Easily Convert GEDCOM Files to PDF
Ancestral Author Plus is an easy program to use. In it's most simple form, just drag your GEDCOM onto the Ancestral Author Plus desktop icon, and your genealogical research is immediately transformed into a fully hyperlinked, sourced, and indexed PDF document containing every person in your GEDCOM, presented in a modified register style. Why PDF? Click here. To see an example PDF created in this way, click here.
With As Much Control As You Want
Or, if you want more control over the contents of your document, use the simple drag and drop interface to construct a document by inserting title pages, tables of contents, descendant reports, ancestor reports, pictures, chapters with headings, name indexes, source citations, and many other items. For a simple tutorial that explains how to do this, click here.
Ancestral Author Plus automatically inserts hyperlinks into your
document, so you can navigate to parents, spouses, and children of a
person just by clicking a link. No need to scroll through pages, or
consult the name index. Even the table of contents is hyperlinked,
making it simple to find chapters.
Import Text Into Chapters
Chapters and sections are easy to create. You can create customized chapters containing such things as biographical sketches, family stories, discussion of research, acknowledgments, prefaces, appendices, and so on. Just write the text for these sections using a simple text editor or word processor, and import them into your document.
Drag And Drop User Interface
Rearrange chapters and sections by simply dragging them into a new position.
Save Settings In Scripts
Once you've set up your document exactly the way you want, with the right chapters, headings, title page, descendant reports, ancestor reports, and so on, you can save the settings in a script file. From that point forward, import the script file into Ancestral Author and it will automatically regenerate your document with hardly any effort on your part.
Easily Update Documents
When you make changes to your GEDCOM, just open the script file with Ancestral Author Plus, and the document is automatically regenerated, with updated information from the GEDCOM, updated name indexes, source references, tables of contents, etc. This makes it easy to reflect GEDCOM updates into your documents.
Create Open Document Text (ODT) Wordprocessing Documents
Besides PDF, Ancestral Author Plus can create word processing documents that can be viewed and modified with the free LibreOffice or OpenOffice word processing applications. This allows you to modify the documents produced by Ancestral Author Plus in any imaginable way. For more about the relative advantages of PDF vs. word processing output formats, click here.
Automatic Spell Checking And Correction
One of the great benefits of LibreOffice (or OpenOffice) is that it can automatically perform spell checking and correction. Use Ancestral Author Plus to create a document, view it in LibreOffice, and use the Automatic Spell Checking menu item to find and correct spelling errors.
Display Sources As Endnotes or Footnotes
Source citations can be displayed as endnotes, in a separate chapter at the end of the document, or as footnotes, on the same page as the citation.