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ACROSS MY DESK: Colorful Charting Companions from Progeny Software

NOTE: The following was just received from our friends at Progeny Software. All inquiries should be addressed to them at: 

From: Progeny Software
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 1:32 PM
Press Release ~ Colorful Charting Companions from Progeny Software
For Immediate Release - February 15, 2006

Colorful Charting Companions Now Available for Legacy, PAF and Family Tree Maker

Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, February 15, 2006 - Legacy, PAF and Family Tree Maker users can now view and print colorful family tree charts with Progeny Software's new line of Charting Companion products.  Legacy Charting Companion version 2.0, just announced, along with PAF Companion 5.2 and Charting Companion for Family Tree Maker all feature over 16-million colors and three color styles to display family lines by gender, generation or lineage.

Progeny's Chief Technology Officer Pierre Cloutier explains, "The colors add so much more depth and excitement to genealogy charts. You can select our default colors or customize your own to display your family tree in a wide range of color schemes and styles. It's a whole new way of seeing your family tree."

Other features added to these new releases include a gradient color option to provide an extra special effect and customizable line widths for printing charts of varying sizes. All three products also include complimentary User Guide and Wall Chart Printing Tips manuals available from weblinks found on the top navigation bar.

Legacy Charting Companion includes some additional enhancements so users can:

  • customize font styles for individual charts and reports
  • display the Descendant Chart from top-to-bottom or left-to-right
  • limit the height of photos
  • save screen images as a JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP files
  • Edit book reports using all popular word processing software programs, including the new Open Office Writer.

These new Charting Companion products are described in more detail at Click on the product of choice to read a description of the features and learn how to order. Be sure to click on the Sample Charts and Reports to see examples of the new colorful charts. No data entry and no GEDCOM are required.

These Charting Companion products read Legacy, PAF and Family Tree Maker files directly. And they're very easy to use - just select a person in your genealogy database, choose a chart type and presto - the chart is created. Choose from a wide variety of charts and reports, including Ancestor, Descendant, Fan, Hourglass, Pedigree, Bow Tie, Outline Descendant, Kinship, Family Group Record, Standard Family Group Record, Ancestor Book Report (also known as Ahnentafel) and Descendant Book Report (also known as Register).

Browse through generations of your family tree using onscreen tree views.

An extensive search capability will help you find elusive information you may have stored in your genealogy file.

Charts can be fully customized by choosing the number of generations, the events to include, date format, photos, etc. Charts can be printed in any size, including a large wall chart format by tiling pages together or printing to a plotter. The print preview is helpful before printing your chart and you can publish your charts using PDF so you can email them to family and friends.

Legacy Charting Companion is available at and sold by both Progeny Software and Millennia Corporation, makes of Legacy Family Tree. Legacy Charting Companion is designed specifically for Legacy Family Tree versions 3, 4, 5 and 6. A download edition is available for $19.95US and Progeny also offers a CD edition for $24.95US plus shipping.

Charting Companion for Family Tree Maker is bundled with Family Tree Maker 2006 and also sold on its own by at  for customers who already own Family Tree Maker version 9, 10, 11 or 2005. Price listed when this news release was published was $24.95US.

PAF Companion is bundled in a CD set with Personal Ancestral File and sold by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for $8.25US (includes shipping & handling). Call The Church's Distribution Services at 1-800-537-5971 to place your order. A free evaluation version of PAF Companion is also available for download at The Church's genealogy website This trial version limits the number of generations that can be viewed or printed. Users can then purchase the full version for $6.75US by calling 1-800-537-5971 to obtain an unlock key code from The Church's Distribution Services.

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