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Change History for Family Book Creator on macOS

This page lists the latest changes and enhancements of the macOS version of Family Book Creator. There is also a Windows version.

Family Book Creator is continuously being enhanced with new features and improvements to existing features. You may find information about how to use those changes here as well.


Build 765 (available soon...)

  • Fixed: Geometric symbols and chess symbols did not appear in PDF files as expected. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: In books about ancestors the family chart for the family of the starting individual was missing, if the option 'Include only preferred partner' on the 'Individuals to include' tab page is selected. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: After using the 'Restore text' button from the toolbar of the Introduction tab page the button was always disabled. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: In some rare cases the error message 'Load from Stream failed' was shown. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: In some rare cases updating all fields did not work as expected and an error message (Exception during update fields) was shown. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed (Spanish): A spelling issue in the statistics section ("1 hombre promediaron") has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: In some rare cases images are shown in squished columns inside photo album sections. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: If multiple profile pictures are used from one source image Family Book Creator always used an identical profile picture for all individuals. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: If the global system preferences file could not be found on your Mac, Family Book Creator could not be launched. You would just get an error message ("Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)"). This issue has now been fixed.
  • Improved: The PDF rendering engine used to create documents in fixed page formats (like PDF and images) has been improved. Now tables and table cell borders are rendered more accurate.
  • Fixed (FBC 2019): If EPUB file format was used, Color Coding symbols were not included in the 'Index of Places' and 'Index of Individuals'. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Enhancement (FBC 2019): All page numbers inside the 'Index of Places' and 'Index of Individuals' are now hyperlinks in documents in PDF or EPUB file format. You may just click on the page number to navigate to the index entry on that page.

Build 748

  • Fixed: Page breaks from documents inserted by utilizing the media category FBC_HandleStoryAsText were not retained. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: If the formatting option 'Include in narrative (FTM style)' was used, an unwanted comma might be shown at the end of the sentence. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Changed: If the formatting option 'Include in narrative (FTM style)' was used together with {dateOnly} the date value inserted for {dateOnly} may have started with a prefix. This has now been changed so that just the date is used to construct the sentence, based on the FTM sentence template.
  • Fixed: Location/Place details (specified during Resolving Place fields in FTM) did not show up in sentences created for Occupation and Employment fact types. This issue has now been fixed.
    Note: This requires that the option 'Use place details always as place segments' (found on the 'Main part', 'Options' tab page) is cleared. (See also "Standardizing locations in Family Tree Maker")
  • Fixed: In some rare cases "Updating all fields... (Pass 3 of 6)" did not complete and seemed to "hang". This issue was caused by an endless loop in the page layout engine if a huge number of footnotes and cross-references to footnotes were used. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: The plugin could crash if a user tried to incorporate content from a word processing document with invalid document structure (for example a floating shape inside a textbox). This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: When exporting every page of your book document in image file format (JPG or PNG) the thickness of some lines were not as designed. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: Selecting a name format from the 'Repeated mention of the name' drop-down list on the 'Preferences', 'Name Formats', 'Partner' tab page had no effect, because the default name format was always used. This issue has now been fixed.

Build 744

  • Fixed: In some rare cases, if individuals share an ancestor, a null pointer exception occurred. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: An issue (Unexpected part type exception) while updating all fields has now been fixed.
  • Enhancement: The integrated help system and the User Guide in PDF file format are now up to date and cover the latest product changes and enhancements up to Build 744 of Family Book Creator 2019 on macOS.
  • Enhancement: Family Book Creator now supports media files with special characters (like / ? < > \ * | " ) in filenames.
  • Fixed: Individuals with unknown given names are not always properly shown in the index of individuals. This issue has now been fixed.
  • Fixed: If the option 'Include details about children' is cleared, the related controls are not always disabled as expected. This issue has now been fixed.

Build 739