MacFamilyTree for Mac

MacFamilyTree for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 78 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.2.4
File Size:
274.23MB
Date Added:
August 21, 2014
Price:
Free to try (Save-disabled); $49.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
24,122
Downloads Last Week:
23
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

MacFamilyTree for Mac helps you research and record your family history information and turn it into charts, reports, or an amazing 3D Virtual Tree. Its visually appealing interface and Web search integration differentiates it from other similar apps, making it a good choice for any genealogy enthusiast. The standard GEDCOM format is supported for both import and export of data.

MacFamilyTree's sleek, streamlined interface will help you get started in no time, and if you ever need assistance, the comprehensive Help file will provide it. You begin by creating a new family tree and adding relatives and their photos and relevant information to it. To identify the roots of your family, you can use one of the online genealogical databases integrated into the app. You can also view sources, images, to-do lists, and locations. Additional neat features include a Research Assistant and a Family Quiz that helps you hone your family knowledge. You can also sync with iCloud, which allows you to access your family tree on any iOS device with a companion app installed. If you don't want to use iCloud for any reason, you can also sync your data to Dropbox.

In terms of interface, features, and performance, MacFamilyTree lives up to its promises. If you're looking for a comprehensive genealogy app that integrates manually-entered information with Web data, it's certainly the right choice for you. You can't save any data with the trial version, but you will get a good sense of the app's capabilities to see if the upgrade is worth the price to you.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of MacFamilyTree for Mac 7.0.13.

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  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 78 votes

    • 5 star: 32
    • 4 star: 23
    • 3 star: 14
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 5 stars

    "EXCELLENT PROGRAM"

    April 24, 2013   |   By usrid42

    Version: MacFamilyTree 6.3.8

    Pros

    Attractive interface
    Import/ export capabilities
    Synchronisation with mobile devices
    Publishing to http://www.macfamilytree.com/
    Regular free updates

    Cons

    Can be little hard to get used to

    Summary

    I've been using Synium MacFamilyTree since version 6.1 in 2011 (now 6.3.8) and have never had a problem. I am a bit of a beginner and found it a little hard at the start but didn't have any problem importing a GEDCOM of a family tree I had been working on in a Windows applications.

    Of particular use to me has been the version I have on my iPad which I can do work on and then come back and synchronise with what's on my iMac. It works seamlessly.

    I see that others have had problems but I hav not had any of these experiences.

    Upgrades have been regular and useful.

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  • 1 stars

    "DO NOT BUY THIS SOFTWARE"

    December 19, 2011   |   By irisheyesjennifer

    Version: MacFamilyTree 6.2.1

    Pros

    It worked until they issued an update.

    Cons

    Abysmal customer support.

    Summary

    On Wednesday 14 December 2011, I updated my MacFamilyTree software with 6.2 as recommended in software updates on my Mac (running OSX Lion). Prior to updating I was not having any trouble with MacFamilyTree; I did not ask for the update; I did not require the update. After I updated, the program crashed. I contacted the company, Synium, and sent my crash log; they did nothing.

    On Friday 16 December 2011, I updated with the 6.2.1 update which they issued in order to fix the crash; it did nothing. Again I sent them the crash report.

    This morning, Monday 19 December 2011, I received an email from them. They actually had the nerve to send me an update this morning called 6.2.2 which is nothing more than a new version of MacFamilyTree. They have done ABSOLUTELY nothing to help me restore the huge database I lost because of their update.

    DO NOT BUY THIS SOFTWARE. The support people clearly have no clue about what they are doing. So now I have software on my computer that is completely unusable (by the way I paid full price for it through their website). I have lost my entire family tree on my Mac, although I do have backups on my iPad and iPhone; however the backups no longer interface with the software.

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  • 1 stars

    "Stay away from this product"

    June 21, 2011   |   By jgoddarad

    Version: MacFamilyTree 6.1b15

    Pros

    It hasn't formatted my hard drive...yet

    Cons

    Buggy
    Horrific customer service
    Setting a simple property requires digging many levels deep, it would take forever for a person to enter the most basic information with this app.

    Summary

    I'd be very careful about choosing this software. The interface is clunky at best, often requiring digging 5+ levels deep just to inter a simple piece of information. There are tons of bugs and customer service is practicably nonexistent. When they do respond they lie through their teeth.

    I'd highly recommend looking at the other programs in this category and steering clear of anything made by Synium.

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  • 2 stars

    "Reunion is better"

    May 08, 2011   |   By scoville--2008

    Version: MacFamilyTree 6.1b8

    Pros

    Still looking.

    Cons

    No reason to switch from Reunion

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  • 4 stars

    "Great for Macs"

    April 16, 2011   |   By orwoff

    Version: MacFamilyTree 6.1b2

    Pros

    Generally easy to use. Visually pleasing interface.

    Cons

    Not simple to send to non-Mac users in an editable form.
    GEDCOM input not intuitive and questionable when overlaying different branches of same family.

    Summary

    Suits my needs. Would like to see ability to send/receive editable reports to/from other family members. Something akin to editable PDF would be great, especially at the person report level. This would resolve cross-platform problems.

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  • 4 stars

    "Nice program, reporting is not flexible"

    November 13, 2010   |   By Pichounette

    Version: MacFamilyTree 6.0.9

    Pros

    Very nice visually, easy to use. Can support large number of entry.

    Cons

    Cannot transfer data into Excel sheet for exemple, that would help to sort family that have missing info. Cannot chose what to see in report, not flexible enough.

    Summary

    Familytree must work on reporting.

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  • 3 stars

    "Good but navigation is tough. Hard to share info."

    November 13, 2010   |   By Greek Pastry

    Version: MacFamilyTree 6.0.9

    Pros

    Easy entry. Captures most relevant data.

    Cons

    Can't send a neat picture of a tree to other family members. There should be a family tree "reader" so that others can at least view the reports and trees. I have resorted to building tree diagrams in excel or word to share information.

    Summary

    Best you can get for the Mac.

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  • 3 stars

    "Good basic genealogy program."

    October 23, 2010   |   By JerryWilcox

    Version: MacFamilyTree 6.0.7

    Pros

    Good choice of viewing options.

    Cons

    Somewhat complex

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  • 5 stars

    "Intuitive enough for beginner, complete enough for pros"

    October 21, 2010   |   By mlivingstone

    Version: MacFamilyTree 6.0.7

    Pros

    The dev team constantly find new ways to use the existing data, as well as finding new ways to add to its value with timely innovative upgrades. One of those products you can really enjoy using.

    Cons

    None that immediately come to mind.

    Summary

    Fun product to use regardless of how deep you are into genealogy.

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  • 3 stars

    "simple software lacking in printing features."

    October 12, 2010   |   By Greek Pastry

    Version: MacFamilyTree 6.0.6

    Pros

    Easy to input data. Easy to see different graphics

    Cons

    cannot customize graphic output. A real minus

    Summary

    Easy to use. Easy to view screen charts. Impossible to cutomize charts for printing.

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