Blow me, FTM 2010 now!
Ive only just got my (freebie) 2009 and along comes an email urging me to upgrade to 2010:
As a valued Family Tree Makerô user, we want you to be among the first to enjoy the fantastic new features of Family Tree Makerô 2010.
You can upgrade now - before the official UK release - and start using Family Tree Makerô 2010 for just £19.99.
UPGRADE NOW BEFORE THE OFFICIAL UK RELEASE
Inc. 1 month Ancestry.co.uk access, worth £10.95*
Why upgrade now? Hurry offer ends midnight,
30 September 2009.
Family Tree Makerô is the UK's leading family tree software. It's simply the best way to unravel, discover and explore your family's history - and analyse it with an unparalleled richness of detail.
Everyone using older versions will see some wonderful new features and enhancements. Even if you have Family Tree Makerô 2009, or another recent version, you'll really appreciate the latest updates.
* Tell a fuller, richer story with new tools and charts
* Enjoy better performance, faster loading and navigation
* Publish beautiful family books made from your tree
* Quickly find precisely the right information using standard source templates
* Easily organise photos and other media and add scanned images directly into your tree
* View your relationship to everyone in your tree with the 'New Person View' feature
* Simple, powerful integration with Ancestry.co.ukô resources
Heather, I saw that earlier when I was looking at FTM site. I'm still using the 2006 version. A friend is just starting to do her family tree and I don't know if she'd do better with a new version of FTM or an older, cheaper version....what would you advise?
I had that email and was wondering if its worth getting as there were problems with 2009werent there ?
You can add the month free on to the end of your current subscription too
There have been no real problems with 2009 - a few facilities were missing which they have added on with free upgrades.
2008 version was the problem one!
I had that email from Ancestry but have never had FTM at all as I am more than happy with Family Historian, so don't know why I'm a "valued Family Tree Maker user". Guess they sent it to all Ancestry subscribers regardless?
There are three reasons for software manufacturers to produce upgrades, to fix problems, to add bells and whistles [which may or not be useful], and to make money. In many cases I suspect the main reason is the last one. If it ain't broke don't fix it!
The biggest improvement is that the file handling is different consequently smaller file sizes.
Other New Features in Family Tree Maker 2010
1. Ancestry Member Tree download
2. Web Dashboard
3. Improved performance across the board
4. More robust and accurate relationship calculator
5. Enhanced Family View
Pictures in pedigree nodes
Year life spans in pedigree nodes
Easy access to relationship notes & media
6. Slide Show
7. Short place names
8. Record/customize place GPS/Lat-Long coordinates
9. Timeline report
10. Improved Family Group Sheet
11. Improved Genealogy reports
12. Improved Kinship report
13. Sources in charts
14. Global Spell Check
15. Dozens of smaller enhancements
Do you have it Malcolm? If so what's your personal opinion - are the differences worth upgrading for?
Hi Elaine, Sorry for the delay in answering I have been out for most of the day.
Yes Iíve had FTM-2010 for about 3 weeks now.
The files are smaller, in FTM-2010 I have a file size of 848KB the same file in FTM-2009 was 1025KB (with no changes to the file). So itís about an 18% reduction in file size.
With regard to the other changes to be honest I have not used all of the new features that have been added to Version 2010. Many of the features from Version 2009 have been improved.
All in all I would say yes it was worth getting.