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For a hobby that revolves around dead people, genealogy is remarkably popular: it's the fastest growing scene in North America. And a perfect study for Vertigo's latest exercise: an exploration of Microsoft’s latest UI technology, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). Technology + Genealogy = Two –ologies!

Version 3.0 Now Available (February 23rd, 2009)

·         Moved the application to Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5

·         Now uses the new .familyx file format (Open Package Convention) to save family data, stories, and photos in one file.

·         The most requested feature from Codeplex: you can now create relationships between existing family members!

·         WPF 3.5 Data Validation

·         The histogram and data grid controls are now re-usable and to prove it, we created a new hands-on lab that shows how to re-use the controls.

·         Enhanced tooltip that shows family relationships

·         UX Enhancements

Are You an Amateur Genealogist?

Your friends told us Family.Show is a compelling, enjoyable experience and is unlike any other genealogy application out there, and that makes us extremely happy! But please keep in mind that Family.Show is not a “real product”. It’s more like a concept car that we built for geeky programmers and designers so they can poke around under the hood and test-drive some new and exciting Microsoft technology.

Since it’s not a product, we don’t support it. But don’t let that stop you from kicking the tires (and from sending us your comments)! Remember that any work you do in Family.Show can be exported in the standard GEDCOM file format for reuse in any of the leading genealogy products. Enjoy!

Are You a Programmer or Designer?

Our designers harnessed every trick in the WPF book– styles, resources, templates, data binding, animation, transforms– to present an innovative visualization of the classic family tree, freeing our developers to concentrate on behind-the-scenes features like XPS, P/Invoke wrapper for Windows Vista common dialogs, and ClickOnce for WPF. It’s a good example of what a small team of talented people can do with WPF.

If you’re a programmer and want to learn more, or you’re not a programmer and want something to help you sleep at night, pull down the source code at CodePlex. You’ll also find a really nifty document explaining how we glue all the wires together.

Don’t Cha Wish Your Program Was Hot Like Me?

At Vertigo we tackle impossible projects for our clients by combining the latest WPF, Silverlight, and .NET Framework 3.0 technologies with our expert designers and developers. If you like what you’ve seen with this app, wait till you see what we can do with yours. Scroll to the bottom and call us.

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clip from Family.Show video Wondering how this all works?

Watch a five minute video of Family.Show in action, recorded right here at Vertigo by Scott Stanfield.


The way you simplified the interface for this concept (genealogy, spelled right?) was very good. The team also seems very capable and unique.
–- Fabio Pedrosa.

This is just a gorgeous program. The graphics are extremely scalable, the visuals and animations are smooth an appealing, and the overall program design is just so well done. Good job, Vertigo. Folks, if this doesn't demonstrate to you how Windows Vista is simply an awesome platform for next generation applications, I don't know what will.
–- Kurt Shintaku

It's the best user interface that I ever saw. Congratulations and thanks for the source code 8-).
–- Jose Manual Ortiz.

As impressed as I am by what you’ve done with the software, I was equally impressed with the video.
–- Bill Seddon

What a fantastic app. I Love It.
–-Doug Bornyk

I think it's an outstanding piece of work and shows not only the power of WPF but also some serious development/design skills.
–- David Robertshaw

This is incredible application. So nice and powerful. That is exactly what I am searching for in applications: Simplicity, Power and Beauty. I like WPF and your application shows its abilities to write powerful applications with so nice and useful UI interface. Thank you very much for sharing the idea and source. You cannot imagine how many people was impressed by it, including myself.
–- Armen Ayvazyan

First of all I’ve gotta say “good job.” What a beautiful app. Based on every other WPF app I’ve seen I was getting worried about WPF performance on Windows XP. I have a decent system and so far I hadn’t seen any WPF apps with decent functionality that didn’t run painfully slow while maxing out my processor. Yours is the first. It runs great and looks good while doing it.
–- Steve Hiner