Well, it’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally got some screenshots to show.  Before we show them to you, though, a few things to know:

  • These are actual, live screenshots, not simply mockups.  The data is live and clickable.
  • These are not complete!  This is round one.  I’d call these about 80-85% done at this point.  They’re not pixel-perfect, some of our test data is still in there, etc.  But barring any major problems or amazing suggestions in the feedback, the final screens will look pretty much like they are shown here.
  • That said, we absolutely want your feedback on anything and everything.  We can’t promise to fit all suggestions or complaints into the final screens, but we’ll take everything under advisement.  That’s why we’ve adopted such an open design and development process.

We have five screenshots to share in this first round.  Each will be presented in a separate blog post (links below) in order to keep things focused.

  1. User Profile Screen and User Notes:  This one is first because it shows and explains most of the “common” elements on the screen.  It also shows the support for rich-text notes about a person.
  2. User Tree: Shows the “Tree” tab of the user profile with a pedigree chart.  There’s a lot going on here, so lots of notes to explain everything.
  3. Timeline:  Shows our current implementation of the Timeline view of events within a user’s lifetime.
  4. Tags: [this post] Shows and explains the concept of tags and how they can be used to associate people, places and events together in an ad-hoc manner
  5. To-Do List: Shows the implementation of a task list for work to be done related to an individual person.


Tags are a way of grouping content – people, places, locations, documents, to-do items and more.  They can be used for filtering, sorting, coloring, searching, reports, etc.  There are two types of tags in Origins – System and User:

A: System tags that are automatically assigned by Origins based on facts associated with a person, place, event, etc.  These can only be added or removed by changing the associated facts

B: User tags are based on whatever you like and can be added or removed as you see fit.  Adding a new tag is simply a matter of typing it in.  Remove a tag by clicking the x within the tag itself.

C: This list shows the available tags – ones you have used elsewhere in your family trees.  You can assign a tag by either clicking it in this list or typing it in.  If you start typing a tag, Origins will show a dropdown list of tags similar to what you’ve begun typing after you enter the first few characters.


That’s Tags.  What do you think?  We’d love to hear your thoughts or any ideas you have in the comments.


Dave & Lil