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Thursday, January 15, 2015

MyHeritage: Family Tree Builder Mac Extension

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: News this morning from our friends at MyHeritage. Please address all inquiries to

Family Tree Builder is now available for Mac! It's free to download, easy to use and includes all of the main features of the windows version. 

We are in the advanced stages of developing a native Mac version of the software, however in the meantime we've released this Mac version called Family Tree Builder Mac Extension, that looks the same as our Windows version, but does not require Windows or any additional setup or configuration when downloaded.

Once installed, the software will run directly on Mac computers. The minimum OS version supported is OS X. It uses a system for porting Windows software to Mac called CrossOver by CodeWeavers.

Family Tree Builder's main features run the same in Family Tree Builder Mac Extension, including Sync with MyHeritage, Smart Matches™, Record Matches, the consistency checker, charts, etc. However, there are several minor features not compatible with the Mac OS X that will be unavailable for Mac users. These are: maps, formatting in notes (e.g. bold, italics, etc.), book reports (though they can be created online), and display of right-to-left languages. Everything else works the same as on Windows and the file formats are the same so you can transport Family Tree Builder projects between Windows and Mac.

For more information, including Mac installation procedures, see the MyHeritage post: