Pedigree-Draw 6


Pedigree-Draw 6 is a Macintosh OS X application that provides for creation, editing and drawing of pedigrees, or family trees, of human or non-human extended family lineages. It was developed originally for use in analyzing population data gathered for biomedical and genetic research. Although not designed as a genealogical database per se, the program can be used to collect and edit biographical data found in the course of family history research, as well as pictures of family members, and display or print those data in hierarchical diagrams suitable for publication. Output may also be saved in Portable Document Format (PDF) for distribution via the Internet, or posting on websites.

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Upgrade Notes

Pedigree-Draw 6 is an upgrade of Pedigree/Draw 5.1, developed as a native Macintosh OS X application under the “Carbon” environment, using Absoft Fortran Pro/C++ Version 8.2. A host of minor bugs in the original code have been corrected, error reporting has been improved and several feature enhancements have been added:
  • Processing speed has been increased.

  • Display refresh is faster and smoother, with a new option for automatic update when style options are changed.

  • Windows/DOS text files containing Pedigree-Draw-formatted data may now be opened directly and converted to OS X format.

  • Pedigree diagrams may now be save as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

  • The pedigree display is now re-positioned automatically so that the symbol for the active record in the Edit Ego dialog is always visible in the Diagram window.

  • An option to allow labeling of individual symbol displays by generation, and sequence within a generation, is now available.

  • Support has been added for custom page widths or heights up to 450 inches to facilitate uninterrupted printing on continuous roll printers.

  • Desktop startup from Pedigree-Draw files, and Drag-and-Drop capabilities have been expanded.

  • The Style menu has been expanded to allow Bold and Italic faces to be applied to symbol text displays.

  • Support for the importing of “Pre-MakePed” LINKAGE pedigree files has been extended.

Standard Features
  • Version 6 for is configured for a maximum of 2600 records and runs under Macintosh OS X 10.3 (Panther) and 10.4 (Tiger).

  • Pedigree images larger than screen size are viewed through a scrolling screen display. The entire pedigree may be reduced to screen size or viewed at intermediate sizes.

  • An interactive editor is provided for the entry and updating of pedigree records. Records may also be imported from population databases able to generate tab-delimited text (ASCII) files containing the basic individual and parental identifiers, along with an optional amount of biographical information.

  • Up to 120 characters of text may be stored for each individual, and displayed in formats of 5 x 24, 10 x 12, 15 x 8, 20 x 6, or 30 x 4 (lines x characters per line). Text lines may be displayed as two columns separated by a vertical divider line. Any installed font can be assigned to text output and several type sizes are available.

  • Birth and death dates may be stored for each individual and displayed in one of four formats.

  • Four attribute symbol palettes are provided, containing over 50 iconographic and textual symbols for the representation of genetic traits, demographic information, etc. Symbol descriptions and codes may be edited and stored; a legend may be printed. Symbols may be assigned differing patterns and colors.

  • A single symbol may represent more than one individual, and childless couples may be depicted. Marital status may be specified for human data. Gender order of parental symbols may be kept absolute.

  • A picture may be assigned to an individual to be displayed within the symbol.

  • Multiple births (twins, triplets etc.) may be identified and represented by special symbols. Sibship birth order may be maintained to a point.

  • Standard European and North American diagramming conventions, and a mating node graph style are supported. Multiple matings are represented, up to a maximum of 50 for a single individual.

  • Consanguineous matings are identified and marked; inbreeding coefficients may be displayed.

  • Pedigree-Draw is designed to work with any printer using the standard Macintosh printing interface. Publication-quality typefaces, and 25% to 400% image size scaling are available. With a fan-fold, or continuous roll paper printer (such as the HP DesignJet 500), page-break-free sideways printing of multi-page pedigree diagrams is possible.

  • Segments of large pedigrees are printed on separate sheets that join precisely to form a display larger than standard paper size.

  • Output may be saved as a PICT or PDF file for editing or viewing in other programs. The pedigree diagram may also exported using the Clipboard.

Companion Database System

PEDSYS, the Pedigree Data Management System used to manage population data in the Department of Genetics at SFBR, has a number of functions designed to accommodate Pedigree-Draw data, including transfer of files between applications and automated assignment of pedigree symbols on the basis of stored data values. PEDSYS is available from the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research website.

Updated 28 Apr 2007