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Family Historian 7 Adds Word Processing and New Data Entry Tools

Calico Pie today announced the release of version 7 of Family Historian, the award-winning
desktop genealogy program. The new version includes word processing features, source templates,
and tools to support a wholly new way of entering data, based around sources. Although announced
today, version 7 has been available for purchase since before Christmas.

London, United Kingdom, January 22, 2021 --(PR.com)-- "Version 7 supports a wholly new way of
entering data that is designed to match the way genealogists actually work" explained Simon Orde, CEO
of Calico Pie. "Typically a genealogist will find a source of some kind – a document, a gravestone, a
newspaper article...whatever – and the data comes from that. Our new tools reflect this reality. We call it
'source-driven data entry.' In version 7, any source type can have one or more tools called 'data entry
assistants' that facilitate the process of entering data straight from that source type. The goal is to make
the whole process significantly easier and quicker, while giving better, and more consistent results. We
already supply a number of data entry assistants, but more are on the way. Any technically-sophisticated
user can write them and share them with everyone else.

"At the same time we’ve added support for source templates. There is an Essentials collection, which we
designed with the help of the Genealogy Programme of the University of Strathclyde, and an Advanced
collection which is modelled on the work of Elizabeth Shown Mills."

It is not just about sources though. "This a big upgrade and there’s a lot there. For example, we’ve added
support for word processing features in notes and other long text fields. This is by some margin the thing
we've had the most requests for. The word processing features are extensive – everything you probably
expect and more. For example you can add web links, and even record links, to any note. Our users asked
that we support tables. So we did that. And our users were right. Tables turn out to be a very useful
feature for genealogy. We use them extensively now – in the new source transcription tools, and also in
the new research notes ... in anything where the data is naturally tabular, which a lot of data is. We had to
completely rebuild the report engine to support all the new features, but that turned out to be a great
opportunity. We’ve improved the design of the Report Window, added new reports, and even added new
tools for creating reports. Users can now create custom reports that can show any information, and which
are indistinguishable from built-in reports."

The new version also supports language packs for multi-language output. Current language packs in the
free plugin store include French, German, Swedish, Dutch/Flemish, Norwegian, Portuguese and English.
Simon Orde expects that more will be added over time. "Every copy of Family Historian includes all the
tools you need to create language packs, and we encourage creators to upload their packs to the plugin
store so that everyone else can benefit," he explained. "Once they’re in the plugin store, anyone can
download and install them."

For more information about the new features in version 7, please see What’s New in Version 7.

About Family Historian

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Family Historian is a powerful, desktop genealogy program for Windows. In 2020, TopTenReviews gave
Family Historian their highest overall rating in their review of the best family tree software of 2020, and
gave it 10 out of 10 for ease of use. It has won a Top Rated Genealogy Software award from
GenSoftReviews in every year from 2011 to 2020.

Family Historian 7 runs on Windows 10, 8 and 7. It is published by Calico Pie Limited. For more
information, please contact us.

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Calico Pie Limited
Simon Orde
+44 (0)20 3637 6694
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