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Pros / It has multiple output format options.

Cons / This software offers no technical support.

 Verdict / You can complete an array of basic genealogical tasks, but the lack of support and standard features puts Osk at a disadvantage.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it is no longer being updated. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

While the main screen for Osk looks like typical genealogy software, it's difficult to navigate and even more difficult to find answers. Similar software keeps standard features in obvious places. Osk offers little in navigational help. It has some of the features found in other Mac genealogy programs, like a timeline, but it is grainy and outdated. The family tree display is another area where Osk falls short of other genealogy software for Mac. There are only four viewable formats for newly created family trees. Overall, the information is organized, but there is ancestry software that does so with more style and ease.

In terms of genealogy charts, Osk offers only a few, which lack detail and style. Aesthetics aside, family charts only display one child per family, so showing extended family on a chart is a challenge. This family tree software for Mac is only capable of listing traditional nuclear family models composed of a husband, wife and one child. Every family is different, so it's important to see plenty of listing options in a genealogy program. While you can indicate divorce, this software isn't capable of specifying same-sex unions, adopted children, stepchildren or half-siblings.

But for all its flaws, Osk has redeeming features. You can add audio, video and photo files to an individual’s record. And any contact information like address, telephone number and email address for living relatives connects with the individual’s name from your address book on your Mac. Flexible file support is important in genealogy software, especially if you plan to collaborate with others. The best genealogy software should be able to support multiple media files and database types. Osk Mac genealogy software is capable of saving information in multiple file formats, including JPG, GEDCOM, PNG and HTML.

Osk's biggest disadvantage is its lack of support, especially since it's such difficult software. While Osk has a help tab within the software, clicking it does not produce the expected dropdown menu of options. Instead, the only in-software help is a help search with keywords. You won't find any articles or tutorials to guide you through tasks. A quick tour of the software developer’s website shows no online help whatsoever. You can check for software updates from within the application itself, but that's the only support feature available for this Mac family tree software.

Summary

Osk has the bare features of genealogy software to help you chart basic family units. However, families extend beyond parents and children. You can't add other relationship details such as step or adopted family. This application can help you organize your basic family history, but its user interface and scarce features are frustrating.

Specifications and Benchmarks

Web Capabilities

Accuracy Score
Import/Export GEDCOM Files
Connect to Web
Create Web Page
FamilySearch Certified
Connect to Genealogy Search
Connect to FamilySearch.org
Connect to Ancestry.com
Import Online Sources
Sync Trees to Web
Web Hints

Charting Capabilities

Number of Chart Types
3
Number of Report Types
2
Custom Data Fields
Create Ancestor Pedigree Reports
Print Books
Print Wall Charts
Print Forms
Background Templates

Creating Connections

Religious Options
Multimedia Support
Privacy Options
List Multiple Marriages
List Same-Sex Marriages
List Adoptive or Foster Relationships
Problem-Spotter Alerts
Renumber Individuals
County Pop-Up Selections
Family History Map
DNA Results
Automatic Age Display

Help & Support

Online Resources
Printed Material
Video Tutorials
FAQs
Email
Telephone

Supported Configurations

Windows 10
Windows 8
Windows 7
Mac
Mac OS X Sierra
Minimum Mac OS X Support

Citation & Organization

Link Sources to Media Files
Relationship Calculator
Soundex Calculator
Rating System for Sources
Auto-Format Source Citations
To-Do Lists