I saw a brief presentation at RootsTech yesterday by John Sumsion regarding The Next Generation (TNG) genealogy software. It is very similar to the open source PHP software which we are already using at http://halefam.org/FamilyHistory/. He mentioned that he had recently installed it and uploaded a GEDCOM file and within seconds he had a nice looking, dynamic web site with all of his genealogy data. $30 seems like a very reasonable price for what it seemed to give him. (He didn’t have time to go into very many of the features)
I’m not ready to rush out and replace our own software, but I find it interesting to see new and improved offerings in the market, whether open source or for a fee… much more than what was available when I searched through the options and chose PhpGedview for our own Hale Family Organization. I don’t know how many of you might remember that our first web site had static HTML pages that were generated from PAF. It was such a pain to work with and had to be recreated each time that the data changed. Things have certainly improved, but still have room for improvement.