webGED Progenitor 4 - Production Version
The webGED Progenitor software package has been released as a production version. Running as a stand-along program on a Windows PC, webGED Progenitor 4 accepts a standard "gedcom" genealogy file as input and generates an associated set of output files that constitute a sophisticated genealogy web-site. These site files can be simply uploaded to file-space on one's Internet Service Provider.
The Progenitor 4 program runs on the user's computer and generates web-site pages that can be uploaded to the user's pages on his ISP. The program has preserved much of the user interface from Progenitor 2. There is an updated user's manual, which describes the current interface and gives instructions for the use of the program.
An example of a web-site generated by Progenitor 4 can be viewed at "Sample Site"
A complementary copy of the Progenitor 4 software may be downloaded free of charge. No registration is required and the fully-functional complementary production version will be able to be run indefinitely. The web-sites generated by this complementary copy will also continue to function. Although Crestline Enterprises may attempt to provide best-effort maintenance support for the complementary production version of Progenitor 4, no guarantees can be made in that regard.
But, why is this a complementary release? Several factors influenced the form of this release:
- The web-site code is entirely new and very complex. Although testing has been fairly extensive, it is likely that at least some users' input gedcom-files will present unanticipated problems.
- It is not clear how comercially viable the new Progenitor will be. More alternatives for posting genealogy data on the web exist today than had existed back in 2002 and the advanced features of the new Progenitor may not be as attractive to a potential user as hoped.