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New Features in Reunion 8

  • OS X Support
  • New Charting Features! Chart editing has been completely revamped in Reunion 8. Objects in charts can be selected, aligned, grouped, layered, nudged, etc. There are new chart styles, a new tool palette, pictures in boxes, live preview, and instant updating from the family card. Learn more about Reunion 8's charting features.
  • More columns in lists! Indexes and other lists can show the contents of up to eight fields simultaneously.
  • Dynamic and flexible numbering systems. In addition to internally generated ID numbers, and user-defined ID numbers, Reunion will generate ahnentafel, register, legal, and relative numbers automatically. You can display any of these numbers on the family card, and include them in reports and charts.
  • Register reports can include a parenthetical list of direct ancestors after each entry, such as:
2101. John LastName (Barry3, Susan MaidenName2, George1). John was born etc...
  • LDS support. Reunion 8 has a slew of new features for the recording, editing, importing, and exporting of information unique to the LDS faith.
  • You have the option to display children in a list on the family card, instead of using child buttons. This lets you see the age, birth date, death date, status, and sex for children on the family card.
  • A "Never Married" designation can be chosen for people who never made the leap.
  • Unlimited child statuses.
  • Opening URLs. URLs in any text field (note, memo, source, place, etc.) may be command-clicked to open your web browser to the URL web page.
  • Multiple Found lists. This new feature lets you go back and forth between several "found lists" while researching. For instance, you could keep several simultaneous lists of people born in different states or time periods.
  • Ages window includes many more events, for other family members, which are integrated and chronologically listed. For example, you can see the ages of a person when his parents and grandparents died, when his siblings and grandchildren were born, etc.
  • Half-siblings appear in the Sibling pop-up menu.
  • The Source List can be sorted by source type, source number, and data. Sorting the source list by type is very useful when attempting to find a source to cite something. It gives you a better organized view of your sources.
  • You can now get a list of unused sources. After Reunion finds all unused sources, a new button lets you delete all unused sources.
  • The new Source Usage report makes it easy to discover which source records are used and what records cite each source.
  • Reports sent to your word processor can automatically include pictures.
  • The Index and other lists have a new Show button. This lets you see the family card (behind the list) for any person in the list, while the list remains open.
  • A new "sensitive" designation for child statuses, for cases where you want to exclude a particular child status from reports and Gedcom files.
  • Expanded color palette for colorizing text, buttons, backgrounds, and chart objects.
  • The Display window has a new Presets pop-up menu, enabling quick selection of color schemes for the family card. Colors are applied in real time, behind the Display window, so you immediately see the results.
  • Index and TOC: In reports, Reunion can automatically include embedded codes for a dynamic Index and Table of Contents. (Note: only Microsoft Word seems to support this capability in RTF files.)
  • PNG picture file support. PNG files are small (like JPEG files) but retain clarity (unlike JPEG files).
  • Find Anything now supports searches for...
    • number of male children
    • number of female children
    • number of unknown sex children.
    • number of source citations linked to a person. (This is a great way to get a list of people with no source documentation.)
    • number of flags checked
    • couples with "no children."
    • number of Duplicated Fields (This has become a popular request as more people use match-and-merge. It provides an easy way to find people who have multiple events [such as two or more birth fields, death fields, etc.], facts, or notes that resulted from a merge.

      (The above attributes can also be included in lists, such as the index, and exported in text files.)
  • More accurate relationship descriptions. When the sex of a person is unknown, the text that describes the relationship will omit gender. For example, if the sex of a grandchild of a source person is unknown, that person will be identified as a "Grandchild" instead of a "Grandson" or "Granddaughter." This more precise terminology also appears in the Relative List.
  • The Find Relationship window now includes quick access to the Bookmarks, Quickbar and Recent lists, making it much easier to select two people and figure out how they're related.
  • The Replace window...
    • now includes a Case Sensitive checkbox button for more precise finding and replacing.
    • now includes "First & Mid. Names" in the Where pop-up menu of target fields, letting you limit a "find and replace" to first and middle names, but not surnames.
  • Mailing Address Changed Date: Reunion remembers the "changed date" when you make changes to a Mailing Address. This field will help you remember when you entered or edited an address. The Find Anything and List windows (such as the index) include a "Changed Date Addr." in the "Mailing Address" sub-menu so you can search for and display people whose addresses were added or edited on, before, or after any particular date.
  • It's easier to add people of unknown sex. The Add pop-up menu and the Edit -> Add Unrelated Person submenu now contain additional items for Unknown Sex children. (In previous versions, it was necessary to designate children of unknown sex using the Edit Person window.)
  • Clearer Places: Person Sheet and Family Group Sheet questionnaires now include an explicit "Place" label for place names. Some recipients of questionnaires in older versions of Reunion missed the opportunity to enter a place name after the date of an event.
  • Smarter Statistics: The Statistics list can ignore dates with modifiers (such as (BEF, AFT, ABT, CIR, ?).
  • Non-exact dates (such as Before 1837 or After 1800) will sort more accurately and avoid unnecessary date feasibility warnings.
  • The age of infants who die before their first birthday is now shown on the family card and in reports as "<1" -- previously no age was shown in these cases.
  • Descendant charts and descendant reports can include Register numbers. If you create a register report and an accompanying descendant chart, this new feature helps people, unfamiliar with the concept of a Register report, match a person on the chart to a person in the Register report.
  • User-defined labels for source fields and source types may be included in endnotes, making it easier for others to interpret the source documentation in your reports.
  • Better Date Feasibility Checking: "On the fly" testing for date feasibility only happens when you change the birth, death, or marriage date fields. In earlier versions, simply tabbing through those fields would initiate a feasibility check, which would be annoying if you had already overruled the Date Feasibility Warning window.
  • A handy new shortcut appears in the Mark pop-up menu of all lists. With one command, you can "Unmark Everybody in the Family File and then Mark Everybody in the List."

  • You can now recall and edit marked sets using the Mark pop-up menu that appears in lists (see above)
  • As you increase the size of the family card on-screen, the size of Note fields also increases, thereby making better use of higher resolution monitors.
  • New options for web output:
    • You can include a Footer. This makes it easy to add a copyright notice, web URL, or disclaimer to the bottom of each web page you create.
    • You can distribute sources over multiple web pages, rather than a single, potentially big, page.
  • In web family cards, children with bold text on their child buttons will be designated as follows: >Barry Bold Kidd<. This will make it easier to follow direct lines of descent in web output.
  • When you click buttons in Reunion 8, you'll notice an animated zooming effect. (You can also turn this off, if it annoys you :-)
  • You can choose different colors for: children with children, parents with parents, Quickbar buttons, and Quickbar names.
  • The Merge People window, which contains two lists, will now increase the size of both lists when the window is resized (made larger).
  • If you come across the need to merge two people who you know are really the same person, but the names of each person are different enough that Reunion won't identify them as possible matches, you can have Reunion skip the name comparison (omit from the criteria for finding possible matches).
  • When you save a chart using the "Save Graphic File" menu command, Reunion 8 saves the graphic chart as a JPEG file that, when double-clicked in the Finder, automatically opens the QuickTime Player. These formerly opened the Reunion manual, which was confusing.
  • A new Undo button appears in the Mark Groups window, in case you click the Mark button and change your mind.
  • In Notes windows, you can now choose a text style, begin typing, and the style will apply to the typed text. (Whereas, in older versions, text styles could only be applied to selected text.)
  • Descendant reports will include an index.
  • Family ID numbers can be included in person sheets, family group sheets, and family history reports.
  • Added the parents of descendants' spouse to indexes of a Register report and Family History report.
  • Flag Format. A new layout setting that lets you determine the presentation of flags in charts.
  • Improved the narrative text syntax such that if a place name has more than one word, then a comma will follow it.
  • When linking to an existing person, the index will include a "Mark" column on the left side showing whether people are marked or not. In addition, the Mark popup menu has been added to this window.
  • Scroll Wheel support: anywhere you see a vertical scroll bar in Reunion, in up/down arrow boxes, movies and sound playback.
  • In the list of Optional Fields in the Gedcom Export window, the Changed Date field can be omitted when exporting a Gedcom file.
  • Cascading Pedigree charts can be created without graphic boxes and may include an index.
  • Clicking the Relationship field on the family card will open the Relatives window if relationships have not been identified for a source person or if you click the Relationship field on the source person's family card.
  • When duplication is removed in a Cascading Pedigree chart, duplicate boxes will reference the original branch.
  • For those of you who import lots of Gedcom files, you can now drag and drop a Gedcom file onto the Reunion application file.
  • The e-manual has a Page Index which is a list of every page in the manual. It's designed for those who want to make sure they "read the manual, cover to cover."
  • The Gedcom tag "EVEN" (miscellaneous event) is even better supported :-)
  • If the same sound/movie is linked to many different people/families, Reunion 8 will make only one copy of that media file in a web project, saving disk space for people who link the same movies to many people.
  • The Files section of the Web Options window has more options for the default names of cover pages in web output.
  • New shortcut: clicking the General Source number in the non-Name sections of the Edit Person window will take you to the Name section (where General Sources are entered and edited).
  • New shortcut: for moving an unlinked person out of the Clipboard and onto a family card.
  • The Find Anything Presets window and the Marked Sets window are now resizable.

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