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Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Posted: 13 Dec 2008 5:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
What would the best Mac software to use coming from Legacy 7.0. The main things I like about Legacy revolve around its sourcing capabilities. First is the Source Writer. The source templates make adding new sources a snap. Next is the Event Clipboard. You can copy events so that they can be pasted to another person, source and all. Then there is the Source Clipboard. You enter information from a source, cite a source and then add specific details pertaining to that event. You can copy that source citation and all its details to a clipboard to be used for another person. It's more than just using the same source, it's using the same details. Do any of the Mac software products offer these features? I've read the reviews on MacGenealogist and have not seen these features mentioned.

Has anyone gone from Legacy 7.0 to a Mac product? If so which one and what have been your experiences?

Re: Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Posted: 14 Dec 2008 9:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Lisa. If you really like Legacy then you should be able to run it on a Mac using a virtual Windows application. I have V Box ( http://www.virtualbox.org ) installed on my Mac and run several Windows applications without any problem at all.

If you are looking for something more advanced than Legacy, I think Family Historian is brilliant ( http://www.family-historian.co.uk ) but don't take my word for it - it has just won Your Family Tree magazine's "Family History Software of the Year" award for 2008. It is a 'Which? Computing' Best Buy, 'Windows XP Official Magazine' Editor's Choice, 'Computeractive' Magazine's 'Buy It!' award and 'Personal Computer World' magazine 'Recommended' It runs trouble free on my Mac via V Box and has an active user group ( http://www.fhug.org.uk/cgi-bin/index.cgi ) and a Rootsweb Mailing List http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/other/Software/FAMI...

Barry

Re: Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Posted: 30 Jan 2009 7:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear Barry,

I download the program but when i download Legacy it does not work. Do you know what i am doing wrong?

Tnx for your help.

Jose

Re: Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Posted: 30 Jan 2009 9:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Jose. When you say it does not work, do you mean VBox or Legacy? Neither do I know which version of Mac you are using or how far up the Mac learning curve you are. Assuming it is Leopard and at risk of teaching you to suck eggs, and assuming you have installed VBox then you should have a VBox icon in your Dock (single click to open), otherwise locate it in your Finder/Applications folder (double click to open). Open V Box and put your Windows disc into the CD drive and install Windows XP into V Box. It does not matter what version of Windows XP you use or its security updates provided you are not going to access the internet via V Box. Once you have Windows installed correctly, the next time you open V Box, click on the 'Start' button in the top tool bar and a normal Windows desktop should open. From then on your Mac will behave just like a Windows machine into which you can load applications, open files on the Mac etc etc. Follow these steps and if you get stuck, e-mail telling me exactly how far you got and exactly what the screen is showing and I will try to help - but beware, I am only a recent convert to mac myself so still learning. Regards, Barry

Re: Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Posted: 30 Aug 2009 5:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have never used Legacy but it sounds like you are asking for something that I use all the time with Reunion.

If you need to enter a source, there is a standard "fill in these boxes" format. You can add or subtract any of the boxes you desire to change, using the variety they give you...or one you make up. And, if the boxes just don't work for the situation, there is a "Free Form" mode that you can choose. Then you type it up as tho working on a blank piece of paper.

The equivalent of "Event Clipboard" sounds like something I do all the time also. For example, if my main source for the local paper is Aurora Beacon News, I put that in from the formatted section as in above. Then, in the memo section, I put the date of the issue, any identifying info such as "Marriage Announcement", and the page number such as "Page 14". Then you highlight that entire line, "Copy" it, and go to the next place you want that same citation. Click where you want it (the next empty source line), and "Paste" it in with a "command-v" stroke.

If you should come upon one place where you just want it to say Aurora Beacon News without the same additions in the memo box, click "command-r" and it will be there.

It seems to go well and easily, but, as I said, I have not used Legacy to see whether it is better, worse, or about the same in ease. Kristy

Re: Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Posted: 12 Nov 2009 2:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
I too use Legacy 7.0
My concern is if I switch to Family Historian or Reunion, will my sources go as well, or am I going to have to start all over for 13,000 names.

Thanks for any imput,

Kathy

Re: Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Posted: 13 Nov 2009 11:48AM GMT
Classification: Query
The best place to ask that question is either Family Historian User Group http://www.fhug.org.uk/cgi-bin/index.cgi or the Rootsweb mailing List for Family Historian http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/other/Software/FAMI... I am sure you will find people with experience of moving from other software.

Barry 1936

Re: Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 7:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
I share your concern. Wish Legacy would write software for a Mac....I would switch immediately!

Re: Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 2:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Lisa,
I switched from Legacy 7 to Reunion when I switched to an iMac. Reunion is written for Mac by a Mac user, it is highly rated as a program and from what I read it compares favourably with Legacy, FTTM & others.
As for doing what you ask I am not sure as I am not all that familiar with it at this time, as I do most of my history work on Ancestry.com.

I had no problems with gedcomming all my info from Legacy to Reunion. Being built for the mac means it runs seemlessly with everything else.

I suggest you look at the website and check it out. It is rated as the top genealogy program for macs at this time, followed closely by mac family tree.

To go virtual and install Legacy on your mac, easy using mac "Boot Camp"but means you have to obtain and install a Windows OS, along with all the security stuff that goes with having a windows system. Lots do it but one of my reasons for switching to mac was to get away from all that.

Check them out at Reunion. One thing seems certain in that no program will give you everything as they do things differently so it comes down to what you can live with.

Hope this helps.

Re: Switching from Legacy 7.0 - Which Mac Software to Choose

Posted: 26 Dec 2010 5:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
I purchased reunion...nice program however doesn't have all the capabilities of legacy; I looked familytree- didn't care for it either- I purchased parallels a program for working on a mac and windows without having to shut down. A little slower than on a pc- but otherwise works just fine. I decided to stay with Legacy.

Kathy
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