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MacFamily Tree 5 (Mac CD)

by Synium
Mac OS X
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
Price: £19.99
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  • leverages Apple's Core Data technology for high speed database performance
  • new, user-centric GUI can be fully configured to meet your needs
  • stunning,
  • 3D Virtual Tree to display and browse the entire database
  • fully integrated handling of QuickTime media
  • WYSIWYG editing and output as with your favorite DTP tool!
  • much improved im- and export capabilities and Web publishing, including support for MobileMe
  • MacFamilyTree.com: dedicated Internet publishing service for all registered users
  • iPhone and iPod touch synchronization available (requires 'MobileFamilyTree')
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MacFamily Tree V6 (Mac) MacFamily Tree V6 (Mac) 4.1 out of 5 stars (12)
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 10.2 cm ; 18 g
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  • ASIN: B00115MH0Y
  • Release Date: 10 Jan. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 791 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

MacFamilyTree is our highly popular genealogy application, and sports a stunning, configurable user interface, animated charts, editable reports and powerful print and export options. Visualize migration of your ancestors over centuries and continents: built-in support for Google Earth to research geolocations is also part of our version 5.

Continuously Evolving Performance

The new 'Virtual Tree', a powerful 3D view to browse and visualize your entire database. Support for iPhone and iPod touch synchronization is also a first for Mac genealogy (requires companion application 'MobileFamilyTree', available separately).

Based on more than a decade of experience, MacFamilyTree 5 may well be the most advanced genealogy application for the Mac and thanks to GEDCOM ensures reliable exchange of genealogy information across OS boundaries. MacFamilyTree offers easy web page creation and is smoothly integrated into Apple's MobileMe and the exclusive MacFamilyTree.com Internet service.

MacFamilyTree 5 has been completely redesigned to leverage Apple's powerful programming and operating system technologies like Core Data and QuickTime for high performance and flexibility.

MacFamilyTree 5 is a Universal Binary application and is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard.


Customer Reviews

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mac Family Tree 5 9 Mar. 2009
Very easy to install and start up. Instant incorporation of a gedcom File from a PC version of a family tree. Not convinced of the value of the "virtual tree" function. Seems a bit of a gimmick. Ancestor chart is in the horizontal format. Personally I prefer a vertical presentation. Lines from parents to children are diagonal rather than vertical. Again as a personal preference I prefer traditional method.
Having voiced these minor personal criticisms the program is very good. Data is easy to enter and retrieve. Editing data is also easy. Good value for money and would satisfy most amateur family tree hunters.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best available 10 Nov. 2009
I bought Mac Family Tree 5 about 3 months ago and have been using it routinely to summarize my research. A massive benefit that I have experienced compared to other software is that this program makes data entry enjoyable, thanks to its polished appearance. There is a wide range of presentation tools, and some great unexpected ideas (virtual tree, linking with google earth) that sound like gimmicks at first, but have actually proved interesting and useful. For example, the virtual tree presents clearly where my research has gone off on tangents through brothers and sisters of the key players within my tree. The tech support are helpful in my experience. The software deals with media well and has all the usual useful sorting tools you would expect from a genealogy package. All in all, a first rate product that far, far exceeds anything else out there for the mac (don't consider Reunion over this!).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've Used 12 Sept. 2009
By Aremess TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I moved over to the Mac in Feb 2009 from the dreaded Windows based PC. On my computers until the Mac, I've used 5 or six different programs for keeping my family records up-to-date all of which seemed that they would be better than the last, but never so.

MacFamily Tree knocks the socks off all of them. Easy to use, intuitive, easy to create trees etc, well thought out and so easy to correct any mistakes you've made.

5 stars and recommend it to anyone - even first-timers
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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The best family history for mac's It's easy to get gadcoms down and sorts out your family decendents, it will work out who your ancesters are to you like which person is your greeat great grandparents are or 2nd 3rd cousins etc, even family from branch members of your family, but you have to put the details in first. A must have for any one doing their family history on an Apple Mac. One good thing is once you have bought on you need never get another as all upgrades are downloded free
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product 12 Oct. 2009
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Easy to use, fantastic navigation, great graphics - perfect for my mac!
After years of dull PC ancestry programmes that do the most basic of tasks i've finally found one that joins my mac in the 21st century.

Great buy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MacFamily Tree 5 - different but good! 31 July 2010
By tad2106
As a fairly new (6 mths) MAC user I was looking for something to replace my old PC Family Tree Maker on the MAC. MacFamily Tree 5 seemed to be the answer and indeed it seems to have everything I need. As with any new software it took a little bit of getting used to - I'm not one for reading online manuals so it was a case of click-and-see-what-this-does! All fairly self-explanatory although I ended up with extra partners at one point but then if you aren't going to read the instructions....LOL! The virtual tree seemed quite useful at first but as I added second wives and step children it all started to look a little confused - I may be missing something somewhere but I couldn't get it to keep each batch of children from each marriage separate. I like the source facility - seems to keep me very organised and the ability to upload the media files, photos, scans of census returns etc is great.

Anyway, still early days - I have elected not to import my GEDCOM files from Family Tree Maker as it was some time since I last looked at this and although I had hundreds of names on there I decided the best way to learn was to start from scratch with my husband's family.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Simple To Use 4 Dec. 2009
I bought this on a whim having recently been shown some photographs of my great grandfather. The box contains a CD ROM and a brief starter's guide. When you install the software you are then prompted to update to the latest version of the software from the manufacturer's (Synium) website. The program starts up quickly and gives you a menu bar on the left with many different tools. It is incredibly simple to start building the a tree - I just added my father as a start point. You then have options to add each person's parents/siblings/spouses/decendants.

I am astonished that a previous reviewer said it was too difficult to use - especially as they describe themselves as a 'mac user'. Anybody with even the most basic comprehension of Mac OS will have zero trouble using this software. The same reviewer complains about the inability to print trees - he/she is wrong. You can print trees - simply choose to view a descendant chart or ancestor chart or one of the other views - then choose the person whose heritage you want to see and print. Admittedly the views are quite basic but anyone who has tried to sketch out their family tree on paper will know that a comprehensive tree involving relatively distant relations doesn't lend itself to a two dimesional format particularly easily. If you want a fancy looking tree to put above the mantlepiece or in the dunny then this isn't the software for you. If you want to be able to make an easily accessible and comprehensive record of your genealogy on your mac then this does the job. You can also add photos, publish trees on CD or even the web and use the iPhone version - though I haven't tried any of this yet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars so much better and easier to
Could not use it. bought family Tree Maker for Mac v3, so much better and easier to use
Published 2 months ago by G A Potier
4.0 out of 5 stars It takes a little getting used to
I haven't used a family tree software for some time and this takes a little getting used to. I was able to import a previous "gedcom" file with no difficulties. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read.
Published 9 months ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good value
Just chose this (an older version) as it was very cheap compared to the current version. Works absolutely fine on MacBook Pro (Mavericks). Very happy with the purchase. Read more
Published 13 months ago by LeedsXray
5.0 out of 5 stars family history
It is a good program and easy to use and more important it links in with Ancestry on the net
Published 15 months ago by R. Wolley
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems the Business so far
Never tried sorting family tree before, so no benchmark, but this seems to do what i want. Would have liked a linked document archive though.
Published 17 months ago by Robert Skerritt
5.0 out of 5 stars MacFamily Tree 5 (Mac CD)
So far I am liking it, would have liked a link to do pages though, have lots of written material and photos re family and "notes" seem a bit messy, and can't seem to find... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Yvonne Brage-Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars My large family
I originally had an open source bit of software, but is was clunky
This although older was purchased and I was pleased it was a good buy

To explore your family and... Read more
Published 24 months ago by steveg
1.0 out of 5 stars system not right
didnt realise it only works on mac systems. it doesnt state on the detials.... Mac Product Only or Doesnt work on Windows. Read more
Published on 12 April 2013 by Michelle Mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Family tree
This was a birthday present for my husband, we already had another version of a family tree, but this is is much better, graphics are very pleasing, and easy to use.
Published on 29 Mar. 2013 by Sandra
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