The following announcement was written by Aster Software:
Aster Software Releases FamViewer Version 2.0, Genealogy Software for iPhone and iPod Touch
LEXINGTON, KY, June 29, 2009 — Aster Software has announced the release of version 2.0 of its genealogy application, FamViewer. FamViewer allows genealogists to carry their genealogy databases with them on their iPhone and iPod Touch.
FamViewer imports standard GEDCOM files and displays them on the iPhone. GEDCOM files can be uploaded to FamViewer with a web browser on a desktop computer or downloaded to FamViewer from any web site or web server via WiFi. FamViewer will import the GEDCOM file and display its contents. Once a GEDCOM file is downloaded and imported you can view individuals, families, notes and sources. Navigate the family tree with a touch. You can carry your genealogy database with you wherever you bring your iPhone or iPod Touch.
New in version 2.0 is an ancestry chart that displays up to eight generations for anyone in the database. Tap on the name of anyone displayed in the chart and go to their family page.
An index by surname allows the user to find anyone in the database. A family view, resembling a family group sheet, displays three generations of a family: parents, children, and grandparents. Touch the parent’s names to view the details of their life events and personal attributes. Each event and attribute can have sources and notes, which are visible in another view.
All the FamViewer views work in portrait or landscape orientation so long names, places, dates or other data can be easily viewed.
FamViewer isn’t tied to any desktop genealogy software. Active genealogy researchers already own genealogy software that they run on their desktop, or laptop, computers. All modern genealogy software can export their genealogy databases in GEDCOM format. FamViewer will import GEDCOM files exported by today’s popular genealogy applications.
User comments about FamViewer from online reviews:
“A perfect solution. This genealogy app is exactly what I’ve been waiting for.”
“Great iPhone App. This is a great portable application that I have long awaited for my iPhone. I use Family Tree Maker and have successfully imported 80,000+ names. The customer support and responsiveness is awesome!”
“Love it, and with the latest update, you can see the actual pedigree chart, it’s great.”
“Outstanding software. Outstanding value. It was great having my entire TMG database (all 2700 people and nearly 2000 sources) with me on the last two business trips to Washington DC (the Archives and the DAR Library) and all on the iphone.”
Version 2.0 improvements:
- Added family tree view that allows viewing eight generations of a family tree.
- Added support to display long notes.
- Added ability to connect to FamViewer using Bonjour.
- Improvements to the networking code should provide better reliability on certain networks.
- Implement choosing the home family.
- Added progress bar that shows progress of importing a GEDCOM file.
- Plays a sound when the GEDCOM import is complete.
- Changed placeholder text on the family page view from ‘Grandfather’/’Grandmother’ to ‘None’ due to user feedback.
FamViewer can be purchased at the Apple appstore and is priced at US$14.99. To find out more about FamViewer visit the appstore with iTunes. FamViewer is listed under Productivity Applications and Genealogy. More information is also available at http://www.astersoftware.biz. View an overview movie showing FamViewer’s main features at http://www.astersoftware.biz/screencasts.html.
About Aster Software.
Aster Software is a small company specializing in products for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Macintosh. The company website is http://www.astersoftware.biz.