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Testimonials

Here's what some of our users had to say about iFamily for Mac. Note that some of the testimonials refer to iFamily for Tiger, Leopard and Lion which are previous versions of the same software.

iFamily for Leopard is an excellent genealogy program developed by Keith Wilson in Australia. As Keith wrote on the program's web site, the program "is a family tree program with a difference because Apple users think differently". Unlike most other Macintosh genealogy programs, iFamily for Leopard focuses on individuals, not couples. It also displays the entire extended family of that individual, including all spouses as well as all children, step-children, and adopted children, all displayed on the same screen.

iFamily for Leopard is a graphics-oriented program, unlike the data-entry mode of operation of many other programs.

Dick Eastman
Eastman's Online Genealogy
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One of my favorites is iFamily for Tiger.
Nancianne Parkes Suber
The Clarion-Ledger

 

iFamily for Tiger 2.2 provides a simple interface to create and edit your family data, includes great search tools, and integrates well with iPhoto.
MacWorld(US) Reviews
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There's a new bloom on the old Apple tree that promises to be the sweetest yet for researchers. Mac users have long envied the excellent genealogy programs for PCs and have more or less been resigned to using the far more basic offerings... Now, iFamily for Tiger is a genealogy program for Mac users that is not only easy to operate but offers an innovative approach to mapping the family tree.

Designed to focus more on individuals than family groups, this software makes it easy to graph relationships of people with more than two parents or more than one spouse. Parent/child relationships may also be shown as natural, step, adopted or foster, which often has been awkward with other software programs.

As you would expect of a Mac program, image handling is superb with nearly 50 formats and its own photo cropping/editing function. Navigation within iFamily for Tiger is simple and fast and the powerful search field searches by name, ID, title, birth place or date, cause of death, notes, comments or more. Reviews of its Gedcom import and export features have been glowing.

Nancianne Parkes Suber
The Clarion-Ledger

 

Selecting software for storage of research data is very personal. It is not just about the features, but it is how the user interacts with the program that is important. A genealogist's researching style, whether 'visual' or 'text' focussed, is key in determining whether the selected software is a good 'fit'. Keith Wilson and his team at iFamily for Tiger, from down under, got it right side up to satisfy these concerns.

I dove in without reading any documentation. Users learn much by this method. Right from the start, I liked the feel of iFamily for Tiger. Its focus on each individual person, rather than on a family unit, is what makes this software simple to use, intuitive, yet powerful.

Guy Lafontaine
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Designed to take advantage of “the latest Apple Mac technology,” this new program lets you view and sort your family tree data according to your needs. It’s easy to get started with iFamily: Creating a new family tree is done with two clicks, and adding spouses, parents and children is a snap.

Loading a GEDCOM takes only a minute or two. Overall, iFamily’s slick interface and ease of use make it a great new choice for Mac users.

Allison Stacy
Family Tree Magazine
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I just wanted to drop a note to say thank you for iFamily. I use mine all the time, and I really, really appreciate the focus on the individual and all of the features. It's the best application I bought for my Mac!
Patrick
     
I like iFamily. The website says that it is designed for screens at least 17 inches. However, I have a laptop with a 14 inch screen, and it looks fine.

I like that I can see several generations on my screen at once, and to move to a new person, I just need to double click on their name. You'll notice if you enlarge the image above that at the top of the screen in the right is a switch for 'Levels' set to 3. That's the number of ancestor generations. It can be increased, but on my screen it gets rather tiny with anything higher than the default '3'. (So, yeah, a 17 inch screen might be nice. But 3 generations is great.)

You may also notice the colors and fonts for the interface are easily adjustable from the default view. If you click on the tabs you see at the bottom of the screen, you get different information in the bottom half of the screen.

It is extremely intuitive and easy to navigate.

John Newmark, St. Louis, MO
Genealogy and Family History Research
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While checking program updates at Version Tracker I noticed your program 'iFamily for Leopard' and noted that it was another genealogical program and even though I already own a couple of others I thought I would check it out. Am I glad I did.

It is simply superb and I purchased it a couple of hours after testing it on my computer.

My purpose in writing is actually to record my sincere appreciation for such a wonderful program and also for making it available at a most reasonable price. While the documentation is a little light - amplification is hardly necessary as iFamily is so intuitive. You have done an extremely great job and I am enjoying it very much. It is so colourful and attractive and it is now the program of choice for my family tree.

     
I'm very much a novice at genealogy and have never used any other program. But, by golly, your program does everything I've found I desired so far.
Dennis

 

iFamily for Tiger, Leopard, or Snow Leopard, this cat just purrs!
Patrick
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I just wanted to send you a quick note to tell you how pleased I am with your iFamily genealogical program that I purchased several weeks ago. It has many more features than I could ever have expected. My data from my old GENE program transferred beautifully.

Your program has renewed my interest in our family history and provides me with so many different functions that allow me to add information I hadn't even thought about before. I know there are more expensive programs available, both for MACs and PCs, but I can't imagine how they could be better. One of the great features is that it works so seamlessly in the MAC environment and integrates so well with other MAC programs.

iFamily is an exception value at a very modest price. I am so glad that I found. Thank you for your fine work.

William

 

I have been my family genealogist for nearly 10 years. Over that time I have experimented with every genealogy application to come out for the Mac platform, even some command line apps ported from Unix, and have been sorely disappointed.

Then I found your product quite by accident. I had become very cynical about genealogy applications for the Mac until I downloaded and tested your iFamily for Tiger program yesterday. I have to say... I'm seriously blown away.

My gedcom database has over 30,000 names with many hundreds of images, census records, sources, notes, etc. Your program has so far handled them without incident, importing the whole database in under 15 minutes, and keeping all notes intact. I have had to reimport the images, but the drag and drop functionality has made all the difference. No other genealogy app has allowed me to manage images with such ease. iFamily is fast, clean, intuitive, and really nice to look at too.

I just wanted to drop a line and say thanks. I purchased the product after working with it for an hour. I wish you luck in your continued efforts to develop the program for Leopard. I'm already anxiously wondering what spiffy new features there might be to play with. BUT... it's about ease of use rather than fancy bells and whistles... and on that... you guys win the prize!

Ky
     
I downloaded iFamily this evening and was immediately creating my family database. Everything works like a damn.

It makes something that is actually quite complicated VERY SIMPLE. I've tried to use some of the online geneology systems. They are cumbersome. But with iFamily, I can fly! It is really good!!

Morley

 

Just wanted to say thanks for a great piece of software. I tried out a lot of different apps for keeping track of the family tree, and yours was by far the best I saw. Looking forward to getting to know it better.
David
     
What an outstanding product you have created! ...I have been trying the demo versions of all of the other mac genealogy programs, and yours was the only one that had the "aha!" reaction from the very first time I opened it. That doesn't just happen--it took a lot of hard work from you.

Thanks for making this program. What finally sold me on your product was when I pored through the forum entries on your web site. You respond to customer's questions, problems, and observations quite quickly, and with detailed, honest answers (and not some glib, standard "we are working on it" replies). This is a good thing because it tells me that you care about your product a great deal. It also says you're a person who wants to be helpful--another very good thing.

and 20 minutes later

You may certainly quote me on your testimonial page. As to needing assistance with importing an existing GEDCOM file, thanks, but mine is relatively small (111 individuals) with lots of crib notes and little organization. This is why your program really gets me enthused--it's letting me easily associate scanned documents, photos, etc with the right person and the right event. Heh...listen to me, I'm writing another testimonial. :-)

Jim

 

I don't know if you are getting rich, but I sure hope you are. Even though I am still investigating its amazing range of capabilities, it has exceeded all expectations as experienced on any Windows based genealogy programme I have used to date.

Your programme is so logical and intuitive and so quick to enter. And as for importing, I have successfully brought across 4 separate (and large) files from my PC and to have achieved that without error is no mean feat when I compare to past GEDCOM experiences whilst within the Windows environment.

...something good has come out of Oz... ;-)

Gail (from NZ)
     
People index is fantastic. That is a great help as sometimes with a lot of people you are looking for a person but can't quite remember the name.
Lesley

 

I absolutely love using ifamily. It is a brilliant program.
Marilyn
     
Just switched from Windows to MAC and looking forward to using your software, I have a large family file over 75,000 names and the program did an excellent job transferring the information via gedcom.

A very impressive program.

DR

 

Thanks Keith, I appreciate the service. Your software is really fantastic. Even a novice like me can figure it out.
David
     
Thank you Keith. The quality of your programme is only equalled by your attitude to its users.
Brian

 

Congratulations on the Google map feature. I have played around with these maps a fair bit in tracking GPS data from my motorcycle trips etc and do enjoy them.
Chris
     
FANTASTIC! This Google Map interface is great. I have lots of ideas of how this can be exploited.
Al

 

iFamily is addictive - it should come with a disclaimer from the surgeon general!!
Tom
     
My PC using sister is jealous of how pretty iFamily is, and how clear the family relationships are! Thanks for a program that makes genealogy fun.
Cathy

 

Oh God, now I have to go out and buy a Mac !!
Steve
     
Just wanted to say thanks for a great piece of software. I tried out a lot of different apps for keeping track of the family tree, and yours was by far the best I saw. Looking forward to getting to know it better.
David

 

Keith--most gracious and generous man--has worked with me for several weeks as I learned to use the successive versions of his program. He is responsive to suggestions, and is truly looking for improvements to add. (He offered to make it raise my ancestors from the dead, but I thought it best to decline!)
Jack
     
I just wanted to send a quick note of appreciation for the work you've done on iFamily. The program is very easy to use and very mac-like. Excellent job.
Mark

 

None of the above testimonials was solicited. Some have been removed from their original context and some may have been edited for clarity.