Major New Features
Internationalization. Ancestral Quest can now store information in any language in the world, as it now supports Unicode. Whether information is from North America, Europe, Arabia, Israel, Russia, Japan, China, Vietnam, Australia or anywhere else in the world, names, places, and documentation can be recorded in the original language. A new feature allows a user to translate the program itself into any language, so that users in any country can use Ancestral Quest to record their data. Reports can be generated in any language to be sent to relatives anywhere in the world in their native language.
Database Compare and Merge. Compatible databases (including GEDCOM files, AQ files and PAF files) can be compared with a main database. Similarities and differences can be discovered. Then selected new individuals, family lines, or changes can be imported and merged. This revolutionary new feature supplements AQ's Collaboration capability in providing two means of coordinating research efforts in ways that eliminate the tedium of any past methods.
Publish a Family Book. AQ now allows a user to print out any combination of many of its reports under an umbrella of a master Table of Contents and master Index. Reports from AQ can be supplemented with other documents and narratives in a way that allows the user to create a family book from their recorded data in a form ready to be published.
True PAF 5 Compatibility. In 1999, Incline Software helped the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) create their first Windows version of Personal Ancestral File® (PAF), by giving the LDS Church a copy of the AQ source code. With the advent of PAF 5, the LDS Church changed PAF's database, making older versions of both PAF and of AQ incompatible with it. AQ 12 can now again directly edit a PAF 5 database, which means that a user of PAF 5 can use AQ 12 to take advantage of most of the new capabilities of AQ that are not in PAF.
Individual Summary View. All of the information about an individual can be viewed on one screen. This screen can be used as a launch-point to edit any data about the individual, or to navigate to other individuals.
Improved Individual Merge. In prior versions, the user could only control certain pieces of data during the merge process. Now any piece of data can be selected or discarded, and most data from both records can be preserved.
Dropline Descendants Chart. A traditional English style horizontal descendants chart is now available. Family lines and individuals can be specifically excluded to make the chart show just the individuals desired.
Confidentiality. Parents, children and spouses can now be flagged as confidential, so that they will not appear on reports and in GEDCOM files. Family secrets can now be recorded, yet kept confidential.
Sources. Sort the list of sources by author as well as title, making sources easier to find.
LDS Features. A new IGI search and merge screen allows for more efficient reconciling of LDS ordinance information from the online IGI.
Scrapbook Items. Now link to scrapbook items you have stored on the Internet as well as on the hard drive. When a data file is later shared, the pictures do not have to be sent along with the file, as they can be accessed from the Internet.
Find Women by Married Name. A new option in the Name List allows sorting of women by their spouses surname, so they can be located based on their married name.
DNA. DNA test results can be stored.
Marriage Search Screen. In addition to sorting by record number, marriages can now be sorted by name of husband or wife, making it much more natural to locate a couple.
Name Conversions. UPPERCASE NAMES can now be converted to Mixed Case.
Place Conversions. U.S./Canadian State/Province abbreviations can be converted to the full name, and visa versa.
Place Maps. Click on a place name to map the name on an Internet mapping service.
Custom IDs. In addition to Ahnentafel numbering systems, IDs can now be generated using the Henry and Dollarhide systems.
Back/Forward Buttons. Going back to an individual that was recently worked on is much easier with the addition of these browser like buttons.
There are additional features not listed here. See www.ancquest.com/AQ12Features.htm for a complete list.
This new version of Ancestral Quest is available at a reduced price of $29.95. Current users of any prior version of AQ can upgrade for $19.95. Ancestral Quest 12 can be purchased from some bookstores, including Deseret Book stores. It can also be purchased directly from Incline Software from www.ancquest.com, or by calling Incline Software at 1-800-825-8864 (or 1-801-280-4434). A trial version is available for free from the website.