2.9.27 (28 December 2018)
The version numbering scheme has changed from '2.9y' format to '2.9.25'
format. This new versioning scheme conveys the same information as the
previous versioning scheme (with letter replaced by position in the alphabet),
but conforms to the software standard semantic versioning system documented
Ancestral Author has been renamed to Ancestral Author Classic to make room
for Ancestral Author Plus (see here).
Ancestral Author now checks to see if a new release is available. If so, it
informs you with a dialog message, and a link on the main dialog page that
(if clicked) takes you to the download page.
Note that this latest version of Ancestral Author can also be downloaded on
the new Ancestral Softworks website.
Eventually, www.AncestralAuthor.com will take you to the new website, once all the
content has been migrated.
2.9y (26 May 2018)
2.9x produced an 'assertion error' that would
occur on zero length notes attached
to BIRT, DEAT, and other GEDCOM event
records. The error looked like this:
AA Assertion Failure (strlen(string) > 0)
in file ..\Ged2Doc\srctbl.cpp, line 55.
This has been fixed.
2.9x (18 May 2018)
- AA would sometimes stall or hang during report generation -
but only if date sorting was turned on (Options->Sorting Dates).
This has been fixed.
2.9w (9 Jan 2018)
- Cosmetic changes and bug fixes.
2.9v (3 Feb 2017)
- Annual update - cosmetic changes.
2.9u (17 Mar 2016)
- The download file has been 'signed' with a renewed software certificate. This should
make the download more secure, and will avoid some of the alarming warnings issued by
Internet Explorer, and other browsers.
Normally AA does not support the UTF-8 character encoding in GEDCOM files, even though
the GEDCOM standard allows UTF-8 encodings. Instead, AA supports the ANSI (ISO-Latin-1)
character encoding. GEDCOMs that contain foreign character sets (Chinese, Farsi, Thai, etc)
must be encoded in UTF-8; but Western character sets (English, most European languages) do
not require UTF-8; ANSI is sufficient.
Some genealogy programs export UTF-8 encoded GEDCOM files anyway, even if ANSI would be sufficient. AA can
usually handle these GEDCOM files, as long as the characters are standard ISO-Latin-1. Sometimes, though,
non ISO-Latin-1 characters will sneak in. AA will now convert these to ISO-Latin-1 whenever there is
2.9t (8 Jan 2016)
2.9q (19 Feb 2015)
2.9o (5 Jan 2014)
A new GEDCOM option has been added to control the treatment of CONT
text records. In previous versions of AA, the text in CONT records was placed on the same line as the text from a previous
record (CONT, CONC, NOTE); it was wrapped to the new line only if the end of the
current line had been reached.
The new option forces the text from CONT records to be placed on a new line. This approach aligns with the GEDCOM
To choose the new option, press the OPTIONS button, select the GEDCOM tab, and check the "Check here to force
newlines CONT." box.
Increased maximum number of images that can be embedded in the PDF document from
1000 to 5000.
Added support for the GEDCOM RESI tag. Residence information is now output for
each individual in the report.
Added support for the GEDCOM ADDR tag. Residence, Census, and other GEDCOM
attributes will now include address information.
A bug related to date formats has been fixed. Dates of the form
"FROM date1 TO date2" were incorrectly reported as "FROM date1 ABOUT date2". This has been fixed.
Several additional bugs have been fixed.
Version 2.9d (3 Jan 2012)
Maximum number of hyperlinks has been increased from 1.5 million to
4.5 million. The page limit has increased from 24,000 to 72,000.
The GEDCOM reading speed is no much faster.
Ported to Windows 64-bit operating systems. The 64-bit version of
AA is automatically installed on 64-bit versions of Windows, and will
process much larger GEDCOM files than the standard 32-bit version of
To see if you are running the 64-bit version of AA, press the ABOUT
button. You should see the following version string:
Ancestral Author 2.9d - 64 bit
In addition, the following bugs have been fixed: