Yes, we are busy working on GenDetective v3! When will it be available? The short answer is, we don’t know for sure. Our best guess, at this time, is in the Fall of 2017.
What’s going to be in it? Our feature list will be a “slow reveal”, with information being announced as we complete the new features. However, we have several goals for this release that I can share, and will discuss in more detail over the next several posts.
Our must have features:
- Redesign the user interface so that it runs well on screens both big and small, at various resolutions (think 10 inch Surface Pro screen) as well as 27 inch monitors
- Remove the Microsoft Access report engine that has caused so many installation issues while retaining our full featured, nicely laid out reports.
- Mac support — By doing the first two items above, our hope is that we will be able to run natively on a Mac, similar to other genealogy software. This is a big question mark, and we are not to the testing point yet, but our hope is that we will be able to run on the Mac without requiring Windows! This is not a promise. Please understand we are a very small company but we are shooting for this goal.
- Additional enhancements to be announced as we complete these exciting new features!
Now for the bad news. As Microsoft and other technology companies have done away with support for Windows XP and Windows Vista, we will be doing the same. It is the removal of support for XP that has allowed us to move onto newer (free) technology for reporting that allows us to achieve reports that look the same as always, but are created using a different tool set.
We look forward to bringing the next version of GenDetective to you soon!