Ge­neal­ogy on the Mac is now slicker than ever

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - J.R.Book­wal­ter

$59.99 From Synium Soft­ware GmbH, syni­um­soft­ Needs OS X 10.10 or later When it comes to Mac ge­neal­ogy so­lu­tions, no­body does it bet­ter than Synium. As ev­i­dence, we sub­mit the lat­est re­lease of MacFam­i­lyTree 8, which has added so many new fea­tures over the last two years that the de­vel­oper could have easily chris­tened it 9.0 and charged ac­cord­ingly for a whole new ver­sion.

Thank­fully, Synium chose to roll out all of this good­ness in a cas­cade of free up­dates cul­mi­nat­ing with 8.3, which dra­mat­i­cally im­proves per­for­mance, es­pe­cially while work­ing with the In­ter­ac­tive Tree. This is our fa­vorite way to edit a fam­ily tree and the adop­tion of Metal 2 sup­port al­lows for smoother an­i­ma­tion and im­proved text ren­der­ing.

In­ter­ac­tive Tree ben­e­fits from other im­prove­ments, no­tably the abil­ity to hide the side­bar for view­ing across the en­tire win­dow width. Gen­er­a­tion sep­a­ra­tor options make it eas­ier than ever to see who’s re­lated at a glance, while new Cam­era set­tings of­fer con­trol over light­ing and shad­ows. At last, users can even print this graph­i­cally rich over­view of their fam­ily tree in hard­copy form.

While In­ter­ac­tive Tree ben­e­fits the most, vi­su­als have been im­proved across the board with­out los­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion’s look and feel. Blood­line and in­di­rect re­la­tion­ship paths in­clud­ing adop­tions have been added as dis­play options, along with six Time­line styles that of­fer a fresh look at tree data in a sin­gle mouse click. Other new fea­tures in­clude du­pli­cate de­tec­tion and merg­ing two dif­fer­ent GEDCOM or MacFam­i­lyTree data­bases with full con­trol over the results.

All this slick­ness comes at a price — you’ll need a re­cent Mac, ca­pa­ble of run­ning macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later. If you own an older Mac, you’ll be left stranded on the pre­vi­ous ver­sion.

Like­wise, macOS 10.12 Sierra or later is re­quired for CloudTree sup­port, which al­lows real-time col­lab­o­ra­tion with an un­lim­ited num­ber of fam­ily mem­bers and de­vices. This shar­ing method is more ro­bust than the for­mer iCloud Drive sync, although that op­tion re­mains.

the bot­tom line. Fea­ture-rich up­dates that are worth the money, made even bet­ter be­cause they are free.

In­ter­ac­tive Tree mode now of­fers more ways to cus­tom­ize light­ing and shad­ows.

With a free up­date to MacFam­i­lyTree 8.3, six built-in styles make it easy to change your Time­line’s look.

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