recent version of GEDitCOM is version 2.6. This web site
describes the dates and changes between this version and all previous
versions in reverse chronological order. Only the major changes
are listed here; details about all other changes are listed in
the What's New help topic of the GEDitCOM on-line
help when you download the application.
2.6 was first posted on the internet on April 3, 2000 and then
reposted on April 20, 2000. The major new features are:
Default GEDitCOM Format has been changed in many ways.
The changes are mostly about appearance, but a few new features
have been added too.
Default GEDitCOM Format is now also available in a French
language version. This translation is functionally identical
to the English format. The new Format GEDitCOM par défaut
is not provided with the standard download, but you can get it
separately from the Downloads
on the Fly:
All available GEDitCOM Formats are now listed in a submenu.
You can use that menu to easily switch between formats.
can check any GEDCOM file for corrupted GEDCOM records, for bad
dates, for dates that do not seem reasonable, for broken links
between records, and for invalid GEDCOM tags. This option is
especially useful for checking GEDCOM files downloaded from the
features requested by users: sorting of children, sorting of
spouses, and definition of a home record. The reposting fixed
a bug some users encountered in the new sorting options.
fixed a conflict with Mac OS 8.6 when opening files. It was posted
on March 2, 2000. Also fixed were a bug in the new "More
Details" tree option that found dates when there should be
no dates and some printing template problems with a few multi-line
2.5 was first posted on the internet on March 1, 2000. The major
new features are:
- GEDitCOM now
has many Internet Features. You can access your favorite web
sites with the new Web Menu and you can put Internet Links in
Genealogical Records to document your research with internet
are many new options for drawing family trees such as more colors,
a new box style, new box content options, and the ability to
go left-to-right, right-to-left, top-to-bottom, and bottom-to-top.
Relatives searching option has been enhanced to get all relatives,
just ancestors, or just descendants. Besides just finding the
names of relatives, you can optionally have the list include
each relative's birth and death date information. Finally, the
list as well as search results can now be exported to a plain
control-clicking in many places you can get a Context-Sensitive
Popup Menu. This new feature is most useful in the Index Window
and will let you open any record related to the clicked window.
Context-Sensitive Popup Menus can also be used in editing windows
to learn the function of any button or link.
2.2 was first posted on the internet on December 3, 1999. The
major new features are:
2.1 enabled GEDitCOM to read large files (>32000 records)
but some things got very slow as the file got very large. In
version 2.2, many things are faster. The faster features of GEDitCOM
will be most noticeable when working with large files, but GEDitCOM
is now faster with all files.
things (like file searching and large family tree compilations)
will inevitably be slower in large files. Whenever GEDitCOM enters
a long calculation, it will display a progress box and let you
type Command-Period to exit that calculation.
are many new options for family trees. The new customization
options include horizontal and vertical trees and centering alignment.
In centering alignment, children are centered on the cells for
the parents giving a more tree-like appearance to family trees.
Family trees also now use cross-referencing to make trees more
efficient and to prevent faulty GEDCOM files from causing a tree
to enter an endless loop.
now supports full color printing of all graphic elements that
may be added to custom report templates. If you do not have a
color printer, you can disable color printing using a new ``B&W
Printing" option in the General Preferences.
are many minor changes (many requested by users). There are ``Scrolling"
menu commands to scroll through records in a file and arrow buttons
in some windows to do this scrolling. There is a method for easily
recognizing living and dead individuals and marking them if desired.
Shift-typing will reset the typed searching string in the Index
Window. Files can be autosaved at any time interval.
2.1 was finished September 30, 1999 and first posted on the internet
on October 11, 1999. The major new features are:
main new feature in version 2.1 is the ability to print custom
books. You can print an entire book complete with a table of
contents and an index from any GEDCOM file.
format of the book printed by GEDitCOM is determined by the current
GEDitCOM Format. GEDitCOM is now provided with a new format
called the Book Format that is specially designed for
- GEDitCOM will
now work correctly for files with more than 32,767 individual
records. Previously, the Index Window would not scroll correctly
when there were more than 32,767 names in a single file.
2.0 was first posted on the internet on May 28, 1999. The new
are many ways to mark INDIVIDUAL Records. Once the records are
marked, you can do bulk actions such as printing reports, deleting
the records, deleting all except marked records, adding or removing
keywords, and more.
can merge two GEDCOM files into a single GEDCOM file while preserving
all links and insuring no conflicting links.
is a method for Exporting a Subset GEDCOM File of the current
- GEDitCOM can
now read and write GEDCOM files with ASCII characters (with Mac
OS Roman extensions), with ANSEL Characters (a common GEDCOM
character set), and with Unicode Characters.
all image files can now be displayed internally by GEDitCOM.
new additions make it easy to locate GEDCOM file errors and fix
them within GEDitCOM.
Search window has changed in appearance and added some features.
- GEDitCOM is now
better at dealing with unusual surnames such as surnames with
spaces or surnames in the middle of a name.
Easy Upgrade option makes it easy to start using new versions
are several new menu commands:
- Merge... - merge
two GEDCOM files.
- Relatives... - search
for and display a list of relatives for any individual.
- Reload - reload
contents of current front window.
- mark a record, family members, tree members, or search hits.
- perform various actions on the current set of marked records.
- change the sex of an INDIVIDUAL record.
- customize the date format and entry methods for cells that
- There are now commands for GEDitCOM help in the help
menus generated by the MacOS.
are many other changes to GEDitCOM. All other new features
are documented fully in the on-line help (click on the ``What's
New" link near the top of the on-line help table of contents
to read all the details). The types of other new features are:
changes to the Default GEDitCOM Format and other formats
to provide more robust support for viewing, editing, and printing
GEDitCOM Formats are now posted in the Downloads
section of the GEDitCOM Home Page instead
of all being in the down loaded GEDitCOM package. Two
new examples are a Default GEDitCOM 1P Format with different
3D effects and a Reunion Format that mimics the Reunion
new additions to the GEDitCOM Template Language to help
you write new custom formats.
user interface enhancements/fixes
few bug fixes
1.0.2 fixed a rare memory bug. It was posted on the internet on
January 29, 1999. The bug fix was:
1.0.1 and earlier could run out of memory after creating many
new individuals by certain methods. Only one user reported this
bug, but it could be reproduced by creating a new file, creating
a husband and a wife in a new family, and then attaching 11 children
by creating new individuals in the child-attaching dialog box.
The 11th child caused a memory error. The bug was fixed in version
1.0.2. The bug did not cause any crashes or any loss of data.
1.0.1 fixed two minor bugs in version 1.0 and added one simple
new feature. It was posted on the internet on January 8, 1999.
The changes from version 1.0 are:
1.0 could crash or be unpredictable if, during a single editing
session, you delete INDIVIDUAL records, create new INDIVIDUAL
records, and attach those new records to other records (e.g.
attach as child or spouse in a family). The bug is fixed in version
1.0.1. The bug would never cause damage to a GEDCOM file.
1.0 could crash when doing certain typing actions in the Index
window or in some dialog boxes for files that do not have any
INDIVIDUAL records. Because all useful GEDCOM files contain INDIVIDUAL
records, this bug probably did not affect anyone. The bug is
fixed in version 1.0.1.
1.0.1 now honors leading spaces in lines of free-format text
notes or other multiline line editing fields. You can therefore
indent such text, if desired, for more readability.
1.0 was the inaugural version of GEDitCOM. It was first
posted on the internet on December 7, 1998. A few people may have
downloaded a copy that was labeled ``version 0.5" when choosing
Get Info on the application. Copies labeled version 0.5
are identical to version 1.0 except for the string that
displays when getting info on the application.
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Updated: 10 May 2000