- My link to the LDS Tech Forum Question & Answer site where they
discuss the future of PAF did not work. I have copied the Question
and answer from the site and pasted it below.
Can you give an indication of when we might expect to see a new
release of Personal Ancestral File and whether there are any plans to
include Mac OS support?
Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is expected to be a viable product for
the desktop genealogy market for many years to come. It is
anticipated that many software developers will create upgrades and
products that read and write to the new FamilySearch using the PAF
Add-in software development kit (SDK) and the FamilySearch
application programming interface (API) provided by the Church. There
are currently no plans for the Church to release a new version of PAF
or for the new FamilySearch online Web site to be able to import PAF
The Church is working on a new FamilySearch API that will be released
in conjunction with the FamilySearch Affiliate Program. The
FamilySearch API will also make it possible for software developers
to read and write data in the new FamilySearch application using Web
services. The FamilySearch API will make it possible to develop new
FamilySearch-compatible products that run on Microsoft Windows, Apple
Macintosh, Linux, and other platforms.
FamilySearch Open-Source Desktop
In the future the Church will announce the opening of a FamilySearch
desktop project in order to work with "open source" developers on a
desktop application that can read and write data in the new
FamilySearch application using the FamilySearch API. This project
will have a code base that can be portable for Microsoft Windows,
Apple Macintosh, and Linux.
FamilySearch Affiliate Program
The Church is working toward a launch of the FamilySearch Affiliate
Program. This program will accept applications from companies and
developers who want to become FamilySearch affiliates. FamilySearch
affiliate applicants may qualify for marketing and development
support for new or upgraded applications that are to be made
compatible with the new FamilySearch application.