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.

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.

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.

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.

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.

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.

Determining the Day of the Week for Events in iFamily for Leopard

Knowing what day of the week an event occurred on can be informative and fun. iFamily for Leopard includes a feature which makes this information quick and easy to obtain. Take a look at this video, Determining the Day of the Week for Events in Mac Genealogy Software iFamily for Leopard. In it I show you how to view event date information.

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.

Walkthrough: iFamily for Leopard V2.463 Update

The version of iFamily for Leopard released yesterday contained some very nice changes; some of them addressing issues I raised in the recent review of the Mac genealogy software. I recorded this video screencast in the (now in the MacGenealogist Archives), What’s New in Mac Genealogy Software iFamily for Leopard V2.463, wherein I walk through the changes in this release.

I think it will be more informative and fun to see the changes rather than just reading about them. Let me know what you think in a comment. Should I continue to make these update walk through videos?

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.

How to Transcribe Scanned Images in iFamily for Leopard

Would you like to be able to quickly locate interesting text within your scanned genealogy document images? I often find myself searching a scanned newspaper page image for text that I had previously thought interesting. iFamily for Leopard speeds up this process by allowing one to annotate a scanned image with a rectangular box. Further, it enables one to type in a transcription of the text. That text can then be linked to the box, making returning to it later, very quick.

In this video from the MacGenealogist Archives I walk you through adding an image to a person, transcribing a section of the image, and locating the transcribed section. There is a bonus tip contained in this screencast as well. Please play the video and follow along in your iFamily for Leopard database.

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.

Context Diagram

The context diagram is a graphical depiction of some or all of the people in an iFamily for Leopard database. Each person is represented by a rectangle that contains information about them. The relationships between individuals is shown by lines and the nature of the relationship (e.g. natural, step, adopted, and foster) by a symbol on the line.

The number of displayed generations is variable and an increment of a time scale is shown at the top, above each generation.

How To Merge Data from One iFamily for Leopard Database to Another

iFamily for Leopard does a nice job of merging genealogy data from one database into another, but there are many steps and some pitfalls to avoid. This video walks you through the individual steps of the three stages:

  1. prep
  2. merging
  3. clean up

There are potential gotchas if the prep and clean up are skipped as well as one other thing I didn’t go into in the video.
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Ghost Box

A ghost box is an area of the context diagram in iFamily for Leopard. They are depicted by dotted grey lines as shown in the image to the right. They represent missing and additional parents, spouses, and children. They are one means by which content can be added to the database.
Clicking on a ghost box enables one to enter the name of the individual followed by a dialog box into which details can be added. Control-clicking a ghost box is a short-cut for attaching a person already already in the database and for copying a person from another, open database.