Leister Productions' genealogy application, Reunion, has always been an easy-to-use, intelligently-designed tool for collecting and cataloging ancestry information. Reunion 10 is no different, adding useful features to an already excellent product and making it that much easier to keep track of who you are and where you came from.
As has always been the case with Reunion, data entry is exceedingly easy. When starting with a new blank database, the application opens in a Family View that displays several blue and pink boxes and asks you to add either a new male or female person to your database. Once you add your first family member, inserting additional family members is as simple as clicking a pink or blue box, either up or down your family tree, and entering that person's information. The initial data entry process is so simple that you can create a fairly extensive family tree--sans detailed information--in a matter of minutes.
If you've used Reunion in the past you'll find little has changed with regard to the overall user experience, but you will find a number of enhancements and refinements. First, Reunion has a new navigation Sidebar at the right of the main Reunion window that displays a searchable list of all your family members. Selecting any family member from within this list sets the focus of Reunion's main window to the person you've selected. You can drag anyone who appears in the Sidebar on top of anyone appearing the Family View window and have a parent/child relationship created between those two people.
The left side of the main window now includes a feature called the Navbar, a set of shortcuts that provide quick access to several of Reunion's major features. Using the Navbar, you can quickly switch between a Tree and Family view of your family data and gain quick access to tools for creating charts and reports. At the bottom left of the main window is a menu that changes the type of data displayed in the Sidebar on the right of the screen. For example, you can select Sources to see where you collected information for a selected family member or you can select Multimedia to see all the photos you've collected for a particular family member. While I like this feature, I did find the placement of the Sidebar menu to be a bit odd and would have preferred that it was somewhere closer to the data being displayed.
Leister Productions has made it much easier to add and manage images and other media you've added to your family database. Pictures now appear in all views of your family data and can be resized so they are easier to view. Clicking a photo for a family member displays a window containing all the media associated with that family member, and a multimedia usage report lets you see the files you have stored in your database, their size, and lets you see which of your family members are linked with what media files.
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