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Kimberly Powell

Have a Mac? What's Your Favorite Genealogy-Related Productivity Tool?

By December 28, 2010

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I learned enough from all of your great suggestions over the past two weeks to finally tip me over the edge, and I'm now the proud owner of a shiny new MacBook Pro. The Parallels desktop was by far the favorite of all commenters for running Windows applications on a Mac so I plan to give that one a try this week so I can continue using my favorite genealogy software (although I am excited to also give some of the great Mac family tree programs a try). And I also found a neat new writing/organization tool for Mac called Scrivener (soon to be out for Windows) that seems to be very close to what I need to help me better write my client and personal research reports "as I go." I'm using Scrivener to organize and write up some research right now and hope to share more in the future about how useful it can be.

I'm still running Windows on my desktop so I really have the best of both worlds, but love my new Mac. Other than genealogy software (I'm going to try them all out), do you have any other suggestions for great Mac productivity tools or applications that I should try?

December 29, 2010 at 1:24 am
(1) Shelley Bishop says:

Welcome to the Mac family! That’s so exciting! Besides iPhoto, iTunes, and iCal, here’s what I use most: iDocument (to organize scans, records, transcriptions, reports, etc. in surname folders, with individual files within the folders); Evernote (to organize clips from blogs and forums, etc.); Print Shop 2 (to make flyers, cards, printable calendars, and other creative things); and Billings (to keep track of time spent per client or project). For genealogy I use Reunion, and for word processing I use Microsoft Word 2008.

The other thing I’d recommend is a portable hard drive formatted especially for Mac (I use an Iomega eGo 320). It works with Time Machine to back up your entire system with virtually no effort on your part.

I haven’t tried Scrivener yet, but it sounds interesting–I’ll have to check it out. Enjoy your new MacBook Pro!

December 29, 2010 at 3:10 am
(2) Ross Wheeldon says:

Hi. I use MacFamily Tree it seems to be the most modern of all the genealogy tools. For word processing etc I use the iWorks suite,I find this easier to use although not as powerful as MS Office. Scrivener is excellent and when I have the money I will purchase. I also use the iLife suite to organise my photos etc. As you are running Windows you will also require an antivirus that covers both the Mac side and the Windows side although I have stuck with just Mac so currently have no need. I would recommend looking at a few reviews for the best one.

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