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From: "Fred" <>
Subject: [NYDUTCHE] Items REMOVED and NEW PROBLEM in FTM 2008 software 3 of 3
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 01:50:13 -0400
NOW THIS IS WHAT FTM SAYS IS NEW IN 2008
I do not see where hardly any of these items are really NEW items. My
comments are after >> on each item.
What's NEW in Family Tree Maker
Family Tree Maker opens with a whole new look. Every effort has been made to
make family history welcoming and fun. The program is now divided into seven
distinct areas (workspaces) that focus on the key tasks of research and data
management. The following list explains the new features available in each
of the workspaces.
Improved file merge. >>Not the case it took 10 hours 5 minutes to merge a 21
person database with an existing 104,215 person database.
Global task management.
Ability to import PAF, Legacy, The Master Genealogist and various other file
formats. >>You could already do this in prior version using a GEDCOM file.
Family view that combines the family tree and family group. >>Looks good
but is slow.
Person view that displays facts, sources, notes, and tasks in one view.
>>Slow and unresponsive and duplicate information shown twice for some item
on the screen.
Timeline view that lists personal, family, and historic events. >>Timeline
report already existed in prior versions.
Relationship view that lists family relationships. >>Slow and prints a head
in the box to the left of the persons information. I see no way to remove
the heads. You could produce a similar type report in prior versions. I
don't see much use for this report the way it works. You can select the
person relation from a drop down box but to change the person relation to
you have to fumble through the tabs of the few people listed at the top of
the screen. You cannot pick someone from a drop down box to pick the
relation to person.
Index groupings that allow searching by family name, given name, birth date,
marriage date, and death date.
History list that displays the changes made to records in the tree. >>
History tab existed in 2006.
A database of 3 million complete place names connected to FastFields name
completion. >> Slow and these so called Place FastFields cannot be changed.
They are inaccurate as to name of locations and leave out locations where
the name changed. I see no way to turn off FTM place names and only use
your place names.
A map to find each location in the tree. >> Slow and a similar map existed
in prior versions.
A view to see all of the people associated with a location. >> Slow and a
similar view existed in prior versions.
View all of the images and media in your tree from one location. >> Nice.
Link one media file to multiple people and view all of the people a media
file is linked to. >> This might be of use to people.
View all of the sources in your tree from one location. >>Available in 2006
under edit master sources.
Rate sources using standardized rating criteria.
Full reference notes. >>Notes existed in 2006.
Flexible citation/source/repository model.
Publish >> Existed in 2006.
New charts and reports >> These so called new charts could for the most part
be produced in 2006.
Improved chart and report customization. >> Not the case, they appear to be
of lower quality and features removed that existed in 2006. The tree chart
looks like something a child would draw when compared to the features it
could do in 2006.
Output charts and reports to PDF, CSV, RTF, HTML, JPG, PNG and other formats
>> Most of this was available in 2006.
Web Search >> Available in 2006.
Search Ancestry.com, Rootsweb.com, and Genealogy.com and merge the results
into your tree. >>Available in 2006.
Search anywhere on the Internet from within Family Tree Maker and merge the
results into your tree. >> Can do the same thing in Internet Explorer. I
don't need to search the web form inside a genealogy program, although
others might want this feature.
Add your own bookmarks to web sites. >> Can be done in Internet Explorer.
Capture text, images, and entire web pages and merge them into the tree. >>
Nice but was able to copy and paste into 2006.