Software Reviews: API Mac database, Family Tree for Mac

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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 — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and at, and at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

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.

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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