Family Tree Builder Mac

Family Tree Builder

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Family Tree Builder is a powerful app that let’s you organize your family tree research and discoveries within the shortest time possible. The Ability to render fullscreen charts allows you to turn your Mac or Macbook into a powerful visualization tool. You can create a family tree and copy or share it instantly by email giving you the flexibility to move it from your Mac to your PC or to other Mac Apps including Pages, Numbers & Keynote.

The in-built color picker gives you the flexibility to define the look and feel of your tree. This App is ideal for Personal use, School, Business, Presentation and other areas where data visualization is key.

Family Tree Builder is very easy to use, it utilizes the Parent->Child relationships to construct a Family tree within the shortest time possible(No Drawing Hassles, Family tree builder Automatically draws it for you). Simply enter an item and select the Parent and Family tree builder will Complete the Join.

-Easily take notes about your family research and discoveries.
-Easily share your family tree & profile with family and friends via email in PDF or PNG formats.
-Save your trees for future use or edits.
-Import CSV data
-Easily print your trees.
-Copy your charts and paste them in other Mac applications including Pages, Keynote & Numbers.
-Define the look and feel of your tree by easily customizing the colors for each item in the Family tree with the inbuilt color picker.
-Automatically expands canvas to fit long & wide trees.

System Requirements:
-Family Tree Builder Mac requires OS X 10.7 or higher

* Family Tree App is also available for iPhone & iPad

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Creating a Family Tree

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To create an Family Tree, type your Top Level element in Row 1 , then Type all the other items in the Family Tree from Row 3 down. For each item you type, Click the ‘SELECT’ button to set the Root, Marital Status, Join Style and  type any relevant notes. As you type and choose Roots for each of your members, Family Tree Builder will Automatically Join them. To load the sample data on the grid, click the ‘Sample Trees’ button.

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Choosing Roots

Selecting Roots

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To select a ‘Root’ for a member, click on the ‘SELECT’ button in each row to launch the root select popover. To choose a root click on the desired name from the member list.  Please note that you can ONLY type on the yellow cells, All white (Parent) cells can only be filled with the ‘SELECT’ button. Once the root is selected, the change is reflected instantly on the Family Tree.

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Setting Marital Status

Divorced or Remarried

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For Divorced or remarried couples, click on the “SELECT” button and choose the “Divorced or Remarried” option, then set the previous relationship as the root for this member. This relationship will be illustrated by a dotted line but can be changed to solid from the Line option.

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Taking Notes

Adding Notes


Taking notes about your family research and discoveries is easy, simply click on the “SELECT” button and enter your notes in the space provided. The font style that you select on the toolbar is the same font that will be applied to your note editor.  To zoom in, click on the zoom button on the top right corner to display an enlarged preview of the notes entered as shown in the screen below.


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Breaking leaf titles

Creating line breaks on titles

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To create a line break, simply type the opening parenthesis sign ‘(‘ where you wish to break the line. All text after the opening parenthesis ‘(‘  will be pushed to the next line. If the text gets hidden, consider changing the font or Leaf size.

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Formatting Leaves

Customize font & Leaves

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To  format Leaves,  Use the Leaf options available in the toolbar. You can change the font family, font size & Leaf size.

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Customizing Colors

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To Customize  colors, simply  click on the color picker icon next to the item you want to customize. If you wish to use a single color for all your Leaves, simply change the Style from Multi-Color to Single Color on the toolbar. Only the top level element color picker can be used when using the Single Color Style. To revert back, simply toggle between the two options. To customize the Leaf text color, join line, background & Chart Title, simply click on the color swatches on the toolbar.

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Exporting Trees

PDF, PNG & CSV Exports

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To Export your Family Tree in PDF or PNG format, Click on the Export icon in the toolbar. You can also use this option to Export your Family Tree Data in CSV format. This can also be achieved from the “File >Export Data” option. The export feature gives you the flexibility to export your data and make mass edits using any spreadsheet application and then re-import it back to the App. Starting version 1.4, CSV files can be exported and imported with root relationships, however we recommend that you be cautious when altering any root values in your CSV files as this may make the relationships overlap and halt the rendering process within the App.

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Saving Family Trees

Saving Your Family Tree

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Family Tree Builder  allows you to Save your family trees for future use or edits. To Save a tree  simply click on   File > Save.  To Save As, use the File>Save As Option

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Open Saved Files

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To open your saved Trees, click on the Fine > Open menu

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Copy Paste in other Apps

Moving Trees to other apps

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Use Edit > Copy Chart  in the top menu to move your Chart to the clipboard.  The above screen is an example of a copy & paste in Pages App. You can copy and paste Family Trees in Pages, Keynote, Numbers  &  in other Mac applications.

You can also use the Export Options to generate a PNG image or PDF document that you easily open from other apps as shown below.

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Fullscreen Zoom

Rendering fullscreen

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To render your Family Tree fullscreen, click on the Full Screen Zoom  button on the toolbar or Click View > Enter Full Screen.

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Sharing Family Trees

Sharing via email

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To  Email  or Share your  Family Tree, click on the ‘Share’ button on the toolbar or  Click on the File > Share option from the top menu. Select the desired format from the Share popover. This can be either PDF or PNG format.

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Displaying hidden items

Scrolling & Resizing

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If your Family Tree is too wide, or long, it may not display fully on the Family Tree Window, to display hidden items, simply resize your window if using an iMac  by dragging the edges of the Family Tree Window to the right &  bottom or scroll to the right, left & bottom to expose the hidden items. You can also click on the ‘Full Screen Zoom’ button to utilize your entire screen. If  on fullscreen mode and some items are still hidden, use the same scrolling principles as described before.

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Importing CSV data

Import CSV data

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To import a CSV file, Click on the “Import” button. You must use  the  provided template  for your data to import correctly. Failing to use the provided template will make your import to fail. You  must enter the column headers as provided in the template in row 1 of your CSV file as shown in the screenshot below.  To download the import template click on the  “Import” and choose the  “Download Template” option. Ver 1.4 and higher allows you to import data with root values. It’s recommended you use the “SELECT” button to create relationships between the elements, but if already created, you can export your data, make edits with a spreadsheet application & then import it back with all your root relationships.

Updating root values in the CSV is OK as long as it doesn’t overlap.  Setting root values incorrectly in the CSV will make your family tree not to render when imported back. If this happens to you, simply revert the root values if re-importing a file that was already created with Family Tree Builder or clear the root column in the CSV and after import, set the root values with the “SELECT” button.

Starting version 1.4 and higher, you can also include notes for each of your leaves in the CSV import. Due to space limitations, these notes won’t show up in the Tree, but can be downloaded in CSV format.


Sample Import Template Screen

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Printing Trees

Printing Family Trees

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To print your Family Tree,  Click on the ‘Print’  Icon on the toolbar or Click on  File > Print  from the top menu. Family Tree Builder will automatically determine your paper size and will auto zoom the chart to fit. If your chart is too wide or tall, it may not display clearly in the standard size A4 paper, so be sure to use a much bigger pager size that can be equivalent to the size of your Family Tree.  If you wish to print the Chart with a different Application, you can simply export it in PDF or PNG image format.

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Family Tree Maker (iOS)

Family Tree App iPhone & iPad

Same app, same features on your iPhone & iPad. Easily Import your data from Mac to iPad & iPhone Apps

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