It’s no big secret that we are finally about to release Personal Historian 2. We know it has been a long time coming. Those of you who have been with us for a long time (back to the old Family Origins days) know that in the past we were able to get major upgrades of our programs out a lot quicker than we have recently. I know we could make a lot of excuses as to why this is, but I hate excuses from companies I buy software from, and I know you feel the same. So I’ll just say we have made some changes in priorities around here that will help us get all the really cool new stuff out to you faster.
We are currently beta testing Personal Historian 2, so for the next couple of weeks on the blog we will be offering a sneak peek at the new features which are coming.
But first, I know a lot of you may not be familiar with Personal Historian, so let me tell you a little bit about it. Personal Historian helps you write… you guessed it… personal histories. It could be your own life story, or the life story of one or both of your parents, or the life story of one of your ancestors. Everyone has a story that needs to be told… in fact… a lot of stories. And that is where Personal Historian comes in. Instead of trying to type all those stories into a big word processor file, Personal Historian lets you add stories, and builds a timeline of those stories, like this:
You can choose which columns you want Personal Historian to display for each story, including the title, date, status, category, or age at which the story occurred. Personal Historian will automatically sort your stories as you add them, so it is easy to find any story you have already written. You can then just double-click any story in the list to edit it in a full featured word processor window.
But Personal Historian is more than just a list of stories. It lets you filter stories any way you can imagine, add historical and other timeline items, provides memory joggers and story organizing tools, and lets you publish all those stories (or any group of those stories) into a complete personal history.
So stay tuned the next couple of weeks as we show you all the cool new features in Personal Historian 2, the easiest way to write a personal history.