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by Louis Kessler
A┬áprogram that is output-based┬árather than input based. It features an “Everything Report” that displays all your data and allows you to reorganize families as you want. Behold has a blog: Behold Blog.

Purchase • Windows • Utility • Builds Website
Overall132.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 5 2.75
201532 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00
201424.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 5 4.45
Earlier83.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97

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Behold Review by Anonymous & Disgruntled,  Jun 21, 2015

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Having just visited the site and read the last couple of reviews of Behold I am now prompted to add my own comments in the hope that the author reads these reviews, has some interest in what his funders think; and most importantly takes some notice and addresses the serious shortcomings highlighted:

1. More than 8 Years to deliver a Gedcom reader, no matter what the quality!!!!?

2. More than 5 Years ago full editing capability was promised within 18 months, now it’s 2 Years away!!!!

3. 3 months ago the latest update was supposed to be ready - Just needed documentation updating - 3 months later - NO UPDATE has yet appeared!!!!!!!!!!

4. Can anyone believe that Editing Capability is ever likely to be delivered based on the above facts? At the very least it should have been possible to provide an integrated text editing capability by now, to perform corrective action when errors in a Gedcom File are identified. Gedcom is, after all, just a text file and there are any number of plain text editors around that prove editing is easily possible.

5. Does anyone really want to pay “Only $40 US for a lifetime license”, or think that is good value for money, for a Gedcom Reader in this day and age????? Just compare that with the price of most fully functional family history software.

6. Should the author concentrate on delivering the software he promises on his website to those who have been willing to invest $40 US, rather than being constantly diverted by philosophical discussions which go nowhere, and which are of little interest to those who simply want to see genuine progress towards the delivery of the software product promised?

I would urge readers of these reviews to consider the above questions before parting with any of their money. And, if you want to work directly with Gedcom files, take a serious look at the capabilities of Family Historian coupled with the ‘freeware’ Ancestral Sources for source-based input (on Windows) or GEDitCom (on Mac OS X)

Biggest Pro: It’s a good GEDCOM Reader but, given the demise of most one-trick software of this type, is it really needed?
Biggest Con: Extremely expensive for what it delivers and what it is ever likely to deliver.

Behold Review by SimonD,  Jun 21, 2015

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

I fully endorse the previous review. This IS an excellent gedcom utility, but one which shows no sign of delivering on the Developer’s wider promises of a fully functional genealogy program and new way working.

If others progressed at a similar pace with development we would now still all be on Windows 3.1, using Wordstar, Lotus 123 and Dbase II.

Biggest Pro: Excellent at reading and interpreting gedcom data, no matter the source.
Biggest Con: Shows no sign of progressing beyond being a gedcom reader

Behold Review by Ardeslawe,  Jun 21, 2015

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

Yes, the software provides an excellent GEDCOM Reader, but Editing capability has now been promised for several years and, after all the time it has been in development this capability is still constantly TWO YEARS into the future, at best; and given that it is now over two years since the last update was delivered, I fear I will be one of my own family’s long departed ancestors before such capability is delivered, if it ever is! The next update was originally scheduled, three months after the last one.

In my opinion, the developer needs to seriously review his goals and priorities; and look to deliver at least some of what existing customers and potential purchasers really want to see, instead of ’simply’ focussing on what seems to be a personal quest for the perfect GEDCOM Reader.

Still, on the positive side, he probably still has plenty of time to deliver on the quest for GEDCOM perfection before ‘the great and the good’ can manage to agree and implement a replacement standard and he has to ‘rub it out and draw it again’. I would suggest the Year 3000 for that target if there’s to be a further revision of the software development timetable.

Biggest Pro: It’s probably the best GEDCOM Reader in the world.
Biggest Con: With constant revisions, delays and extensions to the development timescale, it will probably never deliver what was promised; and what licence purchasers have bought into.

Behold Review by Anne,  Jun 26, 2014

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

This program is great for ensuring GEDCOM compliance. Also for the reports. However it needs the editing and saving to be a true Family Tree program.

Biggest Pro: GEDCOM compliance checking
Biggest Con: No editing

Behold Review by Linda,  Mar 7, 2014

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

This program prepares a report that I have never found in other programs.

Biggest Pro: You can print out everyone and everything in your research
Biggest Con: no input procedure, but the output more than makes up for it.

Behold Review by Will Chapman,  Jan 22, 2013

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

A really different and exciting approach to the management and display of genealogical data.

Still under development, it is realy only a way to display data. WIll take several more years to mature but well worth supporting even in its current stage of development

Biggest Pro: Its potential
Biggest Con: Development is ongoing and misses its own deadlines with the result that progress is not steady

Behold Review by Alex,  May 16, 2012

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

Behold keeps getting better.

Biggest Pro: Reads all GEDCOM files.
Biggest Con: Reader only at this stage

Behold Review by Hendrik Acket,  Aug 13, 2011

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Easy to use, great output because of the “everything” report ! Just great !

Biggest Pro: ease of use, possibilities to organsie the output
Biggest Con: still waiting for the ‘input’ part, but will be ready soon ?

Behold Review by Sam,  Jul 13, 2011

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Great GEDCOM reading tool, every genealogist should have in their tool kit. Opens GEDCOMs really fast and displays as a single easy to read single page report.

Biggest Pro: Fast to open GEDCOM files
Biggest Con: Still a Beta release

Behold Review by Peter Gutenstein,  Jan 16, 2011

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Is very extensive and will be great when the editing feature is included.

Biggest Pro: Complete overview

Behold Review by Brett,  Jan 16, 2011

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Once out of Beta and editing introduced, this will be great. In the interim, the everything report is the most comprehensive available. Great for output reports.

Biggest Pro: Output
Biggest Con: Not yet editable

Behold Review by claude callender,  May 28, 2010

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

I have been using this little-big program since the Alpha release. Even then, it was the program I had long wished for and it was a dream come true.

Biggest Pro: Fast, presents data every way a person would need it.
Biggest Con: Slow on updates. But developer has been over-whelmingly busy.

Behold Review by Mick Reed,  Oct 5, 2008

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

This is a terrific programme. If only it could read The Master Genealogist files directly. But then I suppose everyone would want it to read their own favourite programme.

Thanks Louis

Biggest Pro: Ease of use and flexibility
Biggest Con: Still under development but promises great things