Going into Ancestry the other day, I noticed some new, exciting features that weren’t there last week!
They added a fresh, new look to everything, and they are trying out a new photo editor tool!
Ancestry’s New Look Updates:
The new look has a more modern look and feel, that I’m not sure how I feel about yet. I love the background color; I feel that it’s really pleasing to the eyes and is a great added feature! Sadly, I'm not very keen on the teardrop shaped thumbnails of my ancestors in the pedigree or family views, nor the ancestor profiles; I feel they are too small, and I particularly don’t like the teardrop shape. I love the soft, rounded edges of the pedigree and family view ancestor blocks though! I feel that the male and female thumbnails are a little too modern for me. In my opinion, when it comes to my ancestors, I would like it to reflect the past more. I also liked the leaf hint symbols as they were before. So, in short, I love the new colors and soft, rounded edges, but not I'm not quite on board with the other new updates to the look. 😉
Ancestry’s New Photo Editor:
Still in BETA mode, Ancestry.com is making their new photo editor available to a limited number of customers. You can select a photo from the gallery in your tree to colorize, restore, and enhance. Then you can click the feedback button to let them know what you think!
The new photo tool has it’s ups and downs, just as MyHeritage did at the beginning. Of course, it’s in Beta mode, and I’m sure it will be fine tuned again and again in the process. I tried it out on many photos thus far, and some are better than others, while some come out worse. There are three options: colorize, restore, and enhance. As I tested many photos in the new tool, I seemed to find that you can only use one feature at a time, such as color only, not color and enhance together. Some of my photos that could not be enhanced in MyHeritage, because faces couldn’t be detected, were able to be edited here. Some of the photos were colorized differently each time I edited the same photo, and some drastically different. Some of the photos colorized in the other modes, and sometimes there was no difference between the modes. Some of my paper copies, previously enhanced, or manipulated photos, enhanced much better here than in MyHeritage, while many of the digital copies from originals are enhanced much better in MyHeritage. This will be another fantatstic genealogy resource that you can use for your family history, once they fine tune it! I'm not sure if this feature will be considerd an extra premium product to use or if it will be included in the prices they have now; we'll just have to wait and see!
Check out the new look, and if you're lucky enough to have been selected to try this new BETA feature, then have some fun and go into Ancestry.com and give it a try now! 😊
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I'd love to read your thoughts on these new features!
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Evalogue.Life, Heart of the Family, Molly's Canopy, Climbing My Family Tree, Cami Mayer, Field Genealogist, Ancestor Detective, DNA Breakthroughs, Your DNA Guide, Ancestral Findings, Genealogy Tip of the Day, Family History Daily, Genea-Musings
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