In June 2008, the iOS App Store was opened. "Wouldn’t it be practical to be able to use one’s family tree on the road or to be able to edit it right at the family reunion? Without the requirement for a desktop computer?" we thought to ourselves… and after a few weeks or hard work around the clock, the first version of MobileFamilyTree was done. Even this first version allowed synching with MacFamilyTree, displaying and editing data on iPhone and iPod touch. The functionality was limited but we were able to offer the first genealogy app.
A little over a year later, the first big update was released: MobileFamilyTree 2. Not only did version 2 show persons and families, but was able to display almost everything MacFamilyTree displays. The new features it offered were the virtual tree, the map view with Google Maps, the family quiz and a new media browser. One limitation, however, stayed: MacFamilyTree was still required alongside on a Mac, MobileFamilyTree still only was a companion app. The computing power of the first iPhone simply was not enough to import big databases on its own, so that work had to be done by a Mac and MacFamilyTree.
After having introduced the first genealogy app ever, in the summer of 2011, we introduced MobileFamilyTree Pro, the first independent standalone genealogy app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This no longer was a companion app that required MacFamilyTree on a Mac. We actually ported MacFamilyTree to iOS. This could be used independently of a computer. Almost every function from diagrams to different views and reports from MacFamilyTree on an iPhone or iPad – This was a first. And still is. Even two years later, nothing remotely similar is available.
15 years of MacFamilyTree and 5 years of MobileFamilyTree. For their birthdays, both applications receive a huge update. MobileFamilyTree 7, of course, is a standalone application and is capable of everything that MacFamilyTree 7 is. One of the outstanding improvements is the incorporation of iCloud that enables you to sync your family trees on all iCloud-capable devices without any hassle, no configuration required. Also, MobileFamilyTree 7 now has an even more streamlined and modern interface, generates new reports and even sports FamilySearch integration. FamilySearch is the world’s biggest online genealogy database with about one billion entries. Without further charge! We are very proud of the next generation of mobile genealogy and are thrilled to be able to offer you even better ways to explore your family’s history.
With iOS 7, Apple presented a fully redesigned operating system where nothing had been left untouched. MobileFamilyTree 7.1 follows the same path and also comes with a fully redesigned look. We have taken this opportunity to make our app even more user-friendly, primarily by making it easier for you to access all important features and views. The main navigation and all views are in line with Apple's new design specifications, yet carry MobileFamilyTree's signature style. Moreover, MobileFamilyTree 7.1 offers many additional features, including AirPlay, Statistics Maps, the new Interactive Tree and a customizable file export feature via GEDCOM.
The brand new MobileFamilyTree 8 has been available since the spring of 2016. Take a look at all the great updates the new generation offers!
MobileFamilyTree 8 brought a revolution in digital genealogy. „CloudTree - Sync & Share“ offers synchronization across any number of devices - directly from within the app, at no additional cost, and in line with the highest data protection standards. A world first in genealogy.