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My Family Tree 7.3 now available

Today we are excited to announce the release of My Family Tree 7.3 available now from the latest updates page.

This release contains several new features and improvements in the following areas:

  • Accessibility
  • Gender
  • Relationship calculator
  • General improvements

You can see a more detailed set of changes in the latest version history.

Accessibility

In this release, high contrast themes have been improved.  We made a number of improvements to less frequently accessed elements of the user interface and fixed a number of issues with themes on legacy operating systems.  We have also embedded the OpenDyslexic font in the application so you no longer need to install that separately to use the feature.

Gender

We have expanded the range of genders from 'Male', 'Female', and 'Unknown' to include 'Other', and 'Not yet known'.  This allows for distinction between a gender being unknown (i.e. it cannot be known from available records) and not yet known (i.e. available records have not yet been checked).  We also took the oportunity to include the 'Other' category to allow recording of genders other than male or female.  This is inline with several cases now where records useful to genealogy can record somthing other than male or female for the sex of the person.

Relationship calculator

The relationship calculator has been updated to support gender neutral relationship descriptions (e.g. parent rather than mother/father) where the gender of individuals isn't known or isn't male or female.  We also added support for the reporting of multiple relationships within a tree, for example, when cousins marry.

General improvements

We have made many 'under the hood' improvements to the application for improved stability, and ease of use.

Windows Store availability

My Family Tree is available on Windows 10 in the Windows Store.

Get it from Microsoft
Upgrading from earlier versions

My Family Tree 7.3 is a highly compatible upgrade from earlier versions of the application and is supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista (SP1 or later)
  • Windows XP (SP3 only)

My Family Tree depends on the latest version of the Microsoft® .NET Framework available for your operating system.  When you start My Family Tree, you will be prompted to install it if it isn't already on the system.


You are strongly encouraged to upgrade to My Family Tree 7.3 at the earliest opportunity.  The new version is available now ...

Published 08 Jul 2017 18:00 GMT

My Family Tree 7.2 now available

Today we are excited to announce the release of My Family Tree 7.2 available now from the latest updates page.

This release contains several new features and improvements in the following areas:

  • Accessibility
  • Windows Store availability

You can see a more detailed set of changes in the latest version history.

Accessibility

In this release, colour filters have been added to the application.  Colour filters are designed to make it easier for people with colour vision deficiency to differentiate between colours such as red and green, or make it easier for people with light sensitivity to use the application.  Colour filters can be configured in Options>Themes.

Colour filters

Colour tones

Colour tones allow users to emulate placing a coloured overlay on the screen.  This may be useful for dyslexic users or those who experience visual stress.

Colour tone filter

Colour vision deficiency filters

Colour filters can help users with colour vision deficiency to differentiate between colours.  In the following sequence of images, the first panel shows an original unfiltered image which contains red and green colors.  A user with protanopia (red-green color vision deficiency) might struggle to differentiate between the red and green parts of the image.  The second panel shows a simulation of how this image would look to someone one with protanopia.  The third panel shows the original image with the protanopia filter applied.  The red colours in the image have been shifted to a region of the spectrum which a user with protanopia will perceive as different from green.  The fourth shows a simulation of how the filtered image would look to someone with protanopia.  Note that it is now possible to distinguish between the red leaves and the green grass in the image.

Colour vision deficiency filters
Windows Store availability

My Family Tree is now available on Windows 10 in the Windows Store.  The Windows Store app simplifies the installation and update process.

Get it from Microsoft
Upgrading from earlier versions

My Family Tree 7.2 is a highly compatible upgrade from earlier versions of the application and is supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista (SP1 or later)
  • Windows XP (SP3 only)

My Family Tree depends on the latest version of the Microsoft® .NET Framework available for your operating system.  When you start My Family Tree, you will be prompted to install it if it isn't already on the system.


You are strongly encouraged to upgrade to My Family Tree 7.2 at the earliest opportunity.  The new version is available now ...

Published 08 Jul 2017 18:00 GMT

My Family Tree 7.1 now available

Today we are excited to announce the release of My Family Tree 7.1 available now from the latest updates page.

This release contains several new features and improvements in the following areas:

  • Translations
  • Direct import for FHS, and FTW TEXT files
  • Calendar support
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes

You can see a more detailed set of changes in the latest version history.

Translations

My Family Tree has partial translations The Language Iconfor 24 non-English user interface languages, all of which have been contributed by users of the software.  This release introduces Greek language support and full translations for French, Galician, and Polish.  Many translations only require a very small amount of work to make them complete.  If you can help, please read our translation guide and download the translation toolkit to contribute.

Direct import for FHS, and FTW TEXT files

You can now import files created by Family History System, and FTW TEXT files created by Family Tree Maker for Windows.

Calendars

The Coptic, Egyptian, Ethiopic, Armenian, and Icelandic calendars are now supported.

Calendars
Upgrading from earlier versions

My Family Tree 7.1 is a highly compatible upgrade from earlier versions of the application and is supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista (SP1 or later)
  • Windows XP (SP3 only)

My Family Tree depends on the latest version of the Microsoft® .NET Framework available for your operating system.  When you start My Family Tree, you will be prompted to install it if it isn't already on the system.


You are strongly encouraged to upgrade to My Family Tree 7.1 at the earliest opportunity.  The new version is available now ...

Published 30 May 2017 18:00 GMT

My Family Tree 7 now available

Today we are excited to announce the release of My Family Tree 7 available now from the latest updates page.

This release contains several new features and improvements in the following areas:

  • Direct import for Personal Ancestral File files
  • Importing older GEDCOM files
  • Reporting
  • Name formatting
  • Windows 10 Creators Update and .NET 4.7
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes

You can see a more detailed set of changes in the latest version history.

Direct import for Personal Ancestral File filesPAF file icon

You can now import files created by Personal Ancestral File.  Whilst many users will never need this function, it's surprising just how many requests we receive from people asking for help with importing files stored on floppy disks using older software which no longer runs on modern operating systems.

Importing older GEDCOM filesGEDCOM file icon

My Family Tree can import GEDCOM 1.0 files produced by Family History System and GEDCOM files produced by any version of Personal Ancestral File.  Support for importing multivolume GEDCOM files has also been included.  This significantly extends the range of GEDCOM files which can be imported.

Reporting

The reporting screen has been redesigned to make finding and generating reports more straightforward.  Reports are now organised in to clearer categories which can be searched.  Available options are clearly accessible, along with tools to save, batch save, and print reports.

Report options
Name formatting

Names in lists are now displayed surname first to improve usability.  Improvements have also been made to the way lists of names are sorted.  With the name formatting options introduced in version 6, and the newer ones introduced with version 7, you can now fully customise the display and sorting of names in the application should you wish to change the new defaults.

Names customisation options

Windows 10 Creators Update and .NET 4.7

My Family Tree 7 brings full support for the Windows 10 Creators Update and .NET 4.7.  My Family Tree makes full use of recent improvements to Windows 10 which mean that the entire application is now fully DPI aware on the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Upgrading from earlier versions

My Family Tree 7 is a highly compatible upgrade from earlier versions of the application and is supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista (SP1 or later)
  • Windows XP (SP3 only)

My Family Tree depends on the latest version of the Microsoft® .NET Framework available for your operating system.  When you start My Family Tree, you will be prompted to install it if it isn't already on the system.


You are strongly encouraged to upgrade to My Family Tree 7 at the earliest opportunity.  The new version is available now ...

Published 15 Apr 2017 18:00 GMT

GEDCOM Validator 6 now available

The latest version of GEDCOM Validator is now available.

Here's a summary of main new features and enhancements:

  • Added support for .NET 4.7 and Windows 10 Creators Update.
  • Improved detection of older GEDCOM files.
  • Improvements to high DPI support.

Download here ...

Published 15 Apr 2017 18:00 GMT

 

My Family Tree 6 now available

Today we are excited to announce the release of My Family Tree 6.

This release contains several commonly requested new features in the following areas:

  • Name formatting
  • Calendars and dates
  • Save a copy
  • Privacy
  • GEDCOM
  • Filtering and searching

You can see more detailed set of changes in the latest version history.

Download now

You can download My Family Tree 6 now from the latest updates page.

Name formatting

You can now customise the display of names throughout the application, both at application level and individual name level.  You can choose from a list of common name formats or specify your own.
Name formatting

Calendars and dates

You can now enter dates in one of 6 calendars (Gregorian, Julian, Hebrew, French Republican, Persian (solar Hijri) and Islamic (lunar Hijri).  Before common era dates are now supported in all parts of the application including the charts, statistics and reporting.  Date pickers have been refined to allow easier input of year only dates.  You can choose to display dates in their input calendar or display all dates in the same calendar application wide.
Date input

Save a copy

Creating copies of parts of your family tree is now simpler.  You can now choose which individuals to include in copies from a filterable list and use short cuts to include relatives, descendants and ancestors or exclude a person from the copy.
Choosing who to include

Privacy

Privacy options have been further enhanced to make it easier to exclude living people and any other private information from all types of report, print out or copy of your family tree data.
Privacy options

GEDCOM

Almost all GEDCOM 5.5/5.5.1/5.6 tags are now supported by My Family Tree and you can enable the GEDCOM import log to show any information which cannot be imported. GEDCOM Export now supports extra options for privacy and choosing who to include in the file.
GEDCOM Import Log

Filtering and searching

Filtering and searching now supports fuzzy matching including matching by similar spellings and similar sounds.  You can also ignore case, diacritics, symbols and kana type.
Filter and search options


The new version is available now ...

Published 20 Aug 2016 18:00 GMT

GEDCOM Validator 5 now available

The latest version of GEDCOM Validator is now available.

Here's a summary of main new features and enhancements:

  • Added detection of record sizes exceeding 32768 bytes.
  • Added detection of inconsistent line terminators.
  • Added detection of free-form only addresses.
  • Added extra validation of structured and free-form addresses.
  • Added multicolumn sort to result lists.
  • Added option to hide large numbers of duplicate compatibility issues.
  • Added display of parent record for detected compatibility issues.
  • Added option to enable / disable all validation options of the same type simultaneously.
  • Updated the encoding fixer tool to handle GEDCOM 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 files.
  • Updated length validation to use code units rather than characters.
  • Improved work flow with new 'go to error', 'go to parent record', and 'open file in text editor' shortcuts with command line support for your preferred text editor.

Download here ...

Published 02 May 2016 00:00 GMT

 

My Family Tree 5 now available

After several months of development, we are pleased to announce that the next major release of My Family Tree is now available for download.

In this release, we have focused on developing smarter ways to present and edit information.  Facts, places, relationship and citation views have all been redesigned to enable seamless viewing and editing experiences.  Speed and performance have been significantly enhanced.  This release is also adds official support for Windows 10.

Main chart Map viewer Multimedia viewer Story editor Data grid

Here's a summary of main new features:

  • A new relationships view allows you to edit the members of family groups and make alterations to linked facts and people all in one place.
  • Shared events such as marriages and divorces can now be added and updated from the facts view.
  • Photos, attachments and videos have been merged into comprehensive multimedia view with improved support for tagging files.
  • Multimedia can now be tagged to citations, facts and sources.
  • You can now add a variety of witnesses to events.
  • You can now edit all instances of the same citation collectively.
  • You can now print multipage charts to a single pdf file.
  • Merge has been redesigned to allow you to confirm or reject possible item matches.
  • There are new options to save a copy of your family tree to a new file.
  • A new kinship report enables you to see how every other person in your tree is related to a chosen person.
  • Advanced users can now add custom ids to people.
  • The charts can now be navigated using a mini map viewer.
  • The user interface has been refined to support higher resolution icons on ultra high definition 4K displays.
  • Find and replace has been updated to give clearer results and the options to filter out different types of data.
  • Spell check has been updated to provide options to exclude certain types of text such as proper nouns and original text fields which would not normally require spell checking.

The new version is available now ...

Published 10 Nov 2015 00:00 GMT

 

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