TreeDraw

by SpanSoft (Nick Hunter)
TreeDraw is a specialized graphics editor for creating high quality genealogical drop-line charts. A version is available that is designed to work specifically with the program: Legacy. They also have a TreeDraw Viewer utility that is free.

Purchase • Windows • Utility
http://www.spansoft.org/trdrw.php
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TreeDraw Review by Rodney Fry,  Mar 8, 2011

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

I have used the both programs, KKPro & TreeDraw, since 1995, through Win 3.1, 95, 98 and now XP. The primary reason was the tree produced by TreeDraw was exactly as I wanted it, that is plain text, no clutter, descendant tree layout (other arrangements can be selected if the user wants them) and best of all every graphical element of the tree can be changed as to how you want it to appear, the fonts, the colours, the lines, and you can even add extra text onto the tree irrespective of the tree itself. For example, all the family surnames in my tree are highlighted by using a red font colour. Iinserted a title text which lists all the surnames in the tree and the primary source parish. If you want to put boxes round families then this is easily done, but it is not my taste.

The discussion forum is available and the response has always been very quick.
I hadn’t thought of trying P. Seton’s idea of house plans with it, but it is quite true - one does not need to import anything just start with the blank new window!

Biggest Pro: Totally customisable with every graphical element variable or insert new ones
Biggest Con: One needs to use it a few times to get used to all the possibilites

TreeDraw Review by P Seton,  Mar 1, 2011

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

Possibly the most wonderful tool to create lovely graphic trees. Highly recommended. As an extra that Nick probably never envisaged you can also draw house plans!

Biggest Pro: Allows one to present a really interesting tree in a beautiful format with all the information
Biggest Con: Manipulating a very wide tree to avoid page breaks could be better

TreeDraw Review by Ronald D. Doctor,  May 30, 2010

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

I have been using TreeDraw for about 8 years. It is the only program I have found that allows me to create an “Everyone” tree that includes all collateral family. Customization is relatively straightforward although there is a bit of a learning curve. The program makes it reasonably easy to move boxes around so that large families are grouped together rather than being spread out too far. A trackball-like device on screen is used for navigating around the tree, but the program could be improved by adding more conventional navigation tools. I highly recommend this program to anyone who needs a full tree. Support from Nick Hunter is superb.

Biggest Pro: Everyone tree with customization
Biggest Con: Supplement the “trackball-like” navigation with conventional navigation tools.

TreeDraw Review by Frank,  May 31, 2009

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

Absolutely love this program. No other charting software can be manipulated like this.

Biggest Pro: Customization
Biggest Con: English only help

TreeDraw Review by RedKobold,  May 14, 2009

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

TreeDraw is still the only genealogy charting software which allows you produce fully customized charts. It’s like a drawing program which imports family tree charts.

The TreeDraw Web site is at http://treedraw.spansoft.org

Family trees are imported into TreeDraw from “Kith and Kin Pro” databases or from GEDCOM files produced by other genealogy programs. After importing the tree data, you can re-arrange the tree and add extra text and graphics before storing or printing.

With TreeDraw it is easy to produce perfectly laid out charts and incorporate pictures, clip-art and other simple graphics. You have control over which data TreeDraw imports and how it formats it, so charts may be as complex or as simple as you wish.

Additional text elements may be entered manually to provide titles, headings, comments, etc.

As well as text, you can place into the chart simple graphics (lines, boxes, circles) and images like pictures, clip-art, diagrams, etc.

You can export your chart as an Adobe PDF file which can be viewed on any PC with the Acrobat Reader or used at a commercial printer for large format printing.

Biggest Pro: Fully cusomizable charts
Biggest Con: Not free