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GEDitCOM II is a new genealogy application for MacOS X that sets the standard for Mac ease-of-use editing of genealogy files, for customization of the user experience, and for power features allowing the greatest access to your genealogical data. GEDitCOM II is a complete rewrite of the former GEDitCOM application.

GEDitCOM II is a rewritten version of GEDitCOM using Apple's Cocoa environment. It will greatly exceed user-interface features of GEDitCOM. It will retain the philosophy of GEDitCOM to be a customizable genealogy application for editing and viewing GEDCOM genealogy files. Users of GEDitCOM, should find more...

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Version 1.8:

This minor update is mainly to sign the code in the Apple-approved (and insisted) manner so Mountain Lion will not warn you the code is unsiged. Besides this fix, a few minor changes are:

  • New menu command to empty cache used for Place Advisor display.
  • Improved relationship calculations. The calculations are now symmetric between two individuals, and certain relations (that were not more...


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Rayj Member IconReview+45

The best by a long way.

When I started working on our family tree I tried most of the genealogy programs available for the Mac but it didn’t take a lot of thought to settle on GEDitCOM. I checked back on the others from time to time and never saw anything to make me change. When GEDitCOM II came out my comment on another review site was “the best just got a whole lot better”. Since then each revision has added a further swathe of improvements.

You can use it “out of the box” and it will do pretty much anything you want; you can tweak it a little using the inbuilt customization options or by fairly simple editing of the formats to suit your particular needs or your preferences about how it looks; or if you’re more adventurous you can make major changes. But underneath it all is a rock-solid base built on the Gedcom standard. Other programs use Gedcom but often adapt it in ways that hinder the transfer of information to other users: GEDitCOM even provides ways to correct these idiosyncracies.

The developer, John Nairn, is very responsive to requests for help or to suggestions for future changes. (Contrast the adverse comments about the developers of one of the other major programs who, according to one reviewer, had “even gone to the length of contacting me regarding negative feedback on third party sites and telling me that the program simply MUST work. It has to be me that is causing the problems.”)

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Version 1.6
Whiterock Member IconReview+54

This is the best gedcom editor I have seen. I have used it since its inception.

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Version 1.4
Citizenvern Member IconComment+14

Cool, uh... does it DO anything? You haven't described its function.

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Version 1.0b7

" a customizable genealogy application for editing and viewing GEDCOM genealogy files."

GEDCOM is a standard used to shared genealogy files digitally --- every genealogy program that I know of is capable of importing and exporting information in that format in order to **share** information in a way that does not require a specific OS or proprietary program.

GEDitCOM uses GEDCOM files as it's "native language". "Customizable" means you can change the way it looks, feels, and presents information.

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Version 1.6
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Downloads 4,464
Version Downloads 558
License Demo
Date 01 Oct 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $64.99
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