Heredis 6.1 Software Review
9/30/2009
France's Heredis creates très beaux charts, but has a few quirks.
The French are famous for high style, and that knack for color and design even shows through in their genealogy software. Heredis <www.myheredis.com>, a popular French program now available in an English-language version (6.1), excels at creating beautiful family tree charts.

In most ways, Heredis works about the same as other genealogy software. The program is PC-only, running on computers with Windows 95 or higher. It lets you record not only the details of an individual's birth and death, but also other events such as immigration, military service and residence, each with a date and place. Individual records can be linked to image files (scanned photographs or a census record, for example) or a video or sound file. You can create a nicely formatted HTML report to post on the Web, too.

Heredis' attractive charts are easily the program's best feature. The program creates well-designed family tree wall charts in pleasing color combinations. You can choose from several family tree formats, as well as fan style and family wheel ancestor charts. A nice touch in most reports is the inclusion of each individual's age at marriage and at death.