Wednesday, January 30, 2013

iMac for Genealogists: Ellen's view

Thank-you to Ellen who writes to explain some of what Mr. Myrt can expect when his HP laptop dies and he gets the iMac he is dreaming about.

"That was a fantastic Mondays with Myrt webinar this week.  I like the problem solving part.  I also enjoyed exploring the different websites. 

Regarding iMac.  For Mac genealogy software, I like the Reunion.  It has more features than some.  I’m using Parallels to run Legacy and have the Legacy database in Dropbox.  I can use either my Win 7 laptop or the IMAC to access my data.  

I like taking advantage of the stability of the Mac OS.  When you download the Parallels software, you can also download Windows operating system, too. With Parallels, you can use the Filefinder features to manage the files, and only need to install the Dropbox in the Mac OS.  I would suggest maxing the memory on the Mac to speed things up.  

I love my iMac.  I’ve had fewer problems with it than my Windows laptop.  I know Russ uses the Boot Camp to run Windows programs. 

Visit the website to learn more:
Oh, a good gift for Mr. Myrt would be AA batteries. The mouse uses 2 and the keyboard uses 3.  The batteries last longer than with my PC mouse.

I’m not a whiz with the IMAC but it is easy to learn.  If Mr. Myrt gets the intellimouse instead of the pad, he can modify the settings to allow for a right click.  Otherwise he would need to hold the control key down and click.

Keyboard shortcuts use the command key instead of ctrl.  For example, command plus the “P” brings up the print function.,

Mr Myrt may want to get a sample data base and try Mac Family Tree.  It is supposed to work with"

Thank-you DearELLEN for taking the time to share your experiences migrating from a Windows computer to a Mac. We all get by with a little help from our GeneaFriends.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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  1. I use MacFamilyTree and also Parallels (with Windows 8 installed) on my iMac. Just a side note - I bought MacFamilyTree years ago in part because of its compatibility with Unfortunately, I am not an LDS member and I don't have access. I wish I did. I also sync my MacFamilyTree trees on my iPad, which is handy. I can make edits on my iPad and sync them back to my iMac. I have the Magic Trackpad and it's wonderful. I'll never go back to a mouse again. And it can do all a mouse can, plus more. It will do a right click with a tap of two fingers (my choice to set it up that way).

  2. I missed this weeks webinar. :( But another good program to run Windows software on a Mac or Linux computer is Crossover.
    Using it you don't need to have a copy of Windows on your pc. Both Legacy and RootsMagic have a sliver rating in it, so they should run well. I haven't had any trouble with RM on my Linux laptop.

  3. I use MacFamilyTree and really like it. The reports generated are not as nice as FamilyTree Maker which is one of the Windows based programs I ran in the past. I hear their Mac program is awful so that wasn't an option. I am LDS and it is great being able to sync with nFS. I hear that eventually it will also work with FamilyTree (the newest "Church" database). MacFamilyTree is alot less expensive than Reunion. Personally when I made the break from Windows I chose not to run Boot Camp and the like. I love my iMac and have a MacBook for travel.