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Looking for a Genealogy App for your Mac, iPhone, iPod, iPad? I got some answers UPDATED

Here are my recommendations base upon testing and usage: Updated!

Roots Magic 7 these are windows applications but can be run on MAC's via MacBridge (a customized version of Crossover) for $9.95. You will still need to purchase a full version of Roots Magic (for the license file key to use in MacBridge). Is MacBridge as good as the windows version? Sort of you can open your family information just like in Windows. the MacBridge application is stable. Someday soon Roots Magic promises a true OS X app. They have an iOS app but it is read only of your Family file so it is useless if you are away from your MAC, you can't add information with the iOS to your family file.

Pros and Cons: Very good windows application very stable, but no real MAC app, using windows emulation has its drawbacks on a MAC machines. They have great documentations and support migrating of PAF, FTM and other file formats Needs a iOS app that allows for reading and writing of genealogy data!

iFamily is a great genealogy app for the MAC, it is easy to use and support importing of data via gedcom files up to version 5.5. iFamily for Leopard is a genealogy application for people who think differently. Whereas other genealogy software tends to emphasize the family unit, this software's focus is on each individual person. This distinction is subtle and is a feature of iFamily for Leopard. In iFamily for Leopard you can see at a glance whether an individual has more than 2 parents, more than 1 spouse or the number of siblings they had. Parent-child relationships may be natural (the default), step, adopted or foster relationships. Available for purchase since October 2006, iFamily has had more than 60 versions released, leading to a richly featured product that is stable and user friendly, utilized by a healthy community of users.

Pros: great support forum, customer focused. Cons: no iOS application.

Reunion is another really great app for the MAC, it is simple to use and has a Mac World Editor's Choice Award: Reunion is a genealogy software program — a "family tree program" — for the Macintosh. Reunion is also available as a companion product on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad. Reunion Touch is an application for Reunion 11 users that replaces the previous "Reunion for iOS". The current version of Reunion 11 for Macintosh received the highest rating for genealogy software in MacWorld, MacAddict, and Mac Home Journal magazines. Reunion also received a MacWorld Editor's Choice award. The latest release 11 (2015) the upgrade price 49.95 (unless you are in PA then it is more)..

I bought this app because it was suppose to the be the best genaelogy app for the MAC (2009), upgraded to most current release it has won me back as a customer.

Pros: Great user interface (UI) good documentation Cons: iPad app cost 15.00 and you proably shell out 100.00 (49.99 for the upgrade per release) for the mac app that you must have in order to use the iOS app.

Mac Family Tree is a very visual applcation for the MAC. I have been using this app since release 3 (now at release 7), the developers have made great strides in the user interface! The reports and charts are first class! Your family tree:

Easily enter and then visualize your family history. Be it creating reports, diagrams or browsing your data in the innovative 3D view called Virtual Tree - MacFamilyTree offers a solution for every task. Get an overview of where you hail from and maybe enthuse your relatives about exploring your family's past at your upcoming family reunion.

Pros: Great UI, activily being improved, very visual, resonable price for product and updates, iOS app 15.00, iOS app can import and export gedcom files. New 7.x version is out and is a huge improvement over the original 6.x software stream

Cons: Version 7.x for IOS does require that you repurchase the application. Issues with the current release importing and exporting gedcom files even from older releases, iOS app freezes up when using large family files (31 to 43 Mb) **note this has been fixed with the last application update for iOS **, must have desk top version of software to sync data on the same WiFi network. Syncing of data takes forever on large files or just plain crashes both sides. Tech support is germany, slow responses at times. Web site is confusing since they have multiple products.

2015 Wrap-up

Well it has been a interesting year, medical issues, eye surgery, new roof on the house. Life just happened this year to the negative, but we are taking it in strife! Its a good time to be alive. the Kids are all good, Jason and Lindsey bought a home in Everett Washington, Chis has been at his job for a year. Cam is working for Costco during the holiday season. Nikki is back working at Joannes fabrics, Zach is being Zach and searching for is passion in life. Sue is sewing and loves being a Grandmother (Nana) to our 6 grand children and taking care of me. We are all wanting to wish our family friend as Merry Christmas and Happy holidays

Airmail new mail app for MAC OS X Updated

UPDATE: I have purchased Airmail from the mac app store. So far Airmail supports IMAP, Exchange, POP3, email accounts (Google, mac.com, me.com, icloud.com, yahoo.com, as well as my website email). The App is $1.99 in the apple app store. So far it has preformed very well over all. I love the interface or UI!. I believe Airmail is just as good or better than the built in Mail.app! It is very easy to use.

UPDATE: Exchange support is here, POP3 is here (current release 1.38) update via the App Store!

NOWYOU CAN GET AIRMAIL 2.0 for $9.99 at the app store ( I don't think the app isworth more than $2.99 )

Smart watches I have tested to date

Well I wanted to start with the U8 smart watch I bought off of Geek one of my favorite places to by stuff. The unit I got won't power up (bummer) getting a refund on this puppy as soon as geek support sends me the how to's. I got my GV9 watch on Saturday from Geek, so far it is pretty nice, its really built for the Android user (since it can be a phone as well!) it will connect to a iPhone 5 or better via bluetooth but there is not an app in the App store that works with it. You can get some things off your iPhone like you last numbers dialed bluetooth audio. Overall the GV9 is very nice bit of kit!


Living life with one eye?

For of you don't know 2015 has been a difficult year health wise for me. I have gotten cataracts in both eyes so my sight has dimmed since the beginning of the year. The good news it is fixable! I have had my left eye surgery done for a week now (at the time this post) so I have one near perfect eye and one bad eye, My brain is fighting with itself to see which eye will win dominance. I am voting for the left one. I have another couple of weeks before my right eye is done (surgery) and I should be back to 20/20 vision!

More to follow as my adventure continues! Another interesting development in the afternoon my eyesight gets better that in the mornings my brain must be figuring things out. LOL

UPDATE BOTH EYES ARE NOW DONE I CAN SEE AGAIN! (6/30/2015)

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