Genealogy on the Mac is now slicker than ever
$59.99 From Synium Software GmbH, syniumsoftware.com 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.