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# Monday, July 09, 2007
Converting Your Genealogy Files From PC to Mac
Posted by Diane

Q I’ve used Family Tree Maker software for several years on my PC. Now I’m switching over to a Mac. What software can I get that will let my data transfer to the new computer without having to buy new software and re-enter everything?

A Since Family Tree Maker software doesn't come in a Mac-compatible version, you'll need to either download software that lets you run Windows programs on a Mac, or you can get Mac-compatible software.

If your Mac runs on the OSX Tiger operating system, you can download a beta program called Boot Camp 1.3 that lets you install and run Windows alongside OSX Tiger. Then you can install and use Family Tree Maker on your Mac. (Macs with the soon-to-be-released OSX Leopard will come with Boot Camp.)

In that case, you can avoid retyping everything by using the Family Tree Maker on your PC to backup your family file, then installing that version of the program on your Mac and restoring the backup file. Follow the instructions in Family Tree Maker’s Help Center to do this.

If you want to buy new, Mac-compatible genealogy software, learn about your options at MacGenealogy. You still won’t have to retype everything. Transfer your data by exporting a GEDCOM from Family Tree Maker and importing it into the new program.

Family Tree Maker GEDCOMS don't save links to images and multimedia, though, so you'll have to re-link all those on your new computer. (A new version of Family Tree Maker comes out in August—maybe its owner, The Generations Network, will have pity on us and fix this.)

In either case, you might want to keep the old computer around until you can compare the two databases and make sure everything transferred correctly.


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Monday, July 09, 2007 5:08:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [4]
Thursday, July 12, 2007 11:56:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I have used a Macintosh computer for a very long time. And the BEST genealogy program for the Mac is Reunion by Leister. Their website is: http://www.leisterpro.com/ You can order the software online, find a list of who sells the program, download a demo, sign up for the helpful support forum called "ReunionTalk", and learn about the newest features of the program.
Gail
Thursday, July 12, 2007 11:58:04 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
My correct email address is: sang546@comcast.net
Gail
Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:48:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I run fammily tree maker 16 and FTM 2008 beta on my Mac Book Pro

NOT bootcamp (which is in beta and unsupported)
but on WinnXP sp2 on Parallels on Mac OS 10.4.10

I don't like any of the mac genealogy software I bought
screen shots in my blog archive http://mac-on-intel.blogspot.com/

http://mac-on-intel.blogspot.com/search?q=tree+maker

enjoy

Hugh W
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 7:24:16 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks for the tip!

You can get Parallels from http://www.parallels.com/en/products/desktop for $79.99 (Bootcamp is free), and a trial download is available.
Diane
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