Playing with MemoryMiner (of which more soon)

(updated) I’ve been sitting down and seriously working in MemoryMiner, MacOS software for organizing family photos based on person/place/date and interconnections. Tomorrow, I’ll attend a local Macintosh event where John Fox, MemoryMiner’s developer, will attend. I’m compiling a list of questions for him about the software, and will probably record an interview. (yes, more podcasting is in order!) My goal is to create something to show with MemoryMiner for the upcoming session on Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Vloggercon in about (gulp!) three weeks.

UPDATE: After sitting down with John Fox at the MacGathering, I’ve gotten some of my “why does this happen when I do that?” questions answered (always a good thing) and I’ve gleaned a couple of news tidbits to share about MemoryMiner. Version 1.1 will be out very soon (a matter of weeks, not months). It’s got more compatibility with other software, specifically:

Genealogy software’s GEDCOM file format. Export your work from Family Tree Maker or Reunion or others (lists of Windows and Mac genealogy applications) and import it into MemoryMiner. (Don’t repeat work you’ve done already. Yay!)

Mapping software: Use Google Earth to pinpoint a location where a photo was taken, and export that information. Then import into MemoryMiner.

Better export: MemoryMiner will export images, text, accompanying links and audio into a small, self-contained flash-based website. (three examples are explained and linked to from here)

Self-contained libraries: MemoryMiner builds a database of information about your photos, but aside from small JPEG previews, it leaves your photos where they are on your computer. But if you want to share everything with someone else, what can you do? The self-contained libraries feature helps there, making it possible to keep everything in one large enclosed space that you can then pass off to someone else (for additional comments, stories from them, for instance).

Real Soon Now (not for the 1.1 release, but in the works): Cross-platform compatibility: MemoryMiner will release a Windows version of the software. That’s good. This is software that needs to play well with others.

I recorded an interview with John Fox; I’ll be putting it together into a podcast and uploading it soon. (a matter of days, not week)

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 18, 2006 in • Family History Software
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