Last November, we launched a new tree viewer in an optional preview. If you chose to view your tree using the new view, we gave you the opportunity to tell us what you thought of the changes we’ve made. Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback, we’re turning off the old view and making the new tree viewer a permanent part of our site tonight at 2am MST in conjunction with the scheduled tree maintenance that was blogged about yesterday.
For those that haven’t tried the new viewer and want to know more about the changes, you can click here to read the blog post from November that details all the great new features. Here are some highlights:
- We increased the number of generations you can view at one time in the pedigree view
- We made it possible to drag your tree around the screen to view more of your tree
- We adjusted the borders so the view will expand to the full width and height of your monitor
- We built a new family view so you can see more of your extended family like siblings, aunts and uncles.
We did receive a couple of suggestions from you that we felt would improve the experience and have included those changes in this new feature. One of the most requested changes was to bring back what was formerly called the “Show immediate family” link on the person’s profile page. It’s now called “view family members” but has the same functionality as it did before.
We’ve made a couple of other minor tweaks here and there to make the family view more stable and improve the layout to be more user friendly. We hope you are as excited about this new feature as I am and as so many of our other members. We hope this will help with your genealogy research.