PAW2U
PAW2U
103.0

3.0

PAW2U

PAW2U

103.011 March 2014

Genealogy software (formerly PAWriter II).

PAW2U
Free
11 March 2014

3.0

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PAW2U

PAW2U

103.011 March 2014

Genealogy software (formerly PAWriter II).

Overview

PAW2U is the universal binary version of Personal Ancestry Writer II, aka PAWriter. It combines most of the features of the LDS Personal Ancestral File program (PAF) for the Mac, for which all development stopped a few years ago after release 2.3.1, with additional features that generate Web pages in HTML, word processing files in RTF for example, AppleWorks, and desktop publishing files in MML for FrameMaker. The generated report files include genealogical dictionaries, registers, ahnentafels and lineages-such as appear on this site-as well as some interesting text files and pedigree charts.

PAWriter also provides flexible selection of subsets of people in a file by "tagging" them (marking them as members of the subset) using a host of selection criteria. Selections include inclusion (+), exclusion (-) and intersection (*) of the set of people meeting the criteria with those already tagged.

Consider PAWriter to be a possible next step in the development of Mac PAF had its develpment not been discontinued after release 2.3.1, i.e., "what might have been." PAWriter is not meant to have the bells and whistles that are in the current crop of genealogical programs. The emphasis is on maintaining a genealogical database from which the user can write books and/or post Web pages about a family.

Importantly, the use of PAWriter differs from other programs in that each statement given in a person's vital statistics should be based on the evidence given or referenced in the notes for that person and/or for his or her relatives, and should represent the researcher's best current conclusions as to the true facts. For this purpose, the notes should contain all of the evidence, substantiation, documentation, background information, clarification, interpretation and/or other relevant commentary. It is in these notes that source citations are referenced through footnotes inserted at the appropriate points in the notes' text, as is normally done in books. (The footnotes will be included at the end of the printed notes in the generated reports.)

What's new in PAW2U

Version 103.0:
  • Two errors were corrected (i.e., using the tab key in the main window when no people were tagged, and not updating the tagged people count when exchanging cached people)

Requirements for PAW2U

  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later

10 Reviews

Rate this app:

08 February 2009

Most helpful

It is good to find a free geneology program. I do see some shortcomings, though. It does not provide for entry of same-sex partners in families, requiring partners to be a man and a woman. In this day and age, it would be more useful to allow different mixes in partners. It was also impossible to cancel entry of a partner, from what I could see. The user interface seems very OS-9, and the default color for the background is horrible. Fortunately, you can change it.
Like (4)
Version 84
26 April 2012
I HAVE A MAC AND WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A PAF FILE BUT IT DOESN'T WORK SO I DOWNLOADED PAW2U THINKING IT WILL HELP BUT WHEN I TRIED TO OPEN THE PAF FILE I RECEIVED IN MY EMAIL IT SAYS THAT THE GEDCOM FILE IS NOT RECOGNISABLE....WHAT HAVE I DONE WRONG PLS?
Like
Version 100
1 answer(s)
Hurtig
30 April 2012
A PAF file is a data file, not a GEDCOM file. PAWriter only imports GEDCOM files. You need to find a way to run PAF and generate a GEDCOM file from it using the ANSEL character set. Then you can import that GEDCOM into PAWriter.
Like
01 July 2011
It's a great app in function the only problem I have, as a designer, is its so darn ugly.
Like (2)
Version 99
7 answer(s)
Hurtig
01 July 2011
Form follows function. And a KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) GUI is appropriate for a free app that the author wrote for himself and then decided to share with anyone who might find it useful. No corporation here, just the little old author.
Like (6)
Monkeyjunkey
27 August 2011
Maybe you two should get in touch? I love good GUIs but very often programers don't see the need or don't have the skill or time to also cover the GUI side of things...
Like (1)
Hurtig
27 August 2011
It would help if the reviewers on this subject would be specific about where the GUI is ugly. Thanks.
Like
Chas-m
06 July 2012
Mr. Metcalfe: It's not actually ugly per se, just kind of grey. I'm sure you've looked at the other major genealogy programs so you can compare yours and theirs, and as you say you're just one guy. While getting (perhaps a volunteer?) GUI designer might help streamline things and gussy it up, what not enough people take the time to say is "thank you for making a free genealogical program available to those who would fine it useful, and thanks for your efforts to update and support it." We kind of take that for granted sometimes. :)
Like (1)
Hurtig
06 July 2012
Thanks for the kind words, Charles M. As to the greyness, note that the background color for the PAWriter windows can be chosen in Preferences. I like a gold color for my use. Also bear in mind that this is a hobby for me, and a part-time one at that. Most of my time is devoted to genealogical research and other pursuits of interest to me. But thanks again for your comments.
Like (1)
Monkeyjunkey
10 August 2013
Howard, maybe your software would be a good candidate to be put under an OpenSource License? Do that and put the code on GitHub and everybody would benefit. Then other developers could actually contribute to your work and send improvements. Did you ever consider that?
Like (1)
Hurtig
10 August 2013
RE Monkeyjunkey entry dated10 Aig 2013: Please note that I developed PAWriter for my own use and then decided to share it with anyone who might find it useful. It is not a full-time occupation for me. Also note that PAWriter has no restrictions on its use, and I have no objection to anyone who wished to duplicate the functionality of PAWriter for general usage. Just give me a little credit in such a new program and I'm happy. I don't wish to continue expanding PAWriter, and welcome anyone else who does, from scratch. Just use its functionality in a new programs and have fun. I simply don't have the time nor effort to support someone else's efforts in that direction. So please have fun pursuing such an effort, open source or not. I just won't be available except for occasional questions. Sorry. By the way, PAWriter is written in what used to be called REALbasic, the REALstudio, and now Xojo.
Like
07 January 2011
Like
Version 96
26 March 2010
I agree with other comments on this page. PAW2U is an incredible program for genealogy and it is free. I use it actually to understand the relationship in my wife's family were families and kids are numerous. As they all have those long tahitian names, it is great that the software always asks me to check the spelling. I could even establish the relationship correctly when descent or pedigree are confusing because men and women in Tahiti have often more than one partner in their lives. There is also a lot of child adoption. I tried other programs on the Mac before and I agree that this one is the easiest to use and the best also for its perfect respect of GEDCOM files, so you can exchange and compare your research with others over the internet and even on different platforms. Thanks to the developer for this great piece of software ! I also love the retro style of the interface it's so simple and well made !
Like (1)
Version 92
06 November 2009
This sounds great. I'll try it.
Like
Version 88
01 May 2009
This program is designed with the Christian faiths in mind. The references to baptism for instance is nor relevant to many religions and I wish could be removed. How about making some of these fields user selectable? Maybe I want to include Bar Mitzvah date instead of baptism date?
Like (2)
Version 85
1 answer(s)
Bdfu
29 April 2011
Baptism dates is not meant to be secular. If you've spent any time researching genealogy you'd find that baptismal records are the best and sometimes only way to verify findings.
Like
11 February 2009
MacWorld posted a four-mice review of PAWriter in July 2007 at http://www.macworld.com/article/57840/2007/05/paw69.html
Like (1)
Version 84
09 February 2009
Any genealogist who ever used PAF knows it is an efficient way to save and document your genealogy research. PAWriter II continues the tradition. It may look a little old school, but the familiar layout is very easy to navigate and moving around your family tree is very straight forward. PAWriter has added some impressive tools to the old Mac version of PAF and for me PAWriter was a godsend and an inspiration to continue documenting my research. PAWriter II 84 is an example of how good the author is at keeping the program functional and stable. If you need more features then you can always export a GEDCOM file for use in another program, but for me PAWriter II does it all.
Like (1)
Version 84
08 February 2009
It is good to find a free geneology program. I do see some shortcomings, though. It does not provide for entry of same-sex partners in families, requiring partners to be a man and a woman. In this day and age, it would be more useful to allow different mixes in partners. It was also impossible to cancel entry of a partner, from what I could see. The user interface seems very OS-9, and the default color for the background is horrible. Fortunately, you can change it.
Like (4)
Version 84
3 answer(s)
Big-Mac-XXL
20 September 2010
Why would same-sex partnerships need a genealogy program? Obviously they cannot procreate and therefore they are a dead end of evolution. Most countries that allow these kinds of partnerships don't allow adoption. The purpose of a genealogy program is to show the different generations of a traditional family over long periods of time with marriage, children, births and deaths.
Like
Version 95
Joeshmoe200us
17 May 2011
In response to Big-Mac-XXL. It may be important for some people to show the family relationship, not just pure genetic genealogy. Also, there are states where these couples adopt and in the future that is most likely going to open up and become a more frequent thing.
Like
Emet1
24 April 2012
Big-Mac-XXL-Female couples have children and male couples use surrogates. Genealogy programs also help us track genetic disorders and health problems. Keeping track of extended and blended families makes our trees richer and documents history.
Like (1)
01 February 2009
I am very impressed with this application. Having tried a number of genealogy applications this was the only freeware one that imported properly from a GEDCOM file (one that several non-free applications could not cope with). Highly recommended.
Like (2)
Version 83
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10 Reviews

Rate this app:

08 February 2009

Most helpful

It is good to find a free geneology program. I do see some shortcomings, though. It does not provide for entry of same-sex partners in families, requiring partners to be a man and a woman. In this day and age, it would be more useful to allow different mixes in partners. It was also impossible to cancel entry of a partner, from what I could see. The user interface seems very OS-9, and the default color for the background is horrible. Fortunately, you can change it.
Like (4)
Version 84
26 April 2012
I HAVE A MAC AND WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A PAF FILE BUT IT DOESN'T WORK SO I DOWNLOADED PAW2U THINKING IT WILL HELP BUT WHEN I TRIED TO OPEN THE PAF FILE I RECEIVED IN MY EMAIL IT SAYS THAT THE GEDCOM FILE IS NOT RECOGNISABLE....WHAT HAVE I DONE WRONG PLS?
Like
Version 100
1 answer(s)
Hurtig
30 April 2012
A PAF file is a data file, not a GEDCOM file. PAWriter only imports GEDCOM files. You need to find a way to run PAF and generate a GEDCOM file from it using the ANSEL character set. Then you can import that GEDCOM into PAWriter.
Like
01 July 2011
It's a great app in function the only problem I have, as a designer, is its so darn ugly.
Like (2)
Version 99
7 answer(s)
Hurtig
01 July 2011
Form follows function. And a KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) GUI is appropriate for a free app that the author wrote for himself and then decided to share with anyone who might find it useful. No corporation here, just the little old author.
Like (6)
Monkeyjunkey
27 August 2011
Maybe you two should get in touch? I love good GUIs but very often programers don't see the need or don't have the skill or time to also cover the GUI side of things...
Like (1)
Hurtig
27 August 2011
It would help if the reviewers on this subject would be specific about where the GUI is ugly. Thanks.
Like
Chas-m
06 July 2012
Mr. Metcalfe: It's not actually ugly per se, just kind of grey. I'm sure you've looked at the other major genealogy programs so you can compare yours and theirs, and as you say you're just one guy. While getting (perhaps a volunteer?) GUI designer might help streamline things and gussy it up, what not enough people take the time to say is "thank you for making a free genealogical program available to those who would fine it useful, and thanks for your efforts to update and support it." We kind of take that for granted sometimes. :)
Like (1)
Hurtig
06 July 2012
Thanks for the kind words, Charles M. As to the greyness, note that the background color for the PAWriter windows can be chosen in Preferences. I like a gold color for my use. Also bear in mind that this is a hobby for me, and a part-time one at that. Most of my time is devoted to genealogical research and other pursuits of interest to me. But thanks again for your comments.
Like (1)
Monkeyjunkey
10 August 2013
Howard, maybe your software would be a good candidate to be put under an OpenSource License? Do that and put the code on GitHub and everybody would benefit. Then other developers could actually contribute to your work and send improvements. Did you ever consider that?
Like (1)
Hurtig
10 August 2013
RE Monkeyjunkey entry dated10 Aig 2013: Please note that I developed PAWriter for my own use and then decided to share it with anyone who might find it useful. It is not a full-time occupation for me. Also note that PAWriter has no restrictions on its use, and I have no objection to anyone who wished to duplicate the functionality of PAWriter for general usage. Just give me a little credit in such a new program and I'm happy. I don't wish to continue expanding PAWriter, and welcome anyone else who does, from scratch. Just use its functionality in a new programs and have fun. I simply don't have the time nor effort to support someone else's efforts in that direction. So please have fun pursuing such an effort, open source or not. I just won't be available except for occasional questions. Sorry. By the way, PAWriter is written in what used to be called REALbasic, the REALstudio, and now Xojo.
Like
07 January 2011
Like
Version 96
26 March 2010
I agree with other comments on this page. PAW2U is an incredible program for genealogy and it is free. I use it actually to understand the relationship in my wife's family were families and kids are numerous. As they all have those long tahitian names, it is great that the software always asks me to check the spelling. I could even establish the relationship correctly when descent or pedigree are confusing because men and women in Tahiti have often more than one partner in their lives. There is also a lot of child adoption. I tried other programs on the Mac before and I agree that this one is the easiest to use and the best also for its perfect respect of GEDCOM files, so you can exchange and compare your research with others over the internet and even on different platforms. Thanks to the developer for this great piece of software ! I also love the retro style of the interface it's so simple and well made !
Like (1)
Version 92
06 November 2009
This sounds great. I'll try it.
Like
Version 88
01 May 2009
This program is designed with the Christian faiths in mind. The references to baptism for instance is nor relevant to many religions and I wish could be removed. How about making some of these fields user selectable? Maybe I want to include Bar Mitzvah date instead of baptism date?
Like (2)
Version 85
1 answer(s)
Bdfu
29 April 2011
Baptism dates is not meant to be secular. If you've spent any time researching genealogy you'd find that baptismal records are the best and sometimes only way to verify findings.
Like
11 February 2009
MacWorld posted a four-mice review of PAWriter in July 2007 at http://www.macworld.com/article/57840/2007/05/paw69.html
Like (1)
Version 84
09 February 2009
Any genealogist who ever used PAF knows it is an efficient way to save and document your genealogy research. PAWriter II continues the tradition. It may look a little old school, but the familiar layout is very easy to navigate and moving around your family tree is very straight forward. PAWriter has added some impressive tools to the old Mac version of PAF and for me PAWriter was a godsend and an inspiration to continue documenting my research. PAWriter II 84 is an example of how good the author is at keeping the program functional and stable. If you need more features then you can always export a GEDCOM file for use in another program, but for me PAWriter II does it all.
Like (1)
Version 84
08 February 2009
It is good to find a free geneology program. I do see some shortcomings, though. It does not provide for entry of same-sex partners in families, requiring partners to be a man and a woman. In this day and age, it would be more useful to allow different mixes in partners. It was also impossible to cancel entry of a partner, from what I could see. The user interface seems very OS-9, and the default color for the background is horrible. Fortunately, you can change it.
Like (4)
Version 84
3 answer(s)
Big-Mac-XXL
20 September 2010
Why would same-sex partnerships need a genealogy program? Obviously they cannot procreate and therefore they are a dead end of evolution. Most countries that allow these kinds of partnerships don't allow adoption. The purpose of a genealogy program is to show the different generations of a traditional family over long periods of time with marriage, children, births and deaths.
Like
Version 95
Joeshmoe200us
17 May 2011
In response to Big-Mac-XXL. It may be important for some people to show the family relationship, not just pure genetic genealogy. Also, there are states where these couples adopt and in the future that is most likely going to open up and become a more frequent thing.
Like
Emet1
24 April 2012
Big-Mac-XXL-Female couples have children and male couples use surrogates. Genealogy programs also help us track genetic disorders and health problems. Keeping track of extended and blended families makes our trees richer and documents history.
Like (1)
01 February 2009
I am very impressed with this application. Having tried a number of genealogy applications this was the only freeware one that imported properly from a GEDCOM file (one that several non-free applications could not cope with). Highly recommended.
Like (2)
Version 83