Software Reviews: API Mac database, Family Tree for Mac

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I spend it so you don’t have to.

API Mac Database

One of the biggest problems with the MAC is the comparative lack of good software programs. Seems the MAC is great for graphics and video, but not so great for everything else.

I’ve tried several database programs including most recently APIMac Intuitive Apps. It sounds great on paper but it just doesn’t work.

It’s only $19.99 for a single user, so it’s not a big lose for me. I purchased the software and found it was very easy to create a database with 8 fields for a project I am doing. But, when I tried to import the data from Exel, .CSV and even a .TXT file, it just doesn’t work. It imports every entry as a separate file so instead of having 500 records with 8 fields, I ended up — no matter how many different ways I saved the data — with 4,000 individual entries.

You can imagine how frustrating that is.

The software promotes its ease at syncing with the iPhone but it doesn’t do you any good if you can’t create a workable database using existing data.

I’ll try a few more and I am sure, I will find one that I can recommend.

MAC’s have bean counters, don’t they?

ANCESTRY.COM Family Tree software is a very expensive hobby, costing $300 a year to access its database. But the online system is so slow you want to download a software program to sync and run with it called Family Tree.

Well, Family Tree works easily with Windows, but not so easy with MAC. In fact, the MAC version of Family Tree just doesn’t work. And it costs $52.49 for Family Tree Maker for MAC 2.

The problem is the MAC system refuses to allow the software to accept the License Code, which is a big problem, especially when you PAID FOR IT.

Worse, when I went to the software seller, Nova Development which is a partner with, responds to all inquiries and says you have to go back to the original developer to get a refund.

So I ate that money, too.

But I eat and waste money so you won’t. Save your money. Do not purchase Family Tree for MAC unless you like wasting money, too.

— Ray Hanania


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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites and (Illinois News Network at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post,, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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