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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful

A program for those who value the six months" free subscription to Ancestry14 Nov 2013

By Derek Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER

I purchased FTM 2014 direct from Ancestry as an existing subscriber.

There are three distinct groups of people who would consider buying this product:
1. Owners of a previous version who are subscribers to Ancestry and wish to extend their subscriptions for six months at the lowest possible cost.
2. Owners of a previous version who are hoping for improvements in this latest version.
3. People new to genealogy looking for a program to help them.

I belong to the first group. Premium membership of Ancestry normally costs £12.95 per month so this package with six months" subscription is therefore a very cheap way of extending Ancestry membership.

People in the second group will be much less satisfied, for there are tweaks to the program rather than a major overhaul, though there were no problems in setting up the software or integrating it with my existing tree. The main difference in the 2014 version is that one has the option of Family View in addition to Pedigree View - just as one has on the Ancestry website. The interface has been improved marginally and in addition one can now export an individual branch of one"s tree. However, these are relatively minor changes and would not justify upgrading to FTM 2014 unless one values the six months" Ancestry membership. There are supposed to be improvements to the charts but I can detect no real difference. It was anyway unlikely that there would have been major improvements in this area because Ancestry wishes to continue to sell its charting software programs as extra add-ons. Buying this new version only for impovements in functionality would be a waste of money.

I believe that Family Tree Maker may be a good buy for those in the third group - people embarking on genealogy as a new hobby.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful

Family Tree Maker 2014 13 Nov 2013

By Mr. A. Williams

I have only had a few hours on the new 2014 Family Tree Maker. I bought on line at the FTM Site.

The 6 monthly free premium membership is worth about £52 on its own. The package includes CD and includes
283 pages "Companion Guide" written in small print.

It is compatible with Windows XP - Vista- Window 7 & 8 either with 32 of 64 bit compatible.
Apart from a few cosmetic differences I cannot see much difference between versions 2012 & 2014.

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful

Not worth the upgrade 19 Nov 2013

By brabason

This is for the upgrade version of FTM 2014 (previous available version is FTM 2012); not currently on sale in Amazon but this is only a matter of time (official issue date end November 2013); I bought mine from Avanquest: the official disributor of FTM; advanced notice as an old time user (I have been using FTM since 1996 and keep my software up-to-date with upgrades). New users of FTM 2014 I don"t know of any issues, try it out. Do not be fooled by the bundled Ancestry membership, it is so basic that many records in the UK are not available and nothing in other parts of the world is available. Before you know it, you will pay for a membership upgrade in Ancestry. That said, it is well worth it.

Upgrade users need to download their family tree from Ancestry if you have one, most of us do using Sync.; FTM 2014 cannot open or convert your existing family tree on your PC (unlike all the previous upgrades). This were the problems start. Any advanced user of FTM makes uses of many advanced features of the software. The download from Ancestry strips all of them off. I have returned the CD to Avanquest and received a refund which is the first time this has occured even though some of the previous versions were quite bad (FTM 2010 for one).

This is a list of what is lost, you may not want to read this. In the source citations, all the rating are striped off and the citation text and web address are included in the reference text. On the people, all the web links and all the notes are lost. In the media, all the categories are lost. In the places, all the hierarchy is lost. I had reported many errors and ommisions in the places hierarchy supplied by Bing; none of these are included in FTM 2014.
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  • Product Description

    Product Description

    The No1. Selling Family History Software

    Research Your Family History Resreach Your Family History
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    With exciting new features and enhancements to help you, Ancestry.co.uk ™ Family Tree Maker® 2014 makes it easier than ever to discover your family story, preserve your legacy and share your unique heritage.

    Enjoy new Family View™ for a broader view of your tree and explore new enhanced charts and reports, including more print options. Plus the improved TreeSync™ feature lets you sync your tree from your computer, tablet or smartphone, so you always know you're accessing and sharing the very latest information.

    Share Your Unique Heritage Share Your Unique Heritage
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    Family Tree Maker® 2014 lets you easily:-
    • Organise your family story privately and conveniently on your desktop computer or laptop
    • Build your family tree as Ancestry.co.uk™ searches millions of historical records.
    • IMPROVED! Get started quickly with an easy-to-use interface.
    • IMPROVED! Update your tree using TreeSync™ from any computer with a Web browser or with your mobile device.
    • NEW! View your tree two ways - in Family View or Pedigree View.
    • IMPROVED!Get your questions answered with upgraded help topics.
    • NEW! Export a branch of your tree or automatically sort children in families using simplified common tasks
    • IMPROVED! Print your tree using new enhancements to charts and reports including customisable list reports
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    Family Tree Maker® 2014 features a host of new and exciting ways to discover your family tree:-
    • New Family View - see your family tree in a new way. This additional view makes navigating easier, especially when you want to see extended family members.
    • Improved TreeSync ™- lets you easily synchronise your tree in Family Tree Maker® with an online Ancestry.co.uk™ tree.
      A more robust TreeSync lets you sync even more of your family tree info.
      Easily share your tree with your family and work on it together. Family and friends can view the online version of your tree without software or a subscription.
      Collaborate with the largest, most active family history resource.
    • More organisational tools - stay organised with new tools that let you sort children automatically by birth order and view people by location, grouping them by country, state, county, and city.
    • New and improved charts and reports - more options and views let you display an individual's ancestors, spouses, and children together. Also, the Index of Individuals Report has been expanded with options for anniversary, birthday, and contact lists, and more.
    • New tree branch export - a new export option makes it much simpler to export a single branch of your tree.
    • More editing options - save time with the ability to copy and paste facts including related source citations, media items, and notes.
    Piece Together Your Ancestry Piece Together Your Ancestry
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    Family Tree Maker 2014® Platinum Edition includes a 6-month 'Premium' Membership to Ancestry.co.uk™ †:
    • Explore millions of fascinating records and delve into your family's past.
    • Search and access 1 billion UK records on Ancestry.co.uk the world's largest online family history resource.
    • You can search key historical records including: UK Census records, exclusive UK parish records dating back to the 16th century, Military records from both World Wars, Immigration records, Irish records, plus guaranteed access to all new UK records.

    The Premium membership provides everything you need to trace your family history in the UK. Delve deep into your past with unlimited access to over 1 billion records, plus guaranteed access to all our new UK releases.

    Includes 6-Month 'Premium' Membership Includes 6-Month 'Premium' Membership
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    Platinum Edition Also Includes:

    Printed version of the Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker: Learn Family Tree Maker's most popular features with quick lessons that make research fast and fun.

    †The included 6-month Ancestry.co.uk™ 'Premium' membership begins upon activation of the membership with a valid credit or debit card. Unless you cancel before the end of your included membership period, a paid 6-month'Premium' membership will commence at the end of the included membership period and the relevant price will be debited from your credit or debit card. Your membership will then automatically renew at the end of each 6-month membership period at the same price unless you cancel at least two days before your renewal date. To cancel visit the My Account section of Ancestry.co.uk or call 0800 404 9723. Use of Ancestry.co.uk is subject to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. See www.ancestry.co.uk for full details.

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    Why Family Tree Maker®

    1. Access interactive street and satellite maps - View important locations in your ancestors' lives. Or create a migration map showing where events in their lives took place.
    2. Easily organise media - Add photos, documents, audio and video in one, easy-to-access location. Link media to multiple people in your tree and incorporate them into charts and reports.
    3. Share your work with others - Use templates to create beautiful family trees or design your own with powerful charting tools. Enhance charts with backgrounds, embellishments and family photos.
    4. Discover new family members - Follow hints from Ancestry.co.uk, the world's largest family history resource.
    5. Create Smart Stories - Transform facts from your tree into stories that update automatically as you update your tree.
    6. Simplify source creation - Use templates to source everything from online databases to vital records.
    7. Use standard location names - Use the place authority database to enter place names consistently and in a standard format.
    8. Explore data like never before - Use new and improved reports to gather information and export it in a variety of formats. Save settings in one report and apply them to others.
    9. Navigate your tree with ease - View multiple generations, navigate to any individual in your tree with a click of the mouse and add or edit life events.
    10. Import data from other genealogy programs - Open files created in Legacy™ Family Tree, The Master Genealogist™ and FamilySearch™ Personal Ancestral Files.

    Box Contains

    CD-ROM;Quick Start Guide;Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker
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