ability to search from the web. However, the big draw-back that makes me kinda wish I didn’t buy it, is that my computer get’s hot and the fan loud, like it’s about to blow-up. I really hope this program doesn’t damage my machine.

Great Software! Great Customer Service! (8.1.4)
3/20/2017 7:23:29 AM 5/5 By SeeMonkee
This is wonderful geneology software for Mac users…and the corresponding iOS apps really make it the full package…but even more important is the customer service provided by Synium. I have had a few user questions and each time the response from the company has been super fast and helpful.

Excellent Application (8.1.4)
2/1/2017 4:57:17 PM 5/5 By mkgmkg3
I’ve been a user through several iterations of the program and have never had any issues with it. The program works better than many others and has a more responsive development team than I have seen with other applications.

Crashes constantly (8.1.2)
1/16/2017 10:51:25 AM 2/5 By Bill525
Upgraded from a previous version. Previous version was better in almost every way. Can’t use it for more than 10 minutes until it crashes the entire OS. This is the first Mac app that I’ve ever had this experience with. It’s unusual for a Mac app to be able to take down the entire system.

I Like It. (8.0.10)
9/7/2016 3:28:00 AM 4/5 By TheOldMacMan
As a beginner, the learning curve was minimal. No sluggishness, no freezing. It just works. That is why I buy Apple. Thank you.

I prefer version 7 (8.0.8)
8/5/2016 11:12:00 PM 2/5 By ire1850
Version 8 is a step backward when it comes to the visual experience of the interactive tree interface. The interface requires double-clicking an individual to reorient the tree around him/her, rather than the single click of version 7. The visuals are less appealing: the shadows on individuals make them look like they’re in a bad powerpoint; the “cartoon” symbol style option is the worst kind of 3D clipart; the rotating gear animation around the highlighted individual makes him/her look like they’re inside a prize ribbon; and the default scaling of selected and unselected individuals is all off. Finally, the interactive tree appears to have some kind of Star Wars effect where everything is displayed at a slight tilt going back in time… Why? The edit menu for each individual does not display a column for “description,” which is key for “events" like “occupation,” and there is no obvious way to edit which columns display in the edit bar (you can still see the description, however, by double-clicking the event for additional data). This version needed more user experience testing. I prefer version 7, despite some of the additional (useful) features of version 8, like “plausibility”—a feature which notifies you of inconsistent data among family members on your tree.

Love it (8.0.8)
8/5/2016 8:06:00 AM 5/5 By marthacunningham
After playing around with version 8 for a few weeks now I have to say that it’s a brilliant update. I love the colors and the interactive family tree and the new filters. It’s much easier now to enter persons or person data in the interactive family tree because you don’t have to switch between tree and person edit. It’s all in one view now and I can even see FamilySearch suggestions while I am working on my family tree. The charts don’t seem to have changed since version 7 but they were already so beautiful that I cannot think of any things I missed there. The layout itself is a huge enhancement. The huge sidebar on the right is gone and has been replaced by a much more elegant top bar. I have so much more space to view my charts now. Only thing that I miss is some kind of online collaboration to invite family members. Currently noone can contribute to my tree, just send me gedcomm files.

Mostly a step backwards (8.0.8)
8/4/2016 7:32:00 AM 2/5 By Spikeman123
I recently upgraded from MacFamilyTree 7, and frankly am quite regretful. Granted, I don’t use all the charting and graphing features, mainly just the tree editing and sourcing screens. The one good thing in 8 is the permanent editing window that docks on the right side of the screen (the version 7 quick edit would disappear as soon as you clicked off of it). However, the rest of the tree page has become hard to read and muddled. It is coded for retina macs and perhaps not having one is a drawback for me, as I have to make the text so large to be readable that it wraps funny. The tree edit page take just too much clicking to get to stuff that should be visible all the time or with just one click, as in version 7. The best way to describe it is like viewing your tree through a paper tube. The source viewer has also gotten harder to use, with sources being grouped and sorted in funny ways, but no straight up alphabetical list as before. I wish there was an option to view the tree edit page in the version 7 format.

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