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Great Enough Program to Justify the Purchase of a Mac
on July 30, 2012
This program is so good that it may be reason all by itself to justify migrating from a PC to a Mac. It is so simple, so pleasing to look at, and so powerful that you will never want to use any other kind of genealogy software--and you will wonder why you didn't get this sooner.
I have been using Reunion for years, and I always buy the upgrades. If you have a previous version of Reunion, you will want to go to leisterpro.com and download the update. It is all you need, and it is less money.
If you are new to genealogy (or at least new to using a computer to store your genealogy research), save yourself some frustration and begin with this program. It is so simple that you can just start clicking around and figure out most of what you need to know. And if not, the help is quite good. Or, if you prefer, Leister is very good about supporting their product (as are the many, many users who contribute to their forums).
And the results of your work are very pleasing to the eye. The Leister folks really worked on their interface, and it shows.
After you have spent some time at this hobby (or project, if you are more serious about your genealogy), you will begin to appreciate the tools that Reunion includes--tools for documenting sources, tools for creating a wide variety of reports showing relationships and timelines, etc, tools for cleaning up your data (showing possible duplicate entries, for example, and helping you to merge them into one person).
Sure, you might be able to find a cheaper piece of software on sale for less money. But you have already spent several hundred dollars on getting a Mac instead of a PC--because it is simple, pleasing to look at, and powerful. Why would you want software that is anything else? And because this software is available only for Mac, if you want to use it, you will have to join that club. But if genealogy is your passion, or even a hobby that you spend considerable time doing, make that time productive and enjoyable. Get a Mac, then get this program.