19984Re: Family Tree Maker and MAC
- Dec 31, 2007Greetings and Happy Holidays to everyone,
This is a follow-up to a longer post I wrote on this subject. There is a
plethora of genealogy programs out there for use on any operating system
(OS) you may have. Some of them are either compiled for different systems (
e.g. Windows and MAC OS) or written in a platform independent fashion (e.g.
with Sun's Java which can run on any OS). A good place to check them out is
beginning with the software section on Cyndi's List (
There are two relative easy ways to run native Windows software on a MAC (if
it is a relatively new MAC based on the Intel processor) and both require
you to have or buy a legitimate license to Windows. This license generally
must be purchased separately because the one you got with your Windows-based
computer is usually tied to that motherboard and processor.
The first approach is dual-booting with a bootloader utility called Boot
Camp provided by Apple with the newest version of the MAC OS. With Boot
Camp you have both operating systems (OS) loaded on the MAC computer and you
can select at boot-up time whether you want to work with the MAC OS or with
Windows. With this setup, you are running one or the other and cannot
cut/paste information back and forth between them though you can generally
access files with both if they are stored in a central location.
The second option is to run Windows in a virtual machine alongside your MAC
OS. One way to do this is with a program called Parallels Desktop (last
advertisement I saw offered it for $79) which allows you to have both OSs
running simultaneously. I believe this would allow one to cut and paste
data back and forth between applications on the two desktops. The down side
of this approach is that the two operating systems are sharing the computers
resources at the same time and unless you have a fast processor with lots of
RAM and don't have a lot of applications running simultaneously, you will
likely see a performance degradation over running just one OS or the other.
I use Linux primarily as my operating system of choice but virtually all the
other family members use Windows so I needed a program that could run on
both if we were to share genealogy info and collaborate on the family tree
research. The program I chose is called Genj. Here is a short summary from
Cyndi's List followed by a link for those who may want to try it.
"GenealogyJ: Summary <http://genj.sourceforge.net/>
Genealogy and Family tree on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris.
GenealogyJ is a comprehensive application to manage genealogic data
(GEDCOM), suitable for hobbyist, family historian and genealogy researcher.
It offers family tree, table, timeline views and many more. GenJ is unique
not only as it supports the GEDCOM standard, but as it actually edits the
GEDCOM file directly. It is written in Java and is one of the only complete
genealogy applications working on Linux. GenJ is free software so it can be
redistributed and/or be modified under the terms of the GNU General Public
Licence as published by the Free Software Foundation."
You can read more and download GenJ here:
Hope this helps and best wishes for a happy New Year!
Paul in NW FL
PS... If anyone wants more info or wants to discuss more off-topic subjects
about computing and different operating systems including free operating
systems and software, feel free to email me back channel.
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