MacFamilyTree 8

By Synium Software GmbH

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MacFamilyTree 8 gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved to do. MacFamilyTree helps you capture your family history and turns data and facts into conclusive reports and visually impressive charts. No matter how you want to illustrate your family relationships – MacFamilyTree 8 has the right solution for you, offering different types of reports, charts or the innovative Virtual Tree 3D view.

Brand-new and unique: CloudTree Sync&Share (macOS Sierra required)

MacFamilyTree 8.1 comes with the brand new CloudTree feature - it is now possible for the first time to work on the same family tree with any number of users and in real time. All changes to your tree will be transferred and available to all other users invited by you within a few seconds. CloudTree operates in compliance with the highest data protection standards.

Your possibilities are nearly endless – optionally synchronize your data via iCloud or CloudTree, access a huge genealogical online archive to assist your research, create websites and family books or do your research on the go with MobileFamilyTree 8, available separately for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

MacFamilyTree 8 Overview:

- well-structured, fast and easy-to-use user interface

- the new Interactive Family Tree: Lets you navigate your entire family tree, view all persons and families, and add persons directly

- CloudTree Sync&Share: Sync your tree with your own devices or share and collaborate with other users

- FamilySearch: Doing extensive research has never been more convenient - access the world's biggest genealogical archive with several billions of person and family records from the comfort your home.

- Genealogical research developed specifically for macOS in order to harness cutting-edge Apple technologies for optimized application performance

Display your family tree: Charts, reports, views, and lists

- Numerous chart and view options, such as the Hourglass Chart, Ancestor Chart, Timeline, Double Ancestor Chart, Statistics, Name Distribution (by first and last names), Statics Maps (based on Apple Maps), Fan Chart, Kinship Chart, Genogram or Globe

- Numerous report options, such as Person Report, Family Report, Kinship Report, Narrative Report, Places List, Events List, Special Features Report, Person Analysis, Anniversaries, Person Lists, Marriage Lists, Plausibility Report, Source List, Task List, Map Report, Descendant Report, and more.

- Use the Virtual Globe feature to see how your family has spread across the globe in the course of time

- The MacFamilyTree 8 Virtual Tree shows your family history from an entirely new perspective - a 3D perspective!

- Full retina support. The user interface and all charts and views support high-resolution screens for optimized display quality

Research and publish

- Use FamilySearch to collaborate with your relatives or millions of other users or browse billions of person entries, which you can download directly into your family tree.

- Publish your family tree free of charge at – optional password protection available.

- Interview contemporary witnesses and save your videos or audio footage along with your notes

- All charts and reports may be shared directly from within MacFamilyTree via Mail, Messages, Twitter or Facebook.

- The Family Quiz: Find out just how well you know your family tree

.... and so much more!


What's new in Version 8.2.8

Smaller bug fixes



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Customer Reviews

Best Mac Genealogy App Around...

I rarely write reviews for apps but just wanted to express my support for Synium and MacFamilyTree. I love it. Is it perfect? No, nothing is. However, this is - hands down - the most Mac-like genealogy software I have used. The design of the UI and the workflow that comes out of that are absolutely in line with what you’d expect from a piece of Mac software. So many of the other genealogy programs available were clearly designed for Windows first and the MacOS version seems little more than afterthought to capitalize on Apple’s expanding popularity. I am all about developers who design and code for the Mac FIRST.

- Beautiful, intuitive UI; graphics are aesthetically pleasing and smooth
- Stable and reliable, hasn’t crashed on me yet (believe it or not, this does still matter in 2018)
- MacOS to iOS sync and connectivity is awesome and based on iCloud/CloudKit. Devs - PLEASE keep it that way.
- The companion iOS app seems to have almost complete feature-parity with the desktop app - which is AMAZING. I don’t need to be tethered to my desk to work on my database. Granted, the mechanics are a little different on a touchscreen device but the UI and the functionality is all similar and familiar after using the desktop app.
- FamilySearch integration is pretty cool and well-done compared to what I’ve seen elsewhere. Not a big draw for me but still awesome.
- Wonderful reporting and charting capabilities right out of the gate
- Such fine-grained control over the various data elements in your trees. You can add notes, source citations, text, tags, media, to-do’s to practically every person, event or fact type available; really lets you manage the data however you want.

- The virtual tree - this is a 3d animated model of your family tree. It looks cool…the first time…and that’s about it. Don’t really understand the ultimate point of this feature or see any functional purpose to it.
- The research assistant is helpful for filling in only the most basic missing information but not very configurable or ultimately very useful in my opinion. If it were something similar to GenSmarts on Windows, then I’d be in love with it. But I know GenSmarts is an older utility whose usefulness is a subject for debate. Additionally, Synium is a German developer with an international focus, not just the US.
- Web Search is not all that useful for real research but don’t really know you would improve it much more without the cooperation of the record sources (Ancestry, FamilySearch, etc.)

- If you buy into the modern source craze in Genealogy today (a la Evidence Explained), you’re going to find source management in MacFamilyTree cumbersome if not downright impossible. MacFamilyTree does not offer source templates or anything that even remotely attempts to conform to EE-style source management/citation. I’ve found workarounds which I’m happy with but I’m sure a number of enthusiast amateur genealogists would be put off by this. Again, EE-style is more of an American phenomenon and MacFamilyTree isn’t just for Americans…so I can’t fault the developers for this.
- Documentation & resources - while there is a user guide, I would LOVE for the developer to have a forum or a more active YouTube/online presence to help evangelize MacFamilyTree and give their users more help with using it/workflows/ideas, etc. It’s an awesome app but there isn’t really a ‘community’ for it online and that’s just strange in this day and age.


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This app is designed for OS X
  • Mac App Store Price: $59.99
  • Category: Productivity (Mac)
  • Updated: Jan 16, 2018
  • Version: 8.2.8
  • Size: 195 MB
  • Language: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Seller: Synium Software GmbH
Rated 4+

Requirements: OS X 10.10.0 or later, 64-bit processor

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