What's New in V2.387 - released 06 May 2008

Catalogue of Changes and Features in iFamily For Leopard
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What's New in V2.387 - released 06 May 2008

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What's New in V2.387- for upgrading instructions go to How do I upgrade to the latest release?

Gedcom Import

Added an extra index to improve loading of large Gedcom files. The time to load a Gedcom file containing 143,000 people into an iFamily database has been reduced from 33 minutes to 10 minutes - using a 2.8 MHz Core-Duo Intel iMac with 2Gb memory under OS X 10.5. However, on a P4 running OS X 10.4 and only 500Mb memory this same Gedcom file may take some hours to load! The crucial things for speed when loading very large Gedcom files are (a) use OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and (b) have at least 1 Gb (preferably 2 Gb) of memory.

Family Group Sheet

Added an option to include Event Notes

Descendants Diagrams

Added an option to include/exclude Adopted and Step children as descendants.

Move Data Directory

The correct way to move the folder that contains the iFamily data is to use menu option File -> Move Data Directory. In V2.384 additional validation has been added to ensure that the location the iFamilyForTigerData folder has not been invalidated by the user using other methods to relocate this folder.

Database Initialisation

Tuned the initial loading of large databases. For a database containing 143,000 people the initialisation time has been reduced to:
  • 9 seconds after a machine cold start with no existing data in memory/disk caches.
  • 2 to 4 seconds if the database had previously been loaded and data is still in memory/disk caches.
The above timings are based on an Core-Duo 2.8 GHz Intel Aluminium iMac running OS X 10.5.2. Smaller databases are now also initialised considerably faster than before with many taking less that one second to be initialised on this machine configuration.

People -> Notes Dialog

Added a Family Name filter

People -> Relationships Calculator

Added a Print button.
Added a Family Name filter.

Version 2.387 was released on 6th May, 2008
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