After several rumors and sputters in recent years, FamilySearch has made an official announcement. PAF is dead.
The announcement was made in several venues. One came as a small item buried in a newsletter to family history consultants:
Beginning July 15, 2013, PAF will be retired and will no longer be available for download or support. For more details on this PAF announcement, click here.
A more lengthy announcement was posted to the FamilySearch blog.
“For the last several years, FamilySearch has focused on building relationships with partner organizations to deliver better overall services to the market,” wrote David Pugmire. “The past several years have seen Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree, and RootsMagic introduced as significantly better alternatives to PAF.” Each of these products support two-way synchronization with FamilySearch Family Tree. I assume products like Ancestry.com’s Family Tree Maker were not listed because they lack this synchronization. (Compatible products are listed at https://familysearch.org/products/.)
Yesterday, 20 June 2013, RootsMagic announced that it is “Share+” (notice the “+”) certified to work with Family Tree. This makes RootsMagic 6 the first product to support desktop access to some of the collaborative features of Family Tree. These include discussions, sources, watch and change history.
For more information about the discontinuation of PAF, see http://familysearch.org/PAF.