SpeedBMD was developed by Peter Cox and tested by members of the NZ syndicate, especially Chris Lloyd who also created the pre-1852 District file.
Peter is most grateful for the sterling efforts of Barrie Archer, Nick Tatham, Peter Watts, Stephen Carter and Stephen Cope in testing the new features of version 1.10 and for coming up with lots of good ideas for improvements.
Peter is also very grateful to Barry D, John Slann, Kenneth Hyde, Mary Muir, Tony McHugh and Steve Gaunt for their efforts in beta testing this release. They found a few remaining bugs and annoyances, which has helped to make this a stable and user-friendly release.
Ben Hines has written a Macintosh version of SpeedBMD which is available from here. Please note this version only works on Mac Operating System (OS) version 10.6 (i.e. Snow Leopard) or earlier.
Peter Adams has developed an updated version of MacBMD which is likely to be called MacBMD-X. Discussions are taking place with Peter for it to be made available for download from a link on this page. MacBMD-X works on Mac OS versions 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and should also work on the earlier MAC OS versions 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
Andrew Higgs has written a Linux version of SpeedBMD which is available from here
This program helps with the process of verifying completed WinBMD and SpeedBMD entries against the orginal scan. This Windows program is written by David Lang and is available (including previous versions) from here.
A very easy to use and useful image viewer is available free from any one of these sites. If one is not available or slow to access at least one of the others should be available.
Graham Cannon has kindly provided Lotus Approach Import Templates for FreeBMD datasets. They are in the form of a self-extracting zip file, which can be found here. The file contains a README.TXT and the templates.
N.B. whilst the author has taken care to avoid viruses and other problems with this file, you run it at your own risk. Please let us know of any problems.
Bob Phillips has kindly produced a couple of files to help FreeBMD transcribers. They are a surname list and a district list sorted by volume.
N.B. These can be used as an assistance to transcribing but transcribers should not use the list as a means of guessing and modifying the transcription. It is important to transcribe what you see, not what you think might have been intended. These files may be downloaded here.
We've had a lot of problems with compatibility between various versions of SSH and CVS on Windows, so here's a zip file containing a version we know works!
N.B. You only need CVS and SSH if you are doing development work on FreeBMD!
Here's how to install and run it.
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