MacFamilyTree 8 App Reviews

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Great program; quits unexpectedly all the time

This program is awesome if you’re working on a small family tree. But the larger the tree gets, the more frequently the program just randomly shuts down. If you haven’t saved your work, you lost it. It’s very annoying, and it’s something that has yet to be fixed on any of the updates they’ve sent out. If it wasn’t for this, I’d have given 5 stars. As it is though, this program is nearly unusable for me.

Disappointing upgrade

I upgraded the operating system on my Mac and found that although I could open the MacFamilyTree version 7 I had on my computer, it would no longer upload any updates to my MacFamily Tree on the MacFamily Tree website. So I bought the new version of MacFamily Tree, version 8. However now it won’t upload to the website since it says that my file is too big! So I did not solve anything by buying this updated version. Also, this new version features a “CloudTree Sync and share” feature. The company advertises: "One family tree, multiple devices, multiple users”. However what the company fails to inform you is that to syc and share with devices other than another computer (ie. iPhones or iPads), you need to buy another piece of software, MobileFamilyTree. I feel that the info provided on the website advertising this software is misleading. They should explicitly state that to synchronize with devices other than another computer require the purchase of addional software.

A fantastic Family Tree Tool

I have used many family tree programs over the years and I think Mac Family Tree is the best. I love that it is aailable on my Macs and IOS devices and also in the cloud. I can quickly and easily enter new information from anywhere. This has come in handy while traveling and older family members remember some fact or person I need to record. I have several trees and they are all accessible in Mac Family Tree from anywhere. The layout is easy to read and enter details and it all gets backed up to the clooud as I work so I don’t lose anything if somethig happens to my devices. The Mac Family Tree app is a great price and comes with really great support from the creator. I have been using this programs for three years now and it gets better with each update. The creator is also responsive to user requests for features. I highly recommend this program and the IOS version.

Crashed and lost everything

I want my money back! I spent 6 hours this morning on creating a detailed family tree with pictures, media and research and it crashed on me and deleted all my work. I want my money back.

Easy to use, solid application

I have been using MacFamilyTree for about a year and find it quick and easy to use. The application seems solid as I’ve not run into any operating issues. A week or so ago I needed to replace my iMac and re-install MacFamilyTree. Customer service was excellent; quick and responsive to my questions about getting my previous tree and data over to my new Mac. A feature I really value is the area where one can add a fairly significant amount detail about an ancestor. I am not an expert at geneology so my geneology application requirements are pretty light. In my opinion, Mac Family Tree seems to have everything that I need to create a detailed family tree with added detail about ancestors. Kudos to the developer.

MacFamilyTree

I keep my genealogy research in four trees in case any goes out of business: Gramps, Family Tree Maker, Ancestry.com, and MacFamilyTree. The first two are way more difficult to enter and view tree information. MacFamily tree is the easiest to use and excels at MANY ways to search and view. I can easily view all events that happened in Pretty Prairie, Reno, Kansas, USA or that occurred in 1880-1885. Can't do that with Ancestry. It has a convenient LDS interface for research too. When $20 buys only one month of Ancestry.com membership, $40 barely buys dinner out, and you will spend many hours entering your family history, don't make price your deciding factor.

Lots of minor improvements needed

The is missing a lot of minor things that there are no work arounds for and become annoying. Like Narrative Reports don’t show adopted or step children, the publishing capabilities lacks flexibility like adding additional pages to introduction or being able to more add more graphics. Ability to export/publish the database built into a word/page document would be fantastic or integrating it with the two apps to add more pizazz. I have checked out other apps and they are much worse. MacFamilyTree stood out because of the functionality it currently has.

Some stability issues, but pretty great

I have a large GEDCOM (1500 people) file that I imported into MacFamilyTree. Initially I had some problems with the import - crashes and performance issues, but they miraculously calmed down. I had some conversation with Synium support, who are really dedicated and responsive, and they are already working on the issues I found. The product itself, when working, is fantastic. It makes adding family data easy and fun. It’s kind-of addictive to add just one more cousin or search for just one more ancestor. I also really like how it is seamlessly integrated with its companion iOS app, which makes showing off progress to my relatives a snap.

Powerful and Yet Easy Enough To Use That My 9 Year Old Has Created an 8 Generation Family Tree

My 9 year old is able to use this on iPhone, iPad, and Laptop, sharing it with her parents and grandparents with the cloud feature. It is so intuitive to use that a child could pick it up and work efficiently and effectively within minutes, and yet it is robust enough that with some poking around I can enter all the data I want. The sync feature using the cloud is awesome. All our family members can work on the same family tree file at various time with changes instantly syncing together. So far this has been seamless with the exception of one edit that was lost because two people were working on the tree at the same time and I’m sure syncs were conflicting. Definitely a worthwhile purchase.

I expected more from Mac

A crap app. I’ve used much better than this.

Very Good but how to suggest improvements

I use this app a lot. It is very good. Best geneaological record keeping app out there. I really wish the developers would have a way to have real users make suggestions for improvements. There is much opportunity here to be even better by listening to users. I would love to have a bit more ability to customize my views. The newest update added the word “nee” to anything populating the “family name” field. No way to remove that. I use that field for entering an individual’s mother’s name, which is very handy. Now the automatic “nee” inserted by developers make my name entries appear incorrect. Don’t really understand the reason behind adding that. If one enters an individual’s name at birth no matter the gender and then populate the “married name” field provided for women’s married name, there is no need for a “nee” indication. Also being able to select which populated fields are visible under an individuals events on their page would be nice.

Very reliable program from people who care

It is always hard to learn a new program after using another one you have loved for years so I can see that those people who were forced to replace Family Tree Maker would be a difficult lot to satisfy. I know because I continue to use my favorite photo software, Aperture, four years after Apple stopped development of that wonderful program. Having said that, I came to MACFamily8 as a newbie genealogist a couple years ago. This program is not difficult to use and has lots of bells and whistles to be discovered even after years of experience. I have never had it close down on me or malfunction. The operating manual is ok but like all programs these days, the operating manual is not very user friendly. I do wish that Missing Manuals would develop one of their wonderful user-oriented guides for this program. However, the software maker does take questions from their website and their support staff are responsive, knowledgeable, and caring. I recommend this program.

A Very Effective Genealogical Application

I have purchase other Genealogical applications - RootsMagic 7 and Heredis 2015 (Beta 2018). MacFamily Tree is the easiest app to build a quality Family Tree and create a stunning website on their FREE domain or your personal domain. With its’ link to familysearch.org your sit will grow fast with great documentation and sources. As it is on sale at this time, I snatched up the new 8.3 and got up and running in a short time. Their YoTube video training is a great + too.

Don’t pay for this app seriously...

This is my first review I have had to do on any app. The “billions” of documents were essentially useless. If you search under the other search field it has you look through other companies’ databases like Ancestry.com but without their subscription you can’t really do anything. Tried contacting customer support and was replied with emails acting like I was stupid until I finally was given Apple Support’s link which said product unavailble for refund. Pretty much sums up my entire experience.

Not the functionality you would want in a genealogy app

I purchased this app with great expectations that it would handle my 1600+ geneolagy files. Come to find out, you can import your files as described but not your media, photos and documents. This makes the app ineffective and incomplete functionally. Its a waste of time to have to move the hundreds of photos and documents one by one. Woud not recommend this to serious genealogy folks.

Great program for creating a family tree

I use almost a year and there were no problems. Very pleased with the latest update. All necessary functions of the program are conveniently located. Perfectly executed design gives pleasure in work with persons of my family tree. Only one thing I would like to wish for developers is to provide the opportunity to choose between "partner, husband, wife", so as at the moment there is only one choice, "partner."

Recent Convert

I remember when this app was first released, 20 years ago. I’m a long time user of another Mac genealogy app, but I’ve looked in on this one over the years. I’ve long been tempted by the look/feel/design of the interface, but I’ve had a lot time invested in that other app - and didn’t relish trying to bring a large, existing tree to new software - until I had more free time. As a LONG time user of one of their main competitors, I find the interface a long needed breath of fresh air. I’ve found it to be 100% reliable - rock solid with my precious data, curated over many years. Syncing between my devices has been flawless - viewing and updating records between two Macs, an iPad, and two iPhones. I haven’t tried sharing with other users, but the syncing between devices gives me a lot of optimism. Say what you will about look/feel, but I’m excited about doing some research again! This app is that big of an improvement, over what I was using before.

Forced to Upgrade - No Support for last version

I was forced to buy the upgrade because my MacFamilyTree Version 7 would only start up in a “Quiz Mode” that I couldn’t get out of. I promised one of my kids info on the Family Tree, and couldn’t access it. Inquiries to Synium via Email and Facebook went unanswered. A sneaky way to get money out of a paid user, but at least I got the program for $29.99 during a “sale"

Partner?

What happen to Husband and Wife? Old school user here maybe it’s time to just print what i have and drop the app.

Crashed

I had just gotten this app, and had it open for 30 min and it crashed, causing me to lose EVERYTHING… When I reopened the application, everything was gone. It’s frustrating to start over when the initiall people are your immediate family and are time consuming. I wish I wouldn’t have spent money on this.

Don’t bother

Can’t even find myself

Great Family Tree Application

This is some of the best Geneology software out there. Most amateure geneology has turned to online only databases, like ancestry.com, that are web based and sometimes make you feel like you are working within guardrails. This software is refreshing as it has tons of features and organizes the people and the features in an intuitive way. The software is fast and smooth and does not lag like websites. I perchased the software 2 years ago and have no regrets. It does everything that some older softwares like Family Tree Maker used to do but with tons of more features and and a sleak and intuitive interface. My personal favorite parts of the software are the Data Crunching aspects that let you see graphs and maps about your family history. But no matter if you are looking for some simple software to start your family tree or you have a history of making family trees and you are looking to move from older outdated software, Mac Family Tree is for you. Pros • Easy to use and enter data. • Does not suffer from glitches like website based family tree apps are prone to. When problems do arise like dupicate people or incorrect relationships Mac Family Tree has features within the software to correct these issues easily. • Citations. Mac Family Tree Makes it super easy to cite multiple pieces of data from the same source instead of having to reenter the data over and over again. Best part is if you made a mistake like a mispelling you can just go back and change it on the Citation section which all the cited info links to automaticaly applying the fix to everything that was cited. • Adding pictures and media is easy and similar to citations only requires adding once. Cons: • When I first purchased the program would sometimes freeze and crash. I believe these issues have been mostly resolved with updates since my original purchase. As with anything important on a computer save frequently. I usually save with a simple ⌘+S after ever new piece of data I enter just to be careful. Lately I have not noticed any crashing at all. Suggested Features • It would be nice if names and gender could be cited in a similar fashion to life events and family events and Facts. • Better interpretation of dates. Common abreviations like (Bef 1870, Aft 1921, 1833-1838) are not interpreted by the software. It would be nice if it could interpret these for the graphng and analizing sections. • Caladar my family has been doing Geneology for years and we have never been able to find a place that offers calendars. Mac Family tree offers Family Tree Books and Data Print outs. Please ad a calandar feature where you can make a calandar with your relatives birthdays, deathdays, anaversaries, pictures and so on. • Make adding unknown locations easier. Some towns or counties are not on maps anymore but the locations are well known. It would be nice when you know a location to be able to just drop a pin on a map instead of having to go look up the lat Long cordinates from Google Earth. • Also It would be nice if County and State locations could be included in the maps. Currently unless you add the specific town the software will not geolocate the location. Moving to an area based software setup for location would improove this. People could draw their own custom area boxes if they know for example what part of a county or state a relative is from. Or they could use just the areas of states or counties or towns. The areas would stedily shrink in size as you add more specifics until you give an exact address or drop a pin on an exact location. (Just an Idea)

So Thorough, Complete and Well Thought Through

I cannot say enough good things about this application. I’ve been using it for a while now with other family members using the CloudTree (iCloud sync) feature and have over 400 people in the tree now. The flexibility with which you can enter data is fanatastic. It’s very easy to move people around or add additional (sometimes complex) relationships (step, adopted, joins to multiple parts of the tree). The depth to which you can enter events for individual people or the family is excellent. I love how you can define sources and then cite those sources when entering bits of information. It’s also very easy to enter various media and then link them to the people or events where they relate without having to add the media more than once. The reports, charts and output are also fanatastic. There are so many different ways to look at the data and you can choose to output them in any of the supported 16 languages. This has been very useful to me as I am working with family members in 4 different languages (all supported). Finally the “CloudTree” sync is exactly what I wanted. It’s almost a shame that they gave it its own name because at first I thought I’d have to sync through their cloud which I did not want. CloudTree just uses iCloud sync (note: NOT iCloud Drive) which so far for me has worked wonderfully. I can work on my desktop most of the time but continue on my laptop when I travel. I can have multiple family members work on the tree at the same time. The price is reasonable given the outstanding capabilities and quality of this program. I have two other family members using the the app via Apple’s Family Sharing feature, so I only pay for one copy and they get to use it too (if they’re part of your Family Sharing group). This is a really, really aweosme program and I’m very glad that I found it.

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. Pros: - 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. Meh’s - 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.) Cons: - 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.

VERY disappointed!

I have used several genealogy programs through the years - Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, Legacy, etc. - for a PC. This is my second genealogy program for Mac and the best I can say about it is: I am VERY disappointed with it. I have over 59,000 names in my database. Legacy loads immediately. Family Tree Maker loaded somewhat slower. Now this app, Synium’s Mac Family Tree 8 is one of the slowest I have ever used. I have finally given up on trying to load my database and have had to force quit the program to make it to quit running. I’m trashing this waste of money and will be looking for something other to run on my Mac.Don’t waste your time or money here.

Excellent program!

After having used other programs such as Heredis and Roots Magic, I was looking for a program with better features. I decided to give this program a try and I have absolutely no regrets. The ease of use is amazing and very self-explanatory. I opened the program and just started using it. There was nothing complicated at all about anything. Adding people is extremely easy and navigating around the family tree took no explanation whatsoever. Also, the visual experience is absolutely amazing. The chart and report features are very well done and extremely easy to create. I had read that there are ads on this program and I was imagining pop-up ads on every page. That isn’t anywhere close to what I am seeing. So far, I have seen an occasional message like once or twice at the beginning that asks something about Synium but it is nothing that I would worry about in terms of ruining the experience. In my opinion, this is definitely a 5-star program.

I really like it

I’ve only had this for a couple of weeks and I’ve already been able to put in all of the information I have about both sides of my family. It’s very easy to use. I don’t understand one reviewer’s comment about ads because I haven’t seen any ads. I haven’t explored all of the features yet but I look forward to doing so. I will update this review after I have had a chance to explore the features more fully.

Overpriced and Full of ads

Developer has gone down a dark road by deciding to place ads in the software.

Not compatible with MacFamily Tree 7 mobile

If you upgrade for the Mac, you have to upgrade mobile also or it wn’t work. You are required to pay for two expensive upgrades, each with very limited upgrades. I regret upgrading to version 8 and will go back to version 7. GThe improvements are not worth paying for an upgrade on both.

Relationship chart still does not work properly.

I’m still waiting the the relationship chart fix, but I will not wait forever. Love every thing else but this one issue is crippling my research. The problem is easy to reproduce and as a result I see no reason why it hasn’t been fixed. The relationship calculation is the heart to all geneolgy softwares. I love the nicely formated charts but I need a working relatioship calculator more than the nice printable charts. On January first I’ll be using FTM’s relationship calculator on Windows running on my Mac if this obvoius BUG isn’t fixed. I will not wait forever and now I have a drop-dead date of January 1, 2018.

Beautiful rendering of no data

Just bought the app, and so far I am disappointed with the data sources. It only integrates to FamilySearch, which didn’t find any of my relatives that I entered, so the app is useless as a research tool. In contrast, for example, in MyHeritage I entered a single person (myself) and found 55 relatives with profiles, photo’s, supporting documentation, etc. So while it’s appealing to have a family tree app without a subscription fee, now it looks like it’s only useful if you pay a subsription to the data from somewhere else, in addition to buying the app, at which point you don’t really need to buy the app.

Horrible

Horrible product. Pretty expensive for a product that doesn’t really do any online research. Just a glorified databse for information you have to research elsewhere. I wish I had never wated my money.

Personally, love the updates!

When I initially purchased MFT 7, I was coming off of working on a PC and trying to find something comparable to work with on a Mac; there weren’t many choices. It took a while to get use to but it did its job. Since the upgrade to MFT 8 and the updates, I am really content and no longer remember what I miss from the PC family tree programs.

Family tree charts now take up MUCH less space

I have a Web site that covers (mostly) the subject of athletic shoes, and I also have my family tree as part of the information. MacFamilyTree 7 required over a gigabyte of disk space for the family tree charts, while MacFamilyTree 8 requires only 104 megabytes. I have approximately 8400 individuals and 3600 families. Synium Software changed from using predrawn graphics to drawing the graphics in the Web browser using JavaScript coding. And they increased functionality to boot. Now, the boxes in the family tree chart are clickable and lead you to the page for the individual person. This version is going to pay for itself because I’m now using less disk space at my Web presence provider. Because I’m storing less data, I went from a $30 a month hosting plan to a $20 a month hosting plan.

Impressed!

First-time downloader today, and I have to say I’m impressed out the gate. The amount of detail allowed for data entry is impressive, but the app is still easy to navigate. Good stuff!

Great Update.

I am really happy with the new chart options and all the added styles. Great app, that just gets better with every update.

Pretty good geneology software

Overall, it’s pretty good. It’s very easy to navigate, which can be tricky with geneology software. It’s very easy to enter information, and to edit information. I LOVE that it offers so many ways to visualize your family tree: the circle chart is particularly beautiful and interesting to explore. However, it needs some work before becoming a perfect program. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, and gave it 4 because it’s very good at constructing a family tree, which is obviously what it advertises itself as being designed to do. However, I was really hoping for a program that would also help organize and record the vast number of papers, documents, and photos I’ve been collecting from my family, and to be able to share my research with other members of my family. In these matters, it is very weak. The things that really need improvement: - The website it publishes looks like it’s from 1997. The software’s UI is modern and simple and elegant in that Mac-software-way, and the many, many tree views it offers are all so elegant and beautifully designed… so it’s kind of a shocker to see the final, clunky website. In particular, the media needs to be improved, and there’s no location information. There also needs to be options to hide certain information or comments before publishing. - There needs to be separate categories for photographs/images of the people and places, and for media that is in document/written form. Lumping them all together under “media,” and having whichever one randomly ends up first be the person’s avatar on the family tree, is extremely clunky and inconvenient. When I add a group photo, and tag a bunch of people, that photo moves to the front of the “media” queue in each entry, and then I need to go back into each person and change the order of their media to get back to a photo of their face as the Family Tree avatar. There needs to be an assigned photo for the avatar that doesn’t change, and it needs to be able to be a cropped version of another photo (to get nice and square around their face) WITHOUT cropping the entire photo in the “media” section. - The media options in general need to be vastly improved, and IMO there should be a way to tag different media types: personal letters, business letters, government documents, education records, etc. At the very least, separate categories between government/official records, and personal records. I have thousands of random little documents and letters between family members that I’d like a much more elegant way to organize. I’d love to be able to scan them in, attached them to people, and know that a digital copy is safe. I guess this could be done by making them each a “source,” but that would make the source list completely unweildy. If that’s how it’s supposed to work, there needs to be a way to put sources in folders or categories/subcategories, because having to navigate a list of literally thousands of love letters and “wish you were here” postcards between distant relatives to find the 1900 census documentation would be ridiculous. - Locations needs to be significantly improved. This is a big one, and pretty frustrating. When doing family research, locations can be as important as individual people. First of all, you can only assign events down to the town level… but I have all these census records and family histories that include street addresses, and mutliple events happening in the same town that I’d like to assign to individual locations. Street addresses can be very important to family history: who got married in which church in town, what happened to the family when they were still living on X street, before they moved to the larger house on Y street, etc. There also needs to be ways to attach photographs, documents, and notes to locations… I have so many family stories of what happened at X location that don’t really belong under an individual person, but definitely belong to the location. It’s also really weird to me that you can’t assign photos to locations. I have a bunch of photos of houses that family members lived in, churches they got married in, vacation spots they went to, that I’d love a place to store and attach to the location. Basically, this program does about half of what I need it to do. Some stuff (like the location updates, and being able to assign a face to a name) I think it should already do. Being able to use it to store photos/memories/documents isn’t technically within the program’s mandate, but it would make the program so much more useful, and me such a happier customer.

Great app with minor inconveniences

This is as thorough as a family tree application can get. Adding new family members can be a bit cumbersome, the app doesn’t intuitivley support “non-conforming” family members, so a bit of data entry jiu jitsu is required, but overall an astounding application.

machine sounds like it’s going to blow-up

I was looking for something that was user friendly to create several trees and stores photos, documents, etc. I didn’t like the clunky, Windows feel of the other Mac compatible programs. This one is the most Mac-like visually. Information is easy to input and it has many good features, like mapping and the ability to search from the web. However, the big draw-back that makes me kinda wish I didn’t buy it, is that my computer get’s hot and the fan loud, like it’s about to blow-up. I really hope this program doesn’t damage my machine.

Great Software! Great Customer Service!

This is wonderful geneology software for Mac users…and the corresponding iOS apps really make it the full package…but even more important is the customer service provided by Synium. I have had a few user questions and each time the response from the company has been super fast and helpful.

Excellent Application

I’ve been a user through several iterations of the program and have never had any issues with it. The program works better than many others and has a more responsive development team than I have seen with other applications.

Crashes constantly

Upgraded from a previous version. Previous version was better in almost every way. Can’t use it for more than 10 minutes until it crashes the entire OS. This is the first Mac app that I’ve ever had this experience with. It’s unusual for a Mac app to be able to take down the entire system.

I Like It.

As a beginner, the learning curve was minimal. No sluggishness, no freezing. It just works. That is why I buy Apple. Thank you.

I prefer version 7

Version 8 is a step backward when it comes to the visual experience of the interactive tree interface. The interface requires double-clicking an individual to reorient the tree around him/her, rather than the single click of version 7. The visuals are less appealing: the shadows on individuals make them look like they’re in a bad powerpoint; the “cartoon” symbol style option is the worst kind of 3D clipart; the rotating gear animation around the highlighted individual makes him/her look like they’re inside a prize ribbon; and the default scaling of selected and unselected individuals is all off. Finally, the interactive tree appears to have some kind of Star Wars effect where everything is displayed at a slight tilt going back in time… Why? The edit menu for each individual does not display a column for “description,” which is key for “events" like “occupation,” and there is no obvious way to edit which columns display in the edit bar (you can still see the description, however, by double-clicking the event for additional data). This version needed more user experience testing. I prefer version 7, despite some of the additional (useful) features of version 8, like “plausibility”—a feature which notifies you of inconsistent data among family members on your tree.

Love it

After playing around with version 8 for a few weeks now I have to say that it’s a brilliant update. I love the colors and the interactive family tree and the new filters. It’s much easier now to enter persons or person data in the interactive family tree because you don’t have to switch between tree and person edit. It’s all in one view now and I can even see FamilySearch suggestions while I am working on my family tree. The charts don’t seem to have changed since version 7 but they were already so beautiful that I cannot think of any things I missed there. The layout itself is a huge enhancement. The huge sidebar on the right is gone and has been replaced by a much more elegant top bar. I have so much more space to view my charts now. Only thing that I miss is some kind of online collaboration to invite family members. Currently noone can contribute to my tree, just send me gedcomm files.

Mostly a step backwards

I recently upgraded from MacFamilyTree 7, and frankly am quite regretful. Granted, I don’t use all the charting and graphing features, mainly just the tree editing and sourcing screens. The one good thing in 8 is the permanent editing window that docks on the right side of the screen (the version 7 quick edit would disappear as soon as you clicked off of it). However, the rest of the tree page has become hard to read and muddled. It is coded for retina macs and perhaps not having one is a drawback for me, as I have to make the text so large to be readable that it wraps funny. The tree edit page take just too much clicking to get to stuff that should be visible all the time or with just one click, as in version 7. The best way to describe it is like viewing your tree through a paper tube. The source viewer has also gotten harder to use, with sources being grouped and sorted in funny ways, but no straight up alphabetical list as before. I wish there was an option to view the tree edit page in the version 7 format.

Terrible User Interface

I purchased Version 8, used it for a little while, then reverted back to version 7. The new user interface is, to be blunt, horrible. Gigantic garish icons, wierd 3D pink and blue torsos floating around a pseudo-3D screen that “puff up” when you mouse over them, etc. It’s awful. I’ll stick with V7 until I find some other software to replace it, and it won’t be MacFamilyTree.

Sooooooo Slow

I am used to working with Legacy on a PC. It is really a great program. I bought a MAC, which I love, and had to find another genealogy program. This one seemed to be the best. But, I have had nothing but problems with it. It is extremely slow and unwieldily. It takes forever to move around. I also don’t like the relationship calculator as it only does it for a few generations - which I can easily do in my head. I upgraded to version 8 and can’t even get it to open. It just hangs up. I have 33,000 names and maybe that’s the problem, but I never had any problem whatsoever with the number of names on the Legacy program. I would not recommend this program.

Great Application and Great Support

I love this app! It makes dealing with geneological information so much easier and more visual. It works great and, while there are sometimes little annoyances, for the most part I don’t have any real complaints. The developers also offer great support. A while back I emailed in about a problem where the scrolling seemed sluggish, and within a day they had responded that a fix was in the works. A few days after that, they pushed out an update that addressed the very problem I had contacted them about, and it now works great! I would highly recommend this app to anyone interested in family history.

Freezes Up

When I first started using this program, I was very excited at the way it performed, the graphics and the layout of the program. However, once I started building my family tree, the more ancestors that I added, the slower the performance of the software. My MacBook eventually quit being able to run the program so I had to start over from scratch with a newly created tree. This was very time consuming but the program seemed to work better as long as I did not access the Family Search website to verify information. Then I downloaded the most recent update to the software and it crashed. I now have to delete the app and re-install the software. When the program works, it is AWESOME! But, it is very frustrating when it starts to slow down and begin freezing up on a very fast MacBook Pro. Fix the bugs and I will start using again, thanks!

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