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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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. Read more ›
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Family Tree Maker 2014 13 Nov 2013
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
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. Read more ›
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.
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
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.