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Managing your genealogical data can be difficult and time consuming. If you don't feel like managing the data and drawing the family tree, yourself, ohmiGene for Mac might just be the right app for you.

ohmiGene for Mac comes in Lite and PLUS versions. The Lite version is free to try but the number of profiles that you can have is limited, and a watermark is added when you export files. The PLUS version costs $40 and comes without watermarks. The installation of the application is very quick and easy as it's the usual Mac drag and drop type of installation. The interface is pretty straightforward, with huge icons that are easy to understand. You start by creating a new profile and adding a few people to the family link. You can also add more information like events, the person's attributes, relations, children, parents, etc. When you switch to the family navigation mode, the app will show you a clean family tree with a short summary of the person next to his/her icon, with more details when you hover your cursor over the profile.

Even though ohmiGene for Mac comes with a steep price tag, it performs its functions well and would be useful to users who are trying to organize their genealogy data in a very clean and elegant manner.

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2 stars

"Amateurish appearance"

December 26, 2007  |  By iayork

2007-12-26 10:44:11  |  By iayork

 |  Version: ohmiGene Lite 2.01


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This program has a really amateurish look-and-feel, to the point that it's unpleasant to use.

There's no attempt to follow the Mac HIG. Menus are not in the menubar but are crammed together in a corner of a window. The icons are truly ghastly, apparently scribbled by a four-year-old, cluttered, ugly, and non-explanatory. Even the text associated with (some of) the icons is often unclear (how is a "person" option different from an "individual"?) Many icons have no explanatory text, and I can't even guess what they are supposed to do; mouse-overs don't bring up tooltips. More random garish icons are scattered across the fields, to the point where they overlay text and render it unreadable.

The author is French and obviously speaks little or no English; the translation is apparently either with the aid of a dictionary or machine-translation and the result is about as incoherent as you'd expect. Again, a very amateurish attitude.

Doesn't import any GedCom files I've tried -- apparently they are the wrong version. The author apparently has made no attempt at backward-compatibility or is completely inflexible.

There are many other offputting touches -- windows don't resize, for example.

It is quite possible that this is a powerful, capable, and reliable genealogy program. However, I can't imagine trusting any data to this interface. If the author is serious about trying to sell his "Pro" version (which as far as I can see has the same interface as this free version) I strongly suggest he completely re-does the interface, following Apple's standard HIG and hiring people as necessary to make a competent translation and to produce professional-looking icons.

Because it didn't import GedCom files I didn't really try it out, so I will be relatively generous in the ratings.

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Publisher Ohm inProduction
Publisher web site
Release Date July 27, 2014
Date Added July 27, 2014
Version 6.11.5
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
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Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 135.56MB
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Total Downloads 3,392
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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