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GreatFamily

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If you enjoy building your family tree and sharing it with others, you'll appreciate GreatFamily. The tree-building portion can be a bit awkward. You can connect people to their spouses or either parent, but there's no sibling or child link. The marriage link offers a Divorce variable, but not a Widowed one, and you can enter the date for only one end point (wedding or divorce).

Nonetheless, with a little assistance from the Help file, you can knock out a tree with records for your entire family. Each person's record can contain biographical data, such as date and place of birth and death. You can annotate further with pictures, occupations, and the source of the information. You even can import standard GEDCOM (GD3) or GenDesigner files.

However, it's page-building where GreatFamily shines. The Reports menu lets you format your tree as a clean Flash page with pop-up information or an attractive set of framed HTML files. You also can create Word 2000 or text reports through that menu, or export the whole thing as a GEDCOM file. All this takes little time and few system resources. Genealogists and families who want to share their tree can benefit from GreatFamily.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good simple program but not up to date."

    July 2, 2011  |   By shion3072

    Version: GreatFamily 2.2.2

    Pros

    Quite simple to use. Very nice the way you can visualise the tree, makes navigation and building trees very easy. Very quick and easy to use.

    Cons

    This software has not been updated for many years, (since 2004 I think), so some users may have compatibility problems. The greatprogs.com website is still there, but i don't know how well supported it is.

    Summary

    A great program. When you first import a ged, or auto-arrange, it will seem messy,. But spend some time, on a tree layout that makes sense to you, will end up lost in any other software or website but this. You can export to ged, make notes, keep photos, most things you need.
    Note: You can put in same sex marriages, however entering siblings to that marriage is a little more tricky.

    I really wish there could be updates to this, or for it to be released public domain. It has the potential to be the best, but now its just too old.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DISCRIMINATES AGAINST GAY PEOPLE!"

    November 23, 2009  |   By agill81

    Version: GreatFamily 2.2.2

    Pros

    I did not find nothing good about this company!

    Cons

    This company flat out discriminates against gay people on the basis that "same sex couples can't reproduce". They won't allow same sex couples to add their spouse!

    Summary

    Stay away!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Couldn't install the software (Windows Vista)"

    September 27, 2007  |   By pdbck

    Version: GreatFamily 2.2.2

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not for genealogy"

    July 25, 2006  |   By iricigor

    Version: GreatFamily 2.2.2

    Pros

    nothing

    Cons

    I am not sure how this is software for creating family tree. All the options are adding boxes with names and links towards other boxes. It does not put any meaning to it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very disappointing, I urge you to try something else."

    June 5, 2006  |   By RichyRoo

    Version: GreatFamily 2.2.2

    Pros

    It has the basics covered. Adding family members is easy as is linking them all together.

    Can add photos and create galleries for each person.

    Fully functional trial with good time limit.

    Cons

    The user interface is neither aesthetically pleasing (looks very dated) nor does it help with functionality.

    The way it lays out the family tree is very poor. Just looking at the example is enough to give you a headache. The boxes for each person are fine, it's the endless array of lines that's the problem. Instead of one line connecting parents and then another connecting children it has a line from each parent to every child! Very messy and not easy to look at, let alone work out 'who belongs to whom'.

    It lacks many features which other products provide making it a rather basic application.

    Navigation around the tree is somewhat annoying - there are arrow buttons on the screen that move the field of view, or there are the arrow keys. The addition of scroll bars would have helped.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product for family tree web page generation."

    February 7, 2005  |   By phantomog

    Version: GreatFamily 2.2.2

    Pros

    It is easy and intuitive to use. It only took me a few seconds to figure out how to use it. It allows you to add photo slide shows of ancestors. It generates beautiful, fully functional web pages quickly.

    Cons

    The only downfall is it lacks the large volume of reports/books of other products. But if you want to share your history through webpages this is the product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A fun and easy tool"

    July 26, 2003  |  

    Version: GreatFamily 2.2.2

    Summary

    A good value product.
    One would add many missing features, but as a whole - it does what it said it would.
    The web feature is great - yet, size consuming

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