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Re: Which Software is Best?
Posted by: Ed Dornfeld Date: May 11, 1999 at 12:31:49
In Reply to: Which Software is Best? by Paul Profitt of 4828

Although PAF is the daddy of them all, and quite full-featured, their unwillingness to convert to Windows format soured me on the program years ago.

Most of the programs I've seen recently differ mainly in the number and variety of glitzy charts they produce, rather than basic data functions. There are new programs all the time, and it is hard to keep up.

I have settled on Family Origins (now version 7.0). It is incredibly easy to use (I've never read the manual) and I have hundreds of names in several separate databases. I can write a book on any individual or any fact about any individual. I can edit most anything, and get the program to do the updating. Photos are easy to add and edit. It does internet stuff. It supports LDS data if that is important to you. I have imported GEDCOM files from several programs, including PAF. Charts print nicely, with and without pictures. Check other comments in these forums - I just read several who claim it is much better than Family Tree Maker. It just doesn't have as many special shape and exotically colored charts.

And it's cheap, at only $29, downloadable from Parsons Technology (

For techies, it is based on the Borland (now Corel?) Paradox database engine. Files are Paradox format.

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