Comparison of Mac Genealogy Software Features

Comparing features helps when you’re choosing a new genealogy application. Seeing which ones support the features essential to your genealogy workflow and practice is also helpful.

I just compiled a set of tables I hope you’ll find helpful in comparing features of Mac genealogy software. I published it on the Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 buyer’s guide page.

I was able to complete this much more quickly than the one for PC genealogy software feature comparison because I had already been maintaining similar tables. I updated the tables where appropriate and made the criteria match those for PC genealogy applications. This way you can compare features not only between Mac genealogy software, but also PC counterparts–it’s a sad tale across the board.

A Brief, Introductory Tour of iFamily for Leopard

If you’re interested or curious about what it’s like to use the Mac genealogy software iFamily for Leopard, you’ll like this video: A Brief Video Tour of the iFamily for Leopard Mac Genealogy Software. In it I demonstrate a few features of the interface and adding some people to the sample data that is included in the demo download.

How to Link Images to Multiple People in iFamily for Leopard

Sometimes it’s appropriate to have an image applied to more than one person in your family history database. iFamily for Leopard includes a simple, space-saving way to add an image to one person then link it to other people. This allows you to avoid having multiple copies of the image in the iFamilyData/Pictures folder on your Mac. The software will also list people who reference that photo.

In this video, Linking Images to Multiple People in Mac Genealogy Software iFamily for Leopard, I show you how I linked a four-generation photo to the my pictured siblings, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and me. You will find that after viewing this you will be able to do the same for your images.

Routine Photo Management Tasks in iFamily for Leopard

The context diagram in iFamily for Leopard can display a photo above each person. This is a great way to harness the face recognition part of your brain to make finding people quicker as well as add flavor. Storing photos of relatives in iFamily for Leopard is also a great way to organize them. You can even annotate them by using the transcribe feature as demonstrated in a previous screencast.

In this screencast I show you how to use iFamily for Leopard to:

  • crop photos
  • correct a discolored black and white photo
  • select which photo appears in the context diagram for a given person

Please open iFamily for Leopard, play this video, Routine Photo Management in Mac Genealogy Software iFamily for Leopard, and follow along. After doing so you will have the knowledge and experience to move beyond just having photos. You’ll be ready to improve the quality of your family photos.