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Original author(s) Nick Hunter
Developer(s) SpanSoft
Initial release August 1994; 20 years ago (1994-08)
Stable release 4.2.0[1] / January 27, 2014; 14 months ago (2014-01-27)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows XP and later
Size 5MB
Available in English (Customizable output for other languages)
Type Genealogy software
License Shareware

TreeDraw is a genealogy program for computers running Microsoft Windows.[2] The program is a chart editor which aids family historians in creating and printing family trees. Developed by SpanSoft, Scotland, the software is distributed as shareware with a free trial period.[3]


TreeDraw is essentially a vector graphics editor which creates various styles of family tree charts[4] using data imported from external sources such as GEDCOM files or Kith and Kin Pro databases.[5] The program allows user manipulation of the imported charts using features common to most drawing programs such as element repositioning and scaling.[5]

File formats[edit]

The program stores data in .TDR (TreeDraw chart) files, TreeDraw's native format. A freeware .TDR file viewer is available.[6] TreeDraw will import data from GEDCOM files or from Kith and Kin Pro databases.[3] The program also exports Adobe PDF files.[3]


The program was first developed by Nick Hunter as a Windows 3.1 program and released as shareware in 1994. In 2001 the first TreeDraw Legacy Edition was released, a special edition of the program which imports data directly from Legacy Family Tree data files.[7]

  • TreeDraw version 1 was released in October 1994.
  • TreeDraw version 2 was released in March 2001.
  • TreeDraw Legacy Edition version 2 was released in April 2001 (there was no V1 of this edition).
  • TreeDraw version 3 was released on 26 April 2009.
  • TreeDraw Legacy Edition version 3 was released on 26 April 2009.
  • TreeDraw version 4 was released on 2 January 2012.[8]
  • TreeDraw Legacy Edition version 4 was released on 8 May 2013.


TreeDraw V1 received the PC Plus Value Award in the October 1996 edition of PC Plus Magazine.[9]


  1. ^ "TreeDraw change log". Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  2. ^ Fry, Rodney (2011-03-08). "TreeDraw". GenSoftReviews. 
  3. ^ a b c "TreeDraw". CNet - 2009-10-22. 
  4. ^ "TreeDraw sample charts". SpanSoft. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  5. ^ a b "TreeDraw features". SpanSoft. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  6. ^ "SpanSoft downloads - utilities". SpanSoft. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  7. ^ "Legacy News: TreeDraw". Millennia Corp. 2007-08-24. 
  8. ^ Baxter, Jean-Yves (2012-01-04). "TreeDraw 4.0.0 Update Released". GeneaNet. 
  9. ^ TreeDraw. PC Plus Magazine, Issue 120, October 1996.

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