Updated myblood-line website now also for mobile devices

Hi everybody. We’ve updated our website today. It has a new look. It’s cleaner and we hope you like it.

But why do we do this? The answer is simple. We did it because we wanted to learn more about html5, and websites for mobile devices.
On our home page you can switch to the mobile device website of myblood-line… Currently a lot of people browse the web with mobile devices (iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry…) so this is always useful, but we also will create mobile device websites in myblood-line v2 so you share it all device and needed to experiment with it.
For the more technical people, we removed all Flash code on the site because some mobiel device don’t support it and replaced it with Javascript. We embedded the blog in the site with <iframes>, and use jQuery code for tabs, slide showes and popups. We’ll also use this kind of code in the myblood-line websites we’ll create with myblood-line version 2.

HTML5 Powered with CSS3 / Styling, Device Access, Graphics, 3D & Effects, Multimedia, and Semantics

British Pathe

While looking for some photos and movies of Congo for my family tree, I stumbled over this news and entertainment video film archive.

http://www.britishpathe.com/

The site states “You can view and buy films and still photographs from the entire archive of 90,000 videos covering newsreel, sports footage, social history documentaries, entertainment and music stories from 1896 to 1976.”

There is content from world events, wars, nature… I found it very interesting.

preview 1: myblood-line v2

Hi everybody. This is the first preview of myblood-line version 2.

The screenshot shows the people workspace. The main layout of this workspace has remained the same, but if you look carefully, you can see a number of changes.

* There is a little edit button available to allows you to edit people without making them the focal person.

* The top bar can have several skins (textures) and the layout has been refined to take less window space.

* Dates formatting is new in this version. You can select the date format in the preferences.

* There is a (?) icon available in most windows, here on the right top. Clicking on it will open a stand-alone help application that bring you to the help section about the window.

There will be more to come in the next preview.

MyBlood becomes myblood-line

Hi everybody. Just a small note that the MyBlood name will be replaced with “myblood-line”.
It is more consistent with the website, the blog… People didn’t seem to make thye distinction between MyBlood and myblood-line so we will all call it myblood-line from now on.
The new logo is the 2.0 logo adding a cloud to indicate the extensive sharing possibilities in version 2. We’ll post some screenshots in a few weeks.

Reflecting on 2010

Hello everybody. Looking back on 2010 we’re surprised of what we’ve done with MyBlood is just a year. We released version 1 in November 2009 and had a number of improvements bringing us to version 1.3.

During the summer we decided not to keep bringing new versions every few months, but make a big new release for 2011. So this is what we’re working on for some time now.
We will talk more about this new release and how we see it in upcoming blogs.

For now we wish you happy holidays, and all the best for you and your family.

Atlas Maior: beautiful

This beautiful Atlas Maior is now available from Taschen books for only 49.99 euro.

I find this amazing. Do you remember when taschen book started making cheap books in the early 80′ about well known artists like Picasso, Margritte…? Now that they have done all the artist, pop stars and more, they are starting to reprint old master pieces like this atlas.
The original size is bigger than this book, but wouldn’t fit in a normal bookshelf anyway, so this is fine.

A lower price for MyBlood!

Hello everybody. Today we lowered the price of MyBlood from $59.95 to $49.95.
The price difference for family tree applications on the Mac and PC is considerable. On the Mac $59.95 would not be considered that expensive (Reunion is around $100); on the PC side it seems to be relatively expensive.
That’s why we lowered our price to the more acceptable $49.95 for PC users.

Best regards,
Geert