Matters 5 Beta
Welcome to the MatterWare™
Family Matters® Genealogy Software Web
page, for the new beta version, 5.00.xx, initially
5.00.01 and now 5.00.02. Once out of beta it will be designated 5.01.
Development is ongoing with Microsoft Access 2010, and will be free to all
registered users. In addition to the upgrade to a newer version of Access, the
following features and changes have been incorporated:
View now shows the picture and the associated data on the same
List and Family List Views combined, and expanded to include Sources,
Repositories, Birthdays, and others ;
Help and Manual files now integrated into the program;
scroll wheel allows scrolling within large text (aka memo) fields;
- All form
views and report previews remember their last size and position;
reports in PDF and other formats;
- Menu bar
and button bar integrated into Microsoft "fluent" ribbon;
- Bug fixes
reported and collected over the last few years.
Download-wise, I will post the zip files here:
If Access 2010 is already installed in your computer, or
the Access 2010 runtime is installed, that's all you will need. As luck would
have it, .accde files are different for 32-bit Access
and 64-bit Access. Family Matters is developed and compiled
with 32-bit Access 2010. There is also a version
here compiled with Access 2007.
The zip-file includes all needed files with:
- the 32-bit Family Matters program, compiled with 32-bit Access 2010.
- same, compiled with 32-bit Access 2007.)
- empty Family Matters data file for use when a New file is created (do
Installation is simply to unzip the files into a folder
such as ...\My Documents\Family Matters\. If you were a past user of Family
Matters 97, you may choose to unzip them into ...\My Documents\Famat97\, though the former will be the preferred location
going forward. There isn't a setup file to run. To run the program
just run Famat2010.accde with your 32-bit Access, version 2007 or later.
If you are using Windows 10 your computer may set up the Access 2016 Runtime
for you. If you do not have any version of Access, go to the Microsoft web site
to download and install the free 32-bit Access 2010 Runtime at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10910.
Note that Access 2010 is
recommended because that's the version used for development, but the file
format is also compatible with Access versions 2013 and 2016. If you already
have Access 2007 or the 2007 Runtime installed, Famat2007.accde is for you.
menu-bar and button-bar as not as integrated into the ribbon as I'd like.
They are located in the ribbon-tab identified as Add-ins.
of Microsoft Access other than 2010 have had little to no testing.
no 64-bit version - please let me know if you need that.
Should you decide to
participate, please email me with the following information:
- Do you
have any version of Microsoft Access installed, and what version. (Once
running, the "About..." dialog will identify the version.)
anything do wrong with the installation. If so,
- Did any
error messages or errant operation occur when running Family Matters. Please be as explicit as possible.
version of Windows are you using?
- Did you
have an earlier version of Family Matters installed, and if so what
version of the Family Matters beta release did you attempt?
- When running
Family Matters, bring up the About dialog, click
it, and send me the information file that is stored.
information describing any mis-operation, error
messages, and anything you'd like to see different.