Family Historian on Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, etc
Family Historian (fh) runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, or 10 on a PC (except V6 does not run on XP). This includes the Windows Surface Tablet costing as little as £65 that runs full Windows 8.1/10 (not Windows RT). Therefore, fh does not run natively on any other operating systems (OS).
The simplest way to understand the reasons is to think about cars. You cannot run a petrol car on diesel, or a diesel car on petrol, and as you may well know the results of doing so can be disastrous. Each OS only runs compatible programs, so getting a program designed for one OS to work on another OS can be tricky if not impossible.
One way of running fh from another device is to use PC Remote Control, where a small application on the Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android, or Windows RT device can link via the Internet to a Windows PC program.
Modern Apple Macintosh computers (iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, etc) run on similar hardware to modern PCs. This means you can install software on a Mac that will run programs designed for Windows. This software comes in two flavours:
These allow you to install a licensed Windows OS into a 'machine within a machine', so you end up with a Windows machine, and you can run Mac programs at the same time as Windows ones.
- Parallels Desktop is a commercial product (Follow link for advice about FH PDF Reports)
- VMware Fusion is a commercial product
- Oracle VirtualBox is free Open Source Software
Subtly different to virtual machines, emulators provide a wrapper, which makes Windows programs think they are running on a PC, but don't need a Windows OS license to run. They are not as fool proof as Virtual Machines, and there have been varying reports of success with Family Historian using them.
- CodeWeavers CrossOver is a commercial product based on Wine
- PlayOnLinux & PlayOnMac are free products reliant on Wine
- WineHQ is a free GNU Licensed but unsupported product
Linux systems are in many ways similar to Macs, and the options mentioned above can be run on common versions of Linux such as Debian and Ubuntu. Of the lists above only Parallels is not available for Linux.
The operating system iOS runs on iPad, iPod & iPhone devices, and is different to that used on Macs. This means completely different software is required.
- GedFamilies enables a GEDCOM file to be easily transferred to your iDevice
- GedView can import a GEDCOM file and linked multimedia to an iDevice
There is a way of displaying Family Historian created Family Tree HTML pages on an iPad (and Android) as described in Forum thread FH CD-DVD viewing on ipad March 2014.
Android is a popular Tablet and Smartphone OS, and there are a variety of Applications available for it. The quick way to find them is to go to Android Apps on Google Play and search for 'GedCom'.
The Applications below use a Windows program to convert your Gedcom/Project to a database file to be sent to your device.
- GedFamilies sends the GEDCOM file directly and handles attached media
Other Applications for Android that can read Family Historian Gedcom files, but may have some limitations on file size include:
Some of these Applications are endorsed on the [FHU] Mailing List.
This is a cut down version of Windows 8, but does not run native Windows programs. If you have a tablet or phone running this OS we are not aware of any Family History Apps that can handle GEDCOM files at this time. (If the Apps in the next section support the ARM Processor does that mean they run on Windows RT?)
Windows Surface Tablet
This is the full version of Windows 8.1/10 running on a tablet with a small touch-screen and no keyboard, such as a Surface. It should run Family Historian, but the buttons and text may be small and inconvenient to use, unless a monitor and keyboard are attached via HDMI or Bluetooth.
The following Windows 8.1/10 GEDCOM Apps are available from the Windows Store but there is little feedback from FHUG members.
- Downloads and Links ~ Apps for iPad, iPod, iPhone, Android tablets, etc.