Last week I did my usual weekly search in the App Store for any new genealogy apps for my iPhone or iPad. I came across a new app called MobileFamilyTree Pro by Synium Software, the same developers of Mac desktop application MacFamilyTree and the iPhone and iPad application MobileFamilyTree.
MobileFamilyTree Pro is a completely rewritten iOS application, much different than the mobile application MobileFamilyTree that has been in the App Store for the past couple of years.
Some of the new features include:
- Completely rewritten from scratch
- Can be used as a standalone app without MacFamilyTree or a Mac
- Full GEDCOM import & export
- To Do's
- Media Browser
- All charts and reports from MacFamilyTree are available in MobileFamilyTree Pro
- Print charts and reports directory from iOS device
- Email charts and reports
- Sync iPhone and iPad
- Flawlessly sync to MacFamilyTree on your Mac
- and many more...
With this app you no longer need to have a desktop application to create, manage and share your genealogy database with others.
MobileFamilyTree Pro is the first iOS application where you can create multiple databases directly on your iOS device and sync them with other iOS devices and your desktop MacFamilyTree application.
All the charts and reports you can create in MacFamilyTree are available in MobileFamilyTree Pro. Along with creating the charts and reports you can print them directly from your iOS device to email them in HTML or PDF format to others.
This last weekend I spent some time create a family database from scratch. Rather than importing a GEDCOM file into MobileFamilyTree Pro I wanted to add individuals, facts and media files into a new database to see how easy the app is to work with and to see how long it would take me to create a comprehensive database directly on my iPad.
The app is very simple and easy to use. If you have ever used the desktop version of MacFamilyTree, using this new app will be very easy for you to learn and use.
One of my favorite features of this app is the ability to wirelessly sync databases between the iPad, iPhone and desktop application. To me, this is very handy because I don't have to get out my USB cables, connect my devices, open up iTunes and mess with complicated instructions just to get my database from my computer onto my iPad. The process is very simple - just open up the sync screen on the app and view available devices and databases. Select which database and device you want to sync with and simply click sync. The syncing only takes a matter of seconds depending on the size of your database. If you include media files, syncing will take longer.
Just like the desktop application, one of my other favorite features of this app is the ability to create so many different types of charts and reports. I have found MacFamilyTree to have best and informational charts and reports than any other genealogy database software I have used. I really like the look and feel to the reports you are able to create. All the charts and reports available in the desktop application are also available in the mobile app.
Though I have not had a lot of time to find a lot of specifics with the app that I do not like, there are a few things I have found that I think could be improved.
- Adding media files to the database have to be added to each individual separately. There is no way of importing a batch of images at once and then assigning them to individuals in your tree.
- I have noticed that the display order of children on the Families screen is ordered in the sequence you added them to the database. I do not see any place to order the individuals by age or date of birth. (If there is a way to do this, I have not been able to find it)
- When adding a new location to an event, you can "search" for the location out of a list previously used. This is helpful when you have a lot of different locations in your database. However, when you hit "search" the cursor is still in the location field rather than going directly to the search box. There were many times I tried to search for a location, but I was actually typing in the wrong field. This is not a big deal, but would make it a lot easier rather than having to hit search, then click in the search box.
- When clicking the Places tab, it would be nice to have a button where you could view that place on a map. The Places tab lists all the events for that location and you can click on the events and go directly to the individual who's event that is for, but I think it would be fun to be able to view that particular location on a map. You can use the Map chart to view all the locations on a map, but I would like to see where a single location is. This function also only works if you use the location template in the app. When I enter in locations into my databases I do not use individual fields for each locality (city, county, state, etc.) I enter all the locations into one field.
Those are just a few things I found in the short time I had to play around with the app. As time goes on and I use it more, I will post more features that I think are great and those that could be improved or implemented into the app.
Overall, I believe Synium Software is sure ahead of the game when it comes to genealogy apps on the iPhone and iPad devices. You can also see more screenshots and more information on the app by visiting the MobileFamilyTree Pro page on Find My Ancestor as well as visiting the developer's website.
Download the app!