[MacUser] MaxPaf

Lisa B. Lee thegenequeen at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 20 11:56:00 EDT 2005

Interesting, very interesting.  I hope it's better
than the awful Reunion that we're stuck with.  Geez,

Thanks for sharing.

- L

--- VKN <vkn at afrigeneas.com> wrote:

> Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 04:29:38 -0400
> To: "vkn at afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas"
> <vkn at afrigeneas.com>
> Subject: MaxPaf
> MacPAF
> MacPAF is a "work in progress." Not yet complete,
> MacPAF will be a family
> history and genealogy program for Macintosh OS X.
> Best of all, MacPAF will
> be free of charge.
> MacPAF is intended to replace the aging Personal
> Ancestral File (PAF) for
> Macintosh, a genealogy program sold by the LDS
> church. Apparently the church
> is actively supporting the Windows version of
> Personal Ancestral File.
> However, the last Macintosh version was released in
> 1996. In computer years,
> a nine-year-old program is prehistoric. The last
> Macintosh version of PAF
> still runs in Classic mode on Mac OS X, but it is
> clearly showing its age.
> It also does not support any modern version of
> GEDCOM. Many OS X users also
> report difficulties with printing on the
> nine-year-old program.
> There are newer commercial genealogy programs that
> will run in native mode
> on Macintosh OS X. However, most of them are
> expensive. A few open source
> (free) projects are available, but they do not
> support the LDS features of
> TempleReady or LDS ordinance data. As such, many
> members of the LDS (Mormon)
> church cling to the nine-year-old program.
> Logan Allred, a senior in Computer Science at
> Brigham Young University (BYU)
> in Provo, Utah, has undertaken the task of creating
> a new replacement for
> the Macintosh version of Personal Ancestral File
> (PAF).  It runs natively on
> Mac OS X but maintains an interface similar to the
> Family Records section of
> the old program. Screen shots of the program in
> operation are available on
> Allred's web site. Allred promises that the new
> program will fully support
> the LDS-specific functions. He has named the new
> program "MacPAF."
> I am not sure that the MacPAF name will last since
> the nine-year-old
> Personal Ancestral File for Macintosh genealogy
> program was often referred
> to as "MacPAF." The use of the old nickname for a
> new program produced by
> someone else sure sounds confusing to me!
> As mentioned earlier, MacPAF is a "work in
> progress." That is, it is not yet
> complete. However, you can download and use the
> version that is available
> now. That makes you a member of the development
> support team, and the author
> would appreciate your feedback on the program
> throughout its development.
> For more information about this free Macintosh
> genealogy program that is
> under development, go to
> http://homepage.mac.com/logan/MacPAF. Logan Allred
> also maintains a blog page to list the latest
> development news at
> http://homepage.mac.com/logan/iblog/MacPAF/
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