MacFamilyTree
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MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: it's modern, interactive, incredibly fast, and easy to use. We're convinced that generations of chroniclers would have loved to trade in their genealogy tools for MacFamilyTree. It helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts.

MacFamilyTree comes with countless features to record and visualize your family history - use them to create reports, charts, or nifty 3D views within our Virtual Tree feature. It offers the right solution for all your genealogy
What's New
Version 7.1.6:
  • Several fixes and improvements handling databases.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7.5 or later





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MacFamilyTree User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 7.x:
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W_g reviewed on 19 Nov 2013
this application is really becoming a pain. Everything has to be update via the App Store. Give me a break. Wish I had never bought it. Works well who needs this?
[Version 7.1.2]

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Synium replied on 11 Jan 2014
Sorry to hear that.

Isn't updating through the App Store easier than custom auto updater? In Mavericks, updates are automatically downloaded without any action required.

We're updating MacFamilyTree regularly to fix issues as quickly as possible.
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Josh C. replied on 11 Jan 2014
If your not having any problems with your current copy and no new features where added in this update, why update, why complain, why not just make this a comment instead.?
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W_g replied on 12 Jan 2014
The problem is that if you have more than one Apple account, you are constantly switching between stores. The complaint is that these guys use the App Store so I have to go there to update and I have to go the same store from which I purchased it. That is a pain. It was much simpler when updates were done within the application. You see MacUpdate can't update the software. It is a real fiddle so I try not to buy from the app store. If you look at other developers who use both the App Store and updates within their application, you will find notes to the fact that App Store apps are usually behind with bug fixes etc. So getting back to my review, this software is very low in my opinion because of updates. You have taken this as a complaint. I am just pointing out a fact of life.
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Monkeyjunkey replied on 12 Jan 2014
Synium: also you might be interested to know that some users do not want to use the AppStore. Neither do they want Apple to have a 30% cut from each of their purchases, but rather see the devs of the software receive the full amount. Nor are they happy about the MAS restrictions and the curated style of the MAS.
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Synium replied on 12 Jan 2014
@Monkeyjunkey
We're well aware of this and it has been a long debate internally at synium. But we could not have used iCloud or the new Maps in a non-MAS version and it could have let to much user confusion when we offered two version, one that is stripped down and one full version for the MAS.

Additionally, at the end of the lifecylcle of version 6, very very few customers opted to purchase the non-MAS version.
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Feh.-App-Store replied on 08 Mar 2014
@Synium
Also (like myself), I'm sure at the start of the 7 MAS-only lifecycle, many users opted to not upgrade and look for alternatives. One of the main decisions contributing to buying the 6 version was it was non-MAS. =/
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Dana Sutton commented on 19 Nov 2013
I have a question about the possible use of this software for a very special purpose, but when I visit the developer's website I can't find any "contact the developer" option. I really hate it when such a website lacks that option -- developers can NEVER anticipate all the questions that may arise, and just fobbing users of with a set of FAQ's is a terrible substitute.
[Version 7.1.2]

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Synium replied on 11 Jan 2014
Hi! Here is the contact page: http://www.syniumsoftware.com/support/contact.html

You can send a mail or ask us on twitter if you like.
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Imarc845 commented on 29 Sep 2013
I have a question for Synium Software. Immediately after I post this comment, I will submit the same message through their web-based "Contact Us" form on their website. We shall see which gets answered and if the replies are similar.
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I understand that Synium is ONLY distributing MacFamilyTree (MFT) through the Mac App Store (MAS) from now on. The MAS provides free updates for all software purchased there. Does this mean that ALL updates to MFT will be at no further cost? Synium states that updates such as 7.1, 7.2, etc will be at no charge. But what about version 8.0? Will that be introduced on the MAS as a whole new application such as "MFT Pro" and require a whole new purchase AGAIN?? And what about version 9.0? Will that be called something like "MFT Platinum" and require yet another full purchase?

Apparently, there was a period during which MFT 7 was offered at a discount. It is not Synium's fault I missed that window. I am willing to re-purchase MFT at full price IF I will not need to purchase it again and again to obtain the inevitable version updates. I would appreciate a prompt reply.

For your information: I am posting this same message to Macupdate.com. Please note that your reply to this question will be posted to Macupdate.com, as will any lack of a reply within a reasonable timeframe.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
[Version 7.0.12]

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Imarc845 replied on 29 Sep 2013
I have received a reply email from Synium. It says:
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Hi Marc,

we will offer a new, paid version roughly every three years. This means that you will get approx. three years of free updates (these are not only some bugfix releases, major new features will be added) like Version 7.1 (dues this fall) and 7.2 and so on.

Please compare our track record for free updates with other genealogy software vendors, I think we’re doing quite well on this topic :-) Just check what new features have been added to Version 5 or Version 6 for free for all users.

Hope this helps you!

Best,
Mendel
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Dgeo replied on 12 Oct 2013
@Mendel @Synium

So, does this mean that if I buy MacFamilyTree (let's say) 7.4 in 2016 for $49.99 I will have to pay $49.99 again a few months later when 8.0 is introduced?
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Imarc845 replied on 12 Oct 2013
@Dgeo: Yes, that does appear to be the case. Though they MIGHT provide people who RECENTLY purchased the application a short while before a free upgrade. But it would be up to them how they define "recently".
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Mac Os X 4ever replied on 02 Nov 2013
With all of the problems we have been having with MAS, you may want to look at Reunion and others before making that leap.
A lot of MFT customers got screwed over when they went MAS only and are upset. Read all of the comments and replies here.
If MAS has a problem, ALL of your purchased software has problems.
Most reputable companies are offering their software through MAS and optionally, directly on their websites.
Mane customers who buy the MAS version change to the companies direct version afterwards.
Other companies are aware of the problems and dissatisfaction, and they help their customers get off of MAS and directly with them, like 1Password for example, but MFT has the attitude of "buy through MAS or go away,we don't want anything to do with you!". They have lost quite a few loyal life-long customers because of this, but they don't care because they have picked up new ones through MAS.
Just look at everything before you make your decision, and good luck. I hope it works out for you.
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Alexf commented on 07 Aug 2013
Love the app, hate the compromises it had to make to get on the App Store. Number one problem is this iCloud nonsense -- MFT used to have a wonderful, flawless local sync option so you could maintain two computers in sync at home. Your data never left the house. Now we have to sync it to iCloud and trust Apple with our personal info? I guess you can use Dropbox, but same problem.

Now that we know the government has access to all these cloud services, I don't know if I want to put anything up there. Please bring back local sync!
[Version 7.0.7]


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Mareva reviewed on 30 Jul 2013
MFT not good, you must buy the upgrade only on store & only if u're on OS10.7. i'm on 1068 & don't want change for the moment. Very unpleasant, always "you have to, you have to"
So i can't benefit from this upgrade BAD
Reunion is not so boring
[Version 7.0.6]


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Energizer reviewed on 15 Jul 2013
As a long time MFT user I moved to version 7 as I have always enjoyed MFT and appreciated the Synium support when running into trouble. To me this is one of the best pieces of software around.

I also bought Heredis, partly because of how duplicates are handled MFT 7: in V6 and didn't see the all info I needed to decide if a duplicate was there or not but learned to live and deal with it. In V7 this has become even more complicated: context of potential duplicates is limited and cannot be viewed in comparison. This kills my way of working on data.

That's where Heredis kicks in. Of course now I have to deal with the typical Gedcom troubles because MFT exports to Gedcom 5.5.1 and Heredis to Gedcom 5.5.

Still a 5 star app but no longer my one-in-all tool for my genealogy research.
[Version 7.0.5]


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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 13 Jul 2013
I was a long time MFT user, and I spent a lot of time finding a replacement since MFT is pretty much completely dead for non-Mac App Store users. They will not sell or upgrade MFT anymore. You can only get it from Mac App Store, which after multiple bad experiences, I avoid at all cost. I will only purchase apps that I can buy without MAS or from the developer directly.
With all of that said, I just purchased a CD of Reunion 10. I had used an older version before MFT, and after a lot of testing I am very pleased to be back on Reunion.
Also, if you are interested in a free app that is not as pretty or polished, but seems to support most of the features and data, there's Gramps.
I hope that helps, but MFT was very bad to force all of their customers into a platform that they may not want, just to support icloud, which is not critical or even all that useful for this type of application.
Mac App Store has a lot of problems and a lot of people upset. It's beyond growing pains and leaning towards assimilation with terrible customer service and multiple issues that Apple will never get fixed. Also, you then have MFT unable to support their customers because Apple is the delivery system, and Apple took many months and never was able to fix simple issues that had my account locked out and my whole computer unable to update or access previous purchases.
This makes it so that even if you legally own something, like MFT, or any other App, if the MAS is not working, you can't get any support or access anything you have purchased, including no way to install updates. There are too many hands in the pot and neither can really do anything about the other.
You end up powerless and locked out.
It's sad because MFT was a very nice application, but they made a really bad business decision and are totally unwilling to listen to customers. They are NOT flexible in any way.
Some companies actually sell on MAS, and still direct.
This is the first one that I have seen that simply cuts everyone off and says there is no other possible way to purchase their product.
[Version 7.0.4]

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Zx81 replied on 13 Jul 2013
Just discovered the MFT move to MAS only. I will stick to MFT 6 and look for a non-MAS replacement. Bye.
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Billybob152 replied on 13 Jul 2013
Try iFamily for Leopard (which works just fine in OS X 10.8.4). Good app and reliable.
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spinaltap replied on 14 Jul 2013
MacFamilyTree has just been upgraded to version 7 - and is on sale for $29.99 until the end of July. The iOS version has also been upgraded, and it too is on sale until the end of the month.

I had previously used Reunion, but now much prefer MacFamilyTree - especially with its interaction with Ancestry.com.
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 06 Jul 2013
Gramps is looking pretty good so far as a possible replacement.
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/36576/gramps

Since MFT is dead, I have been trying others, and Gramps is not nearly as pretty, but seems to have most of the functionality.
It also imported the data fine.
I am still just getting started with it for a replacement, but others may want to try it too and see if it works ok for them.
[Version 7.0.4]

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Synium Software GmbH (developer) replied on 08 Jul 2013
Why are you posting two ratings for the same product?

And why are you writing MacFamilyTree is dead? Only because you do not wish to purchase at the Mac App Store?

MacFamilyTree currently ranks in the Top 10 and Top 20 of all Mac Apps in all major countries. Not bad for a "dead" app, right?
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Mac Os X 4ever replied on 13 Jul 2013
It's sad when the actual software company doesn't even know the difference between a rating and a comment.
I was very careful to comment and not double-rate. Look above your comment, there are not stars.
I am about to place another comment because I finally made a decision and purchased Reunion.
There are so many comments here on others having this problem, maybe it can help them to make a decision too.
They are welcome to read and make their own decision.
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Mac Os X 4ever reviewed on 29 Jun 2013
Going to try PAW2U and maybe others for a replacement now that Mac Family Tree is dead.
RIP. Was a long time user. It will be missed.

The stupid decision to go Mac App Store only is insane.
I wonder if Steve was alive if he would keep this Microsoft Take Everything Over mentality?
I hate the MAS for anything other than free apps, and I will NEVER purchase from it again after several bad experiences.
I will only support companies that sell direct.
The sandboxing and other policies are insane.
Updates rarely work correctly, and developers have to constantly amputate features to get on MAS in the first place.
Then the excuse is used that they want iCloud sync, but we don't!
I won't pay for data storage on iCloud, and I want local sync.
Sync is critical for contacts and the calendar, but is it really a life or death critical feature for this trype of app? Sure it would be nice, but critical and all costs?
A few other companies have 2 software versions. A MAS one with iCloud sync, and a regular one without.
[Version 7.0.3]

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Brookhaven replied on 30 Jun 2013
Yup, like you I shan't be upgrading either. I don't use iCloud in any case, but being forced to use Appstore like this is as you say insane.
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Gregm replied on 06 Jul 2013
Nice anti-appstore rant.

Would it be possible for to you check it out in the demo mode and then tell us about the program (along with any perceived App Store cripplings/ limitations) ?
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Synium Software GmbH (developer) replied on 06 Jul 2013
In the long run, nearly all companies will distribute software only through the Mac App Store (personal prediction!). I don't know if this will happen in the next 2 years or 5 years, but 95% of our customers opted to purchase Version 6 through the Mac App Store (roughly in the first half year 2013).

It would be better if you can rate our App and not the distribution channel. I am sorry you had a bad experience with the Mac App Store, but this has little to do with MacFamilyTree.

If you like, you can contact us using the support form at www.syniumsoftware.com. We can try to have a look at the Mac App Store problems you've had in the past.
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IanBlackbird3821 reviewed on 12 Jun 2013
I just love the new Mapping and iCloud Features!
Synium did a great Job redefining genealogy on the Mac.
[Version 7.0.1]

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Synium Software GmbH (developer) replied on 20 Jun 2013
Thanks! :)
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kog had trouble on 09 Jan 2009
Is version 5 of MacFamilyTree translated into the same languages as version 4?
[Version 5.3.7]


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Komlor had trouble on 13 Oct 2006
How do you find latitude and Longitude for your cities. Do i have to do a Web search
[Version 4.3.2]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 13 Oct 2006
I use this website when I need to find lat/lon... there are others, you can use Google to find them.
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James Nestingen had trouble on 08 May 2006
Have used MFT for about a year. Love it.
But installed 4.2.11 and can no longer open my family tree.
[Version 4.2.11]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 08 May 2006
Have you tried to contact the developer?
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3d6104 had trouble on 24 Sep 2005
Sorry I forgot to mention, that I would also like it to tie into iCal so I could be warned of upcoming family events.

Also How do you handle step relationships to the rest of the family? i.e. Step parents, children, brothers and sisters.
[Version 4.2b2]


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3d6104 had trouble on 24 Sep 2005
No family listings show on my World Map and for some reason always starts me on a close up of Alaska. I think it would be better if it started on my home and then I can zoom in and out to other families home location.

My Family card looks nothing like the one shown as a screen shot. Am I not clicking something correctly?

I would love if this would sync or tie into my Apple address book. This would save having to do double entry work.

I used Reunion 8 for a long time and I am finding that I am liking MFT more and more. But please look at Reunion to see what features you might be able to incorporate.
[Version 4.2b2]



Léonux rated on 13 Feb 2014

[Version 7.1.3]



angelolura rated on 06 Feb 2014

[Version 7.1.3]



rudirudisk6282 rated on 18 Nov 2013

[Version 7.1.1]



Shadow-Runner rated on 08 Nov 2013

[Version 7.1.1]



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dsimer rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 7.0.9]



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Badgerone rated on 04 Sep 2013

[Version 7.0.9]



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Monkeyjunkey rated on 10 Aug 2013

[Version 7.0.7]



micassaf1er rated on 08 Aug 2013

[Version 7.0.7]



Jockenorman rated on 08 Aug 2013

[Version 7.0.7]



Redrumer rated on 05 Aug 2013

[Version 7.0.6]


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MacFamilyTree comes with countless features to record and visualize your family history - use them to create reports, charts, or nifty 3D views within our Virtual Tree feature. It offers the right solution for all your genealogy needs.

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