Apple of Your Eye

By Diane Haddad Premium

Q. I happily made the switch to a Macintosh computer, but I’m holding onto my old PC because I haven’t found a suitable genealogy program to transfer all my Family Tree Maker files. I wish Family Tree Maker would create a version for Macs because I really enjoy the program. Can you suggest another program for Mac users?

A. Maybe the publisher of Family Tree Maker—which, by the way, isn’t affiliated with Family Tree Magazine—will read this and take the hint. Meanwhile, though, consider Leister Productions‘ Reunion, which Family Tree Magazine contributing editor/computer guru Rick Crume says is powerful and compares favorably to the best PC programs. It costs as little as $89.

Read our review of another Mac program, MacFamilyTree from OnlyMac Software, in the August 2005 Family Tree Magazine (on newsstands and our Web site June21). Heredis Mac X is a third option.

GEDitCOM is a Mac utility program?rather than full-featured family-history software?that lets you edit and view GEDCOM files (GEDCOM is the universal format for family tree files). It costs $49.99, but you can download a free version that doesn’t have editing capabilities.

To see screen shots, read or submit reviews and get other advice on being a Mac genealogist in a PC world, visit MacGenealogy.