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Personal Ancestry Writer II [Mac]
Personal Ancestry Writer II 69
By Jeffery Battersby
Pros: Capable of handling massive genealogies; exports reports in a variety of standard formats, including Adobe FrameMaker format; excellent documentation and support.
Cons: Limited support for Latter-day Saints ordinances; very basic user interface; no support for video or audio files.
Processor Compatibility: Universal
OS Compatibility: 10.2 (Jaguar), 10.3 (Panther), 10.4 (Tiger)
Price as rated: free
Company: Howard H. Metcalfe, www.lanopalera.net
Howard Metcalfe is open about why he developed Personal Ancestry Writer II: He wanted a genealogy program he could use to create books and articles based upon his extensive research into his own family. And while he felt there were already several good programs on the market, he thought they were all limited when it came to getting his information into print. Not surprisingly, from the print perspective, PAWriter II version 69 is a very capable program.
The PAWriter II database is capable of holding more than 2 billion individual entries, each of which can hold more than 2 billion characters of text (and up to 10 spouses/partners with up to 30 children each). In other words, itís unlikely that youíll ever push PAWriter II anywhere near its limits. While I couldnít personally test the 2 billion record claim, I found the program capable of handling over a thousand records without a hitch.
Personal Ancestry Writerís basic interface hides a powerful database thatís capable of storing nearly any amount of information you learn about your family.
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