Reunion, the Mac based family tree program is known to be one of the best, having been around for over 28 years.
Reunion users have been patient, having had a 5 year wait for this new version. During that time the family history landscape had changed dramatically, so this new version was needed to keep pace with current expectations and trends.
Reunion 10 has new features and extra-polished interface, including a redesign of the main entry window, which now has a Nav bar on the left and sidebar on the right. The sidebar is particularly welcome, and gives you access to a range of tools, from those linked to specific individuals like media and ages (a personal timeline) to system-wide settings like the place name and sources databases.
These new sections make it easy to drag and drop various elements between everything from events and places to individuals and families, making the task of tweaking and editing your tree that much easier. Navigating your tree is done through one of two views: the default Family View is more intuitive and useful for day-to-day use, providing access to the selected individual’s immediate relatives; Tree View offers pedigree or descendant views for a more traditional outline of your tree.
There are extra charting and report options – the new Obituary report in particular is well written, and a brand new mapping feature that taps into Bing and Google Maps to let you plot ancestors’ movements by assigning geocodes to existing place names.
For more on the new features in Reunion 10, click here.
The program still lets you store and display all of your family information: parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins etc. right back for generations. It allows you to enter names, dates, places, facts, plenty of notes, sources of information, photos, sounds, and videos.
Did you know that you can define your own fields in Reunion 10. It is very flexible. No matter what facets of your research are unique, Reunion will accommodate your needs. First, there are different types of fields (events, facts, notes, flags, and sources) and, within each type of field, you can define the fields that are unique to your research. (Of course, Reunion ships with lots of default fields, but it's nice to know that you won't be limited.).
Second, unlike some genealogy programs, the fields in Reunion can be independent for each person. For example, if you have military records for some of the people in your family file, you can use a "Military" field for those people - but the "Military" field doesn't have to appear for everybody.
Printing and Output
You can automatically create common genealogy reports, charts, and forms, as well as birthday calendars, mailing lists, questionnaires, indexes, and other lists. Reunion even creates slideshows, calculates relationships, ages, and statistics. Reunion allows your to create large, high-resolution, graphic charts allowing complete on-screen editing of boxes, lines, fonts, and colours. Wall charts are one of its specialties.
On the go
Reunion makes it easy to publish your family tree information -- even if you want to share it on the Web or carry it on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
Got an earlier Version, and wish to Upgrade?
If you already have a Reunion 9 or earlier and wish to upgrade, Leister Productions (the publishers of Reunion) are the only ones now selling the upgrades. Click here to go to their website.