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From: "Fred" <>
Subject: [NYDUTCHE] Items REMOVED and NEW PROBLEM in FTM 2008 software 1 of 3
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 01:50:13 -0400
Items REMOVED, NEW PROBLEM and what FTM says is "NEW IN 2008" with my
comments as to what FTM says is "NEW IN 2008". This is not an all inclusive
list of these items as NEW issues are being found daily. If you see
something to correct or add to this list please let me know. The issues
below were found using a database with over 104,000 people. If I am
incorrect on any of these please let me know.
I attribute all of the issues with FTM 2008 to improper design, programming
and beta testing.
Thanks to those that sent email to let me know of some of these issues. I
checked to see if I could duplicate your issue and if I was not able to
duplicate it, it is not listed here.
I cannot recommend anyone purchase FTM 2008 or if you already have purchased
it you might want to consider returning it.
REMOVED: Double click on GEDCOM file to open.
REMOVED: Option to select what items to include on a FTM and GEDCOM file
REMOVED: Capability to save a file back to an older version of FTM.
REMOVED: All Nicknames or AKA were lost on import of file into 2008. AKA
that existed in 2006 in the full name edit screen was removed in 2008. You
can add them manually back in by using a fact field. So my grandson's 1st
cousin 11 times removed whose name is Wahunsenacawh and had an AKA of Chief
Powhatan the father of Pocahontas is lost. It will be next to impossible to
fix this manually in a large database as I was not able to generate any
report in 2006 to list everyone with an AKA. The custom report in 2006 had
a field AKA but when generating the report noting shows in the AKA field on
REMOVED: Capability to change menu bar.
REMOVED: Index of individuals options.
REMOVED: Index of individuals search by given name.
REMOVED: Index of names no longer shows comma in front of name suffix.
REMOVED: Automatic selection of female when entering a NEW person in the
database. It now defaults to unknown requiring extra work as you have to
change this almost 100% of the time. In 2006 it was set to female and it
only required you change the field to male about 50% of the time.
REMOVED: When you have a drawing of a tree on the screen you can't click on
a person in a tree and go to that person. It is this way on all report I
REMOVED: Automatic backup of file on exit. You must now manually go to the
menu and select backup every time you want to back up the database.
REMOVED: Reference numbers.
REMOVED: Address labels.
REMOVED: Meciclal labels.
REMOVED: Spell check for facts or anything else except notes.
REMOVED: Spell check does not move through all the notes like it did in
2006. You must go to each person then open the notes to that person and can
only spell check that person. When finished a popup window and if you click
continue the program crashes and closes.
REMOVED: Edit facts by double click it. Now you have to click on the fact
then the fact also shows on the right of the screen. You must then move to
the right side of the screen to edit it, rather than allowing you to just
click on the field and edit it there.
REMOVED: All-in-one tree chart.
REMOVED: Address report.
REMOVED: Basic register and ahnentafel reports.
REMOVED: All Ancestor tree charts. Now only has a standard pedigree tree
REMOVED: Alternate facts report.
REMOVED: Bibliography report.
REMOVED: Birthday report.
REMOVED: Data error report.
REMOVED: Documented events report.
REMOVED: Genealogy report. This was the major report used by most people.
REMOVED: Hourglass tree charts.
REMOVED: Medical report.
REMOVED: What robust features that did exist on all charts and reports. NEW
charts and reports are primitive in design and features. The ancestor tree
report looks like something a child would draw.
REMOVED: Books. They now want you to upload your data and design report
on-line and then either print at Ancestry Press or download and print on
REMOVED: Research Journal.
REMOVED: View data CD. So none of the CDs you purchased will not work in
REMOVED: Option to sort reports with data fields on the different fields.
REMOVED: More than one relation to a person in the Kinship report. Now only
shows closest relation, so if a person is related more than once to a
person, there is no way to see or show the duplicate relationship. No
search on a kinship report and in 2006 report on the person Wahunsenacawh
was 55 pages now because of the new spacing it takes 86 pages to produce the
same number of kin on the 2008 report. It appears that all the reports and
charts in 2008 now require more pages to produce the same report information
as in 2006.
REMOVED: Fast fill fields do not work as in 2006. Original fast fill type as
you go in 2006 which remembered about the last 30 items was removed and
replaced with a drop down menu that is slower. When you import a file into
2008 it puts every item you had in any location in the new fast fill
database. I don't know if the slowness of the new fast fill is due to the
fact that the drop down menu holds every item you ever used beginning with
the letter of each word of the fact that the CPU is maxed out at 100%.
Also, I see no option to delete something form the fast field database. If
you make any change to the data in the location field it drops down the fast
fill box again for you to select from.
REMOVED: Find and replace.
REMOVED: Capability to change the capitalization of a name from CAPS to
lower case by changing one letter in the name. You must type everything
again, as there is also no find and replace to mast change the
REMOVED: Capability to copy selected items on any of the reports.
REMOVED: Capability to copy selected individuals from one database to
REMOVED: Capability to generate a tree of a family and then select to delete
them from the database.