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MacFamilyTree 8 Version History

18 Apr 2019
  • Directly open PDF files in the Preview app from the Edit Media section
  • Backup window is now displayed correctly on smaller screens
  • Bug fixes for older macOS versions, especially when using the new Edit Media section
  • Localization updates
12 Mar 2019
  • Display of website and audio icons improved when using the new Dark Mode in macOS Mojave
  • Option added in the Edit Media section to open selected pictures with Preview
  • Slideshow fixed for macOS 10.11 El Capitan and macOS 10.10 Yosemite
  • Web Research sites updated
  • Localization improvements
24 Feb 2019
  • Issue corrected preventing family trees stored on iCloud Drive from opening correctly
24 Feb 2019
  • Stability issue fixed when adding new media to a family tree
  • Opening media from the search section is now working reliable
20 Feb 2019
  • Completely new Media section
  • Rewritten from the ground up
  • Quick and easy access to all media in a family tree, like Pictures, Videos, PDFs and Web Sites
  • Improved search feature
  • Blazingly fast: Even 10.000 images show up in under one second on recent Macs
  • Easily export media to other apps using drag & drop
  • Configurable sorting and grouping
  • Directly edit all metadata from the same view: Add titles, labels, notes and sources without having to leave the media section
  • Tag persons on group shots
  • Directly play videos and audio and quickly browse through PDF files
  • Complete keyboard navigation to navigate to the next or previous image
  • Use drag & drop to add new media to your family tree
  • New Media Gallery
  • Well structured overview of all media in your family tree
  • Enlarge any image, video, website or PDF with a single click to its full size
  • Completely configurable including thumbnail size, sorting and grouping
  • Keyboard navigation to navigate to the next or previous image
  • Different coloring modes to tag media by type or date
  • Perfect to present your family tree to your relatives
  • Improved Slideshow
  • Many new configuration options added
  • Improved selection of the media items to display in the slideshow
  • Better on-screen controls during slideshows
  • Improved Virtual Globe
  • Greatly improved quality of the map
  • Better connection lines between event places
  • Improved display of place and country names
  • Better list of person and person events for easier navigation
  • Vastly improved map sharpness on Macs with a Retina display
  • Use Smart Filters to only display specific persons
  • Improved search feature
  • Splitting Family Trees & Exporting specific parts
  • Need to export part of your family tree into a new file to share it with relatives? MacFamilyTree 8.5 will just do that.
  • Control precisely which part of your family tree should be exported (for example, only the paternal or maternal line)
  • Easy selection of the persons to export (for example using Smart Filters)
  • Removing parts of a Family Tree
  • Quickly and efficiently remove parts of your family tree without deleting persons one by one
  • Easy and precise control of which persons to remove and which to keep in your family tree
  • Other
  • When exporting GEDCOM files, optionally specify to only include the year component of dates
  • Many bug fixes and smaller improvements
04 Dec 2018
  • Issue displaying custom event icons fixed
  • Issue exporting web sites with images fixed when using Macs with a Retina display
  • Cancel button when editing places now works as expected
  • Performance enhancements when editing places in databases with a huge number of entered places
  • Error merging family trees with associated persons fixed
  • Localization updates
18 Oct 2018
  • Issues importing and exporting GEDCOM files corrected
25 Sep 2018
  • Big fixed that prevented opening trees when using macOS High Sierra
24 Sep 2018
  • MacFamilyTree has been optimized for macOS Mojave - this includes full support for the new macOS Mojave Dark Mode as well as several performance enhancements
25 Jul 2018
  • CloudTree synchronisation issues fixed
  • Several FamilySearch issues fixed
24 Apr 2018
  • 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
15 Mar 2018
  • Issue fixed where certain charts for a family could not be displayed
  • Minor user interface problems fixed when merging family trees
07 Mar 2018
  • Fixes an bug that could cause the Interactive Tree to crash MacFamilyTree on certain Mac models
27 Feb 2018
  • Fixes an issue where merging a database or searching for duplicates prevents CloudTree sync
23 Feb 2018
  • Fixes an issue using the Interactive Tree on OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.11 El Capitan
12 Feb 2018
  • Much Improved Interactive Tree
  • Support added for Metal 2 when running in macOS 10.13 High Sierra for incredible smooth animations and less energy consumption
  • Much improved text rendering when running on macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Improved visualisation of family connections, persons and images
  • Much improved performance when using Family Search in the Interactive Tree
  • Improved indicators when further persons are present
  • Sidebar can be hidden when browsing the Interactive Tree
  • Print the Interactive Tree
  • Configurable Family Connections: Highlight blood relationships and adopted relationships
  • Improved generation separators: Quickly discover which persons are related
  • Improved control over shadows and lighting
  • Improved navigation and zoom
  • New Database Merge
  • Merge GEDCOM files and MacFamilyTree files to your current family tree
  • Detects persons, families, sources and places present in both files in order to avoid duplicates
  • Decide on a entry-by-entry case which information to preserve
  • New Duplicate Detection
  • Search for duplicate persons, families, places or sources in your family tree
  • When duplicate entries are found, merge these entries while preserving family connections
  • New Timeline
  • Completely redeveloped Timeline
  • Choose between 6 graphical styles
  • Group timeline entries to create separate sections by last name or birth place
  • Display historical events, like World War II, directly on the timeline
  • Configurable fonts
  • Configurable events: Choose which person and family events should be displayed in the timeline
  • Timeline can be configured to be displayed as a top to bottom chart or left to right chart
  • Other Improvements:
  • Performance of all charts & diagrams vastly improved
  • Performance across the app improved, especially when using macOS 10.13 High Sierra or iOS 11
  • Find and reveal specific persons in larger charts
  • Smart Filters improved with more search options
  • Improved places import from GEDCOM files
  • Improved display of married names
  • Improved plausibility warnings
  • Countless number of smaller improvements and bugfixes
17 Jan 2018
  • Smaller bug fixes
18 Dec 2017
  • German and French localisation updated
  • Smaller bug fixes
02 Dec 2017
  • Fixes using FamilySearch from within MacFamilyTree
21 Oct 2017
  • Importing notes from GEDCOM files improved
  • Bugs in the Statistic Maps resolved
  • Picture display in charts improved
  • Updated French user manual
  • Bug in the language selection when using charts or reports resolved
07 Oct 2017
  • Several fixes for macOS High Sierra
13 Jul 2017
  • Support added to print to more than 32x32 pages
  • Issues displaying labels fixed
  • Children in the Fan Chart are now ordered correctly
  • The Hourglass Chart hides information marked as private correctly
  • Localisation updates
03 Jul 2017
  • Stability issue using FamilySearch fixed
  • Printing improved
  • GEDCOM import improved concerning Places and Notes
22 Jun 2017
  • Bugs exporting GEDCOM files corrected
  • Issue in the Narrative Report fixed
20 Jun 2017
  • New & Improved Charts
  • New Fractal Tree Chart
  • New Horizontal/Vertical Fractal Chart
  • New Symmetrical Fractal Tree Chart
  • New Fractal Circular Tree Chart
  • Completely rewritten styling of most charts
  • Many configureable styling options to choose from
  • Configureable event & fact display
  • Configureable line styles
  • Configureable shadow styles
  • Size of boxes can be increased/decreased depending on generation in nearly all charts for better space efficiency
  • Greatly improved performance rendering charts
  • Select custom fonts in all charts
  • Labels can now be displayed in each chart
  • New background styles
  • Improved Timeline (configureable coloring and styles)
  • Reference Numbers can be shown in all charts
  • Display of kinships now available in the Genogram Chart
  • Tree Chart now displays family events like marriage and divorce correctly
  • Improved Fan Chart
  • Configureable styles added
  • Improved Fan Chart text rendering
  • Much improved performance
  • Improved Chars Editor & Printing
  • Configureable pagination layout for poster printing
  • Option to automatically layout objects to a specific count of pages
  • When printing to multiple pages, a page number can be printed on each page for easy identification
  • Unlimited undo while editing a chart
  • Improved user interface
  • FamilySearch improvements
  • Performance of FamilySearch integration in the Interactive Tree dramatically improved
  • Comparing local and FamilySearch persons improved
  • Coordinates of places are automatically downloaded from FamilySearch
  • LDS Ordinances added (reserve, print, share with Temple etc.)
  • Family Tree is automatically scanned for possible LDS Ordinances that can be reserved
  • Other
  • Improved organisation of functions
  • Keyboard navigation added to the Interactive Tree
  • GEDCOM import and interoperability with other apps improved
  • Date interpretation when exporting GEDCOM files improved
  • Options added to configure which additional names to display in addition to the full name
  • CloudTree performance improved
30 Jan 2017
  • Issue syncing with CloudTree fixed
  • Issue merging persons in a family tree fixed
  • Touch Bar integration using the Interactive Tree improved
17 Jan 2017
  • Plausibility Check is now handling LDS events correctly
  • Hourglass Chart in the Person Report can now be configured correctly
  • Issues migrating databases from previous versions fixed
  • Right-click in the Interactive Tree works reliably now
  • Interactive Tree background colors fixed
10 Dec 2016
  • Rare issue fixed where CloudTree does not sync a specific entry type
  • Fixed FamilySearch "Reject all Matches" button
  • New LDS Temples added
04 Dec 2016
  • Problem displaying the Map Report fixed
  • Rare crash issue fixed during syncing with CloudTree
  • Touch Bar updating issue fixed
30 Nov 2016
  • 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 privacy standards and relies on Apple's iCloud infrastructure.
  • CloudTree Sync
  • CloudTree syncs only changes. Sounds like a no-brainer to you? Well, it isn’t. The old iCloud sync always needed to transfer your complete family tree file. If you change just one person’s birthday, the whole file had to be uploaded and download again. With CloudTree Sync, only that single event has to be synchronized. This means faster sync than ever while consuming just very little bandwidth. Even sync via cellular network is no longer an issue.
  • CloudTree Share
  • Invite other iCloud users to work with them on the same family tree. All changes are synched within seconds and are available on all other devices. Just have a look at the change log if you want to know which entries changed and who contributed to your tree. There’s also a read-only mode if you like to show your tree to family members but don’t want them to edit anything.
  • Other improvements:
  • Support for Touch Bar added, several contextual functions are directly accessible from the small display above the keyboard on the recently introduced MacBook Pro
  • Improved place selection and management
  • Better Web Site export performance
  • Improved configuration of the Kinship report
  • Timeline chart can now be filtered using Smart Filters
  • Place list can now be sorted by state, county and country
  • Many new Smart Filter options added
19 Aug 2016
  • Fixes for an upcoming release of OS X
  • Several fixes exporting and importing GEDCOM files
  • Norwegian localization improved
  • Maximum zoom factor in the Fan Chart increased
12 Aug 2016
  • Stability improvements when using FamilySearch
  • Bug fixed that could lead to a crash during GEDCOM import
  • Localizations updated
02 Aug 2016
  • Norwegian localization added
  • Fixes for an upcoming OS X release
  • Using URLs in the media section improved
18 Jul 2016
  • Issues searching for matches on FamilySearch fixed
  • Issue fixed that could prevent the Relationship Chart from displaying correctly
  • Localization improvements
  • Sorting of partners in the descendant chart improved
05 Jul 2016
  • Several issues drawing connection lines in diagrams fixed
  • Sorting of family names improved when exporting web sites
  • Issues using the change log fixed
28 Jun 2016
  • Issue fixed that could lead to a crash displaying persons in the edit section
27 Jun 2016
  • Improved Printing of Charts with many connection lines
  • Various stability improvements
  • French User Guide added
  • Localization improvements
  • Interactive Tree improved on Retina displays
06 Jun 2016
  • Several issues importing GEDCOM files corrected
  • Issues migrating MacFamilyTree 7 databases fixed
  • Partners are now correctly ordered in the descendancy chart
  • Fixed an issue that could result in crashes editing persons
  • Fixed an issue correctly evaluating which person event should be displayed on exported web sites
  • Localization updates
24 May 2016
  • Performance of the Interactive Tree improved
  • Issues with plausibility testing corrected
  • Manual coordinate input improved
  • Sorting of person events improved
  • GEDCOM exchange with third party apps improved
17 May 2016
  • Several GEDCOM issues fixed
  • Place coordinate data is now correctly imported from GEDCOM files
  • Backup Manager now works correctly on MacBook Air 11"
  • Errors in the Descendancy Report corrected
  • Performance of several database maintenance functions improved
  • Bug saving the Fan Chart as a PNG file corrected
  • Shadows in the Interactive Tree can now be disabled
18 Apr 2016
  • New Interactive Tree
  • Much improved layout
  • Beautiful new look
  • Navigate, add and enter persons faster than ever
  • Better FamilySearch integration
  • Force Touch supported
  • Completely configureable
  • Display up to 8 generations of ancestors and descendants at once, including brothers & sisters
  • Full keyboard control for browsing the Interactive Tree
  • Completely new user interface
  • Much better usage of screen space
  • Configureable functions layout
  • Hide functions you do not use often
  • Quick keyboard navigation
  • Global back and forward history similar to a web browser
  • New database management window
  • Smart Filters
  • See only relevant entries from your database you're currently focusing on
  • Create and save complex search filters (all living women in Texas)
  • Available for Persons, Families, Sources, Places and ToDo's
  • Also available for most reports to create specialized reports from a subset of persons from your tree
  • Powerful new Sidebar Lists
  • Completely redesigned Person, Family, Place, Source and ToDo sidebar lists
  • Much improved search options
  • Configureable grouping/sectioning options (for example by birth place, last name, creation date and so on)
  • Sorting options greatly enhanced
  • Available in the Edit, Views and Reports sections
  • Custom Event & Fact types
  • Create your own Person Events, Facts or Family Events, and record any kind of information
  • All reports and views adapted to display custom events and fact types
  • Hide event and fact types you do not use often
  • Easily import data from other genealogy apps
  • More default event and fact types added
  • Improved management of event icons
  • Improved edit mode
  • Adjustable font size for all edit sections
  • Improved keyboard navigation
  • Improved event, fact and source lists
  • Optionally larger sizes for parents, partners and children above and below the edit view
  • Better readability
  • Better performance
  • Change Log
  • All changes in your database are recorded for further reference
  • Keep track of when you worked on which records
  • See all change log entries for a specific person or family directly in the edit sections
  • Much improved performance
  • All parts of MacFamilyTree & MobileFamilyTree heavily optimized
  • Improved memory usage
  • GEDCOM support
  • Much improved compatibility with other apps
  • Better handling of custom GEDCOM tags from other genealogy apps
  • Improved importing performance
  • Detailed error reporting
  • Improved and configureable character encoding detection
  • Navigation Timeline
  • Quickly see and select persons related to the person you are currently editing
  • See when events happened in a person’s lifetime
  • Available in all edit functions
  • Plausibility testing
  • Checks for many different kinds of data integrity problems like „buried before death“
  • Available for the Interactive Tree or when editing persons or families
  • Improved places management
  • Map added to check if the selected place is the correct one
  • Improved automatic batch coordinate lookup
  • Rewritten places merge including automatic merge suggestions
  • Improved FamilySearch integration
  • Auto-Login option added
  • Improved performance when matching and downloading persons
  • Support for more event types
  • Other
  • Unknown gender option added
  • Charts & Reports options revamped for better numerical input
  • More sorting & grouping options for the Person List report
  • Name Distribution can now be displayed for first name
  • Labels can now be displayed in all charts
  • New Events & Facts statistic chart added
  • New search sites added to the Web Research feature
  • Performance of the Media Gallery improved
  • Improved import from Apple’s Photos app
  • Person List Report option added to separate name components into different columns
  • New user manual