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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Redesign of FamilySearch Certified Products Pages

FamilySearch.org has redesigned its Products pages. In a pretty dramatic make-over, the old-style lists have been replaced with pages of icons. Here is a look at the Mobile Apps page in a screenshot:


Another change is that the tiny icons FamilySearch was using to designate the different levels of Certification have seem to disappear. The bottom of this page did not seem to display properly. Here is the screenshot:


I thought this might be a browser error since I was using Chrome, so I tried another browser, Firefox. Here is the same page with Firefox:


Looks like the same cut-off icons and the rest of the information is missing also. I guess there is still some work to do on the changes. I notices the same truncation of the images on the other pages as well.

It looks to me as if the only two programs connect directly to the big online database programs, one of them being MacFamilyTree. Ancestry.com also has an Mac OS X version of their Family Tree Maker program.  On the other hand, it appears that there are 2 mobile apps for Android and 6 mobile apps for Apple's iOS operating system. It is strange that the genealogy software companies writing stand alone programs are so slow to take advantage of the Apple OS X market.

Oh, by the way, you can find these Product pages by going to the very bottom of the startup page and clicking on the "About" link. Then click on the link to "Products."


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