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C'est I'amour! Mac users will fall in love with the newest version of Heredis genealogy software.
Despite the United States and France's recent foreign-policy differences, you have to admit the French have a certain, well, panache. Look what they've done for wine, goose liver, perfume — and now, genealogy software. Heredis Mac X.2, the latest English-language version of the best-selling French program, is a full-featured, snazzy-looking family tree program.

Getting started is a snap. It cleanly — if v-e-r-y s-1-o-w-l-y — imports GEDCOM files, or start from scratch using the cute icons for spouse (two doll figures united by a heart), children, mother and father. Data-entry aids suggest surnames and places you've already entered, saving typing and misspellings. Adding events and sources is equally straightforward, and the Mac-friendly interface makes selecting a source from existing lists quick and intuitive. The ability to rate each source's Surety Level from marginal to convincing is a nice touch.

Heredis' view switches between Immediate Family, a handy snapshot of who's who; Personal Data, where you enter events; and Union Data, where you manage marriages. Clicking a pedigree-chart icon brings up a separate window (not the slickest solution) showing a family tree headed by your current person; clicking another individual in the tree returns to the main window, with that person's information open.

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