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Family Historian 4: purchase and installation

2 May

The arrival of the weekend has given me chance to sit down and upgrade Family Historian to version 4. As I previously reported the new version has just been released and I have purchased the upgrade to version 4 from my old version 3 (which was itself an upgrade from version 2).

I had decided that I would purchase the download version (having no desire to bring yet another CD and box into the house), so I visited the Family Historian website and clicked on the Buy Family Historian link at the top of the page. Here I selected the product I was after and was transferred to the kagi.com website for payment.

I was delighted to see the ‘Check of with PayPal’ button there, that meant I didn’t need to enter all my details or even get out of my chair to get my debit card. The transaction went through quickly and I headed to my email inbox to await further instructions.

This is where there is only one slight negative point, it wasn’t immediately obvious after the transaction had been completed that details would be sent by email. It did say earlier in the check process that this was the case, but I think I would be helpful to have it at the end of the process as well.

The emails arrived within a couple of minutes, I printed out the email with the licence key for future reference, and clicked on the download link and saved the file. Installation was quick and easy, just a few clicks and enter the licence key and it was done.

All in all it was a pretty easy process, without any problems. Like I said earlier it would be nice to have seen a prompt to go and check your email after purchasing, or perhaps I missed, but that would be my only complaint.

Family Historian 4 available from Calico Pie

26 Apr

The latest version of the UK authored, Windows family history program Family Historian is now available from the Family Historian website.

I have been using Family Historian since June 2002 (version 2.0.7) and have had no call to change in all that time. I love the flexibility in it’s diagrams and queries, and it’s records window just seemed so intuitive to me when I first started, although I know it is not to everyone’s taste.

Details of what’s new in version 4 can be found on the website where you can also download a free 30 day trial (existing Family Historian users should make sure they read the note about installing the trial version over their existing version before downloading).

I will be downloading the upgrade shortly and will give you an update on it’s new features in due course.

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