Fam­ily Tree Builder 1.7

De­spite its ti­tle, Fam­ily Tree Builder is more of a ba­sic chart­ing tool – can it de­liver?

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Order is ev­ery­thing here – in­di­vid­u­als are dis­played un­der­neath the par­ent ac­cord­ing to where they ap­pear in the list

Pub­lisher: IWTech­nolo­gies w. http://fam­i­lytree.chart­mak­er­app. com Price: £9.95 First things first – this is not the MyHer­itage app of the same name, but a stand­alone Mac app you pur­chase through the Mac’s App Store. Fam­ily Tree Builder prom­ises much – fast tools for build­ing and or­gan­is­ing your tree, sup­port for ren­der­ing charts in full screen and the abil­ity to ex­port and share your tree widely.

The re­al­ity is some­what dif­fer­ent. It’s ac­tu­ally a very lim­ited tool for build­ing a sin­gle de­scen­dant chart that con­tains only the very ba­sic in­for­ma­tion re­quired: name, dates and de­tails of spouse. These are then linked to a ‘root’, namely the par­ent. Thus you slowly build the tree up – there’s no GEDCOM im­port, and the only po­ten­tially time-sav­ing tool is the op­tion to set up your tree in your spread­sheet (a tem­plate is pro­vided) be­fore im­port­ing it into Fam­ily Tree Builder.

Se­lect­ing a root is prob­a­bly the most so­phis­ti­cated part of the pro­gram – here, you se­lect your par­ent (or pre­vi­ous fam­ily group if in­putting de­tails of a sec­ond mar­riage), plus choose a solid or dot­ted line. Order is ev­ery­thing here – in­di­vid­u­als are dis­played un­der­neath the par­ent ac­cord­ing to where they ap­pear in the list, not birth date, so some plan­ning is re­quired.

As you add peo­ple, you’ll see the chart up­date in real time to re­flect your changes (don’t for­get to save reg­u­larly – there’s no au­to­matic save). There are tools for chang­ing the fonts, colours and icons – but no sup­port for in­clud­ing photos. It means the fi­nal chart is clean, but still ba­sic.

Once com­plete, you can then share the chart as a PNG im­age or PDF file, or ex­port it in ei­ther for­mat or CSV for­mat. A print op­tion is also avail­able. While it’s sim­plis­tic, Fam­ily Tree Builder is well pre­sented and easy to grasp, but its premise is so ba­sic we can’t help but feel cheated at spend­ing out £10 on what is noth­ing more than a ba­sic chart­ing app.

You can cus­tomise your tree’s ap­pear­ance, colour, font and size with some easy tweaks

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