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 Post subject: Family Tree Maker?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:31 pm 
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I'm using Family Tree Maker 16 and I am pretty unhappy with it. However, transferring all my family history over to a new program and learning that program also sounds like a big deal. Comments?

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 Post subject: Re: Family Tree Maker?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:15 pm 
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I converted from old-style FTM to FTM 2009 back in (naturally) 2009. I hated it at first but I'm adapting (finally, 2 years later). And I think it has some good features.


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 Post subject: Re: Family Tree Maker?
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I have used several genealogy programs over the years and tested others on a trial basis. However, I have used The Master Genealogist as my primary database since before version 1.0. In my opinion, it stands head and shoulders above the rest for serious researchers.

One of the areas where it really shines is in the area of importing data from other programs. GEDCOM imports are supported, but Wholly Genes (the developers of TMG) have patented the GenBridge software which imports data from many other programs in their native formats, bypassing the need for the "lossy" GEDCOM format.

Check it out at http://www.whollygenes.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Family Tree Maker?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:07 am 
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Thanks Allyn;

I have tested TMG and I very much respect its features and usability but I found it a bit complex for my needs. I also tested Legacy Family Tree and I was also impressed with it but the complexity of these very powerful programs puts me off. I'm kind of looking for a program that has what I want... and nothing more! :) It's been a while, perhaps I should give the latest versions of these programs another look.

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 Post subject: Re: Family Tree Maker?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:05 pm 
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Murray,

I understand where you're coming from. TMG allows you to work in introductory or advanced mode. The introductory mode allows you to do all the data entry and retrieval you need, without the overhead of the functions that you don't want to deal with.

Have said that, I also like RootsMagic a lot as my secondary program. I use it on my laptop, and it gives me a lot of capability for a relatively small footprint on my laptop. Whenever I travel, I load the latest GEDCOM file from TMG, and it has served me well. It has a lot of capability and a relatively clean interface. It used to be known as Family Origins.

http://rootsmagic.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Family Tree Maker?
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I am using the newest verision of Family Tree Maker and at first I did not like it. But now that I have used it for about 6 months I love it. It makes entering data so much easier and creating GEDCOMs is a piece of cake. It took be a week or so before I figured out how to make the page the way I wanted it but as soon as I figured that out, I was good to go.

Gayla Aspenleiter

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 Post subject: Re: Family Tree Maker?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:15 pm 
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Does this latest version (2011?) have a really versatile book creator? FTM used to have a facility to create a family book directory from the data in your family database but it had lots of problems and I thought that feature had been removed from FTM 2006?

One of my goals is to publish a family history book and it would be great if I could integrate my family history database into the book without having to print reports and then paste/insert/copy them into a publishing program of some sort.

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 Post subject: Re: Family Tree Maker?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:03 am 
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Murray,

I recently used RootsMagic to create a book of family data to share with my cousins. It was a joy to use, very easy, very flexible. I chose all the elements, including a cover with title & image, table of contents, etc. and generated the whole thing, saved it as a .pdf and mailed it off.

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 Post subject: Re: Family Tree Maker?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:51 pm 
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allynbrosz wrote:
Murray,

I recently used RootsMagic to create a book of family data to share with my cousins. It was a joy to use, very easy, very flexible. I chose all the elements, including a cover with title & image, table of contents, etc. and generated the whole thing, saved it as a .pdf and mailed it off.

Allyn

Thanks Allyn, I will check RootsMagic out. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Family Tree Maker?
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Murray, I have not tried to create a book using the new version of FTM but it is something that I would like to do. I just checked and the 2009 version of FTM does have a Help section on creating a new book.

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