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 share your family tree & profile with family and friends via email in PDF or PNG formats.
– No Subscriptions like many other apps, only one time purchase.
– Easily take notes about your family research and discoveries.
– Save your trees for future use or edits.
– Import & Export data in CSV format.
– 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.
– Supports the following Language Character sets:
* English
* Spanish
* French
* Germany
* Arabic
* Italian
* Chinese

System Requirements:
-Family Tree Builder Mac requires OS X 10.9 or higher

* Family Tree App is also available for iPhone & iPad

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Creating a Family Tree

To create a Family Tree, Type your Family Members starting in Row 1 Down in any Order OR You can easily populate the grid by importing a CSV list of all your Family Members. Click ‘Import’ button on toolbar to download a template. When importing a new list, leave the “PARENT” column in the CSV blank.

Once you have the grid populated with all your family members, go back to row #1 and Click the PLUS (+) button in each row to start relating your Members by choosing a Parent and Marital status.

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Family Tree Builder Online

Family Tree Builder Online

Please watch the video below for info on how to get started with Family Tree Builder Online.

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Choosing Roots

Selecting A Parent

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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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Resizing Columns

Resizing Columns

To resize the Name, Spouse & Year columns, simply click on the resize buttons on the Grid as shown  above

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Zooming In & Out

Zooming In & Out

You can Zoom your Family Tree In & Out using the Minus (-) and Plus (+) buttons on the Canvas or you can use the Zoom options in the Toolbar & in the View Menu as shown below.

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Setting Marital Status

Divorced or Remarried


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

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

Customizing font, Leaf size & Style


To  format Font Style & Size, Leaf Size & Shadow, Line, Font, Back  & Line Colors, Use the formatting options available in the toolbar.

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Customizing Leaf Colors


When using the multi-color Mode, you can Customize  individual leaf 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 switch the Mode from Multi-Color to Single Color on the toolbar. Only Row#1 color picker can be used to customize colors when using the Single Color Mode. To customize the Leaf text color, join line, background color & Chart Title colors, 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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Copy Paste in other Apps

Moving Trees to other apps



Use Edit > Copy  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 your Family Tree in Pages, Keynotes  &  in other Mac apps.

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 enlarge your view, hide grid or Click View > Enter Full Screen.

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Sharing Family Trees

Sharing via email


To  Email  or Share your  Family Tree,  Click on the ‘Share’ button on the toolbar or  Click on the File > Share Menu and then Select the desired format. This can be either PDF or PNG format.

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Displaying hidden items

Resizing the Chart


If your Family Tree is too wide, or long, it may not display fully on the Family Tree Builder Window. To resize or display hidden parts, hide the grid, use the zoom options or resize window by dragging the edges as shown in the above screenshot.

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Importing CSV data

Import CSV data


To import a CSV file, Click on the “Import” button on the toolbar. You must use  the  provided template  for your data to import correctly. Failing to use the 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.  To download the import template click on the  “Import” and choose the  “Download Template” option. If importing data for the first time, leave the “PARENT” column blank as this is automatically filled by the App. Entering PARENT values in the CSV may make your data not to import. The Parent Column is used when moving data between Family Tree Builder Apps.

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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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