Only two releases later, and this one I’m VERY pleased with. See the Behold History page for a list of the changes.
All outstanding problems I know of are fixed, and this beta version is the first that I can say that it finally produces as good (if not better) an Everything Report as did the last alpha version, 0.98.99 from 07 Oct 2008. It’s taken over a year and a half. The virtualization of the Everything Report was tough to implement, and changed a lot internally.
But the completion of the alpha also mean’t that functionally, Behold was ready. It was just flawed because it was too big and too fat, loading the entire report into memory. Where the alpha took almost two minutes and 1.35 GB of RAM to load a 100,000 person 25 MB GEDCOM file, the current beta takes under 8 seconds and uses 180 MB of RAM.
So the beta has been an attempt to now deliver that functionality in a nicely packaged well-performing program with a standard user interface that looks and feels more like a word processor than a genealogy program.
Now onwards towards the version 1.0 release.