How BRANCHES differs from other genealogy software programs


BRANCHES is built on the philosophy that “simpler is better”. The trend in genealogy computing programs (and computer programs in general) is to portray raw data with fancy graphics, boxes, icons, buttons and vibrant colors. For example, this is a family screen from a highly respected genealogy program:
This is the screen with all the formatting: This is the same screen with only the data:
As you can see, there is very little information presented on a screen. Even a pedigree tree only shows direct line individuals with a name and maybe a birth year. Most information has to be accessed via multiple screens. The BRANCHES approach is to focus on raw data and present the data in a concentrated form. BRANCHES uses the same methods as Google Maps to display and access data. Here are the fundamental differences between BRANCHES and other software programs.


BRANCHES:  

1. SHOWS ALL YOUR DATA ON ONE SCREEN


Other Software Programs BRANCHES

Shows 6 persons with basic information.

Shows 40,000 persons with all data.
 
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2. ZOOMS IN TO SEE DETAIL


Other Software Programs BRANCHES

Click through 5 to 7 screens to see all the information for a person.

Just roll the mouse wheel to see all the information for a person.

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3. SHOWS WHERE YOU ARE WORKING


Other Software Programs BRANCHES

Where am I working in my data?

Always know where you are working.

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4. SHOWS ALL RELATIONSHIPS


Other Software Programs BRANCHES
See only direct line persons. See all relationships.

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5. SHOWS ALL EVENTS, SOURCES, DOCUMENTS, NOTES & MULTIMEDIA


Other Software Programs BRANCHES

You have to click on multiple screens to see all the data related to a person or family.

See all data including events, sources, multimedia, notes, etc. just by zooming in.

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6. PROVIDES CONTEXT MENUS TO ACCESS FUNCTIONS


Other Software Programs BRANCHES

Icons must be memorized and used at the right time. Learning time can be long.

Context menus (right click over an individual or family) are more efficient.

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7. DISPLAYS CONCENTRATIONS OF DATA IN YOUR DATABASE


Other Software Programs BRANCHES

Some programs attempt to show entire databases in a graphic form, however, there is no practical way to see major concentrations.

BRANCHES shows concentrations of people in your data base just like population densities of cities and states. It shows the concentrations in relation to the root person. You can zoom right down into the concentration to see who is there.

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8. SEARCHES FOR INFORMATION IN YOUR DATABASE


Other Software Programs BRANCHES

Most software can perform elaborate searches but the results will show a person or a list of people.

BRANCHES has a Google™ like search. When you search your database for persons, places or information contained in notes, you see the results of your search visually.

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9. PRUNES OUT UNWANTED DATA


Other Software Programs BRANCHES

Most can only prune individuals and families one at a time. Some require an export of certain people and families and the creation of a new database.

Allows easy pruning of your database by drawing a box around the persons you want to prune. Exporting is done in a similar way.

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10. OFFERS OTHER UNIQUE FEATURES


FUNCTION OTHERS BRANCHES
Find holes where more work is needed. Only able to show select portions of your database.
Shows multiple occurrences of the same person (intermarriages). Only shows a list of people. Cannot show where a person appears several times.
Simplifies importing and linking two databases or linking persons. Can be done but not as simply.
Shows all the unlinked persons and groups of persons (trees) in your database. Only available in some software packages.
Makes exporting GEDCOMS and all the associated multimedia easy. Select individuals by drawing a box and then selecting the option to export with multimedia. All the multimedia will be put in a folder for export. Only recently announced in some software programs.

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