Friday, September 26, 2008

FamilyInsight Beta Released

Ohana Software has just released the beta of FamilyInsight to everyone. Please note that not all of the features will be operable if you do not have access to New FamilySearch. This program is similar to the PAFInsight in the way it functions, but it has a new component that will allow the user to sync your database with New FamilySearch. This program is designed to work with your PAF file and program and New FamilySearch; it is not a stand alone program for genealogical research. FamilyInsight has improved upon the edit places to include the standard nomenclature that is utilized with New FamilySearch. I am excited to learn more about the program utilizing their tutorial that is provided within the program. Another great feature of the program is the "Guide Me" button which can be clicked at any time while you are working within the program that will provide you with step-by-step instructions regarding the screen that you are working within at the moment.

I started to work with the snyc option with New FamilySearch, but will need to complete the tutorials to fully grasp every nuance of the program. It appears on the surface to be very intuitive and very similar to PAF Insight with the exception of improved "Edit Places" tab where you will be able to coordinate your place names with those that are in New FamilySearch.

If you are interested in participating in the Beta of the program, click FamilyInsight. If you have a current PAFInsight license you only need to download the upgrade. If you have never purchased a PAFInsight license you will need to pay the minimal fee of $25.

Please remember that the product is still in beta format and as such, you will most likely come across some bugs with the program that will need to be worked out. Being as it is in Beta format, I would strongly encourage you to make a back up of your file and work on the backup file only during the beta phase of the program. If you are feeling adventurous and would like to get in on the ground floor of FamilyInsight, you will want to check this update. Have fun!

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