Sunday, December 14, 2008

Family Tree Maker 2009

I just bought Family Tree Maker (FTM) 2009, after using previous versions for 10 years, and this is the biggest disappointment:
- no more easy copy and paste of trees
- no interactive descendants trees
- slow to start (20 seconds on my fast PC)
- crashed both at GED import AND export...
- does not import accents (éèà...) the same way as FTM 2005. You need to import it, export it to GED and re-import it. How lousy is that? It really shows that the engine is not solid.

Oh, and did I mention that you can not download the software, or even version updates? You need to have it shipped, with additional costs, of course... Not really acceptable in 2008!

On top of that, for people who manage large trees (the one I manage has 190'000+ people):
- it's slow as hell. I just ran a find&replace. It has been running for 2.5 hours and is not over (which is why I am still up at 1am... :() [Well, actually, it crashed as well (after 2.5 hours wait...)]
- export is dead slow as well (and it crashes after 30 minutes work...)
- it takes up more than 1 GB before I did anything

There is one plus: the one-page individual view, that you can customize and add the fields that matter to you (for me, the occupation).

Bottom line:
If you're not in a hurry and want to manage a small family file, never will import a GED file, it might be ok. But well, for this purpose, get a free software, like PAF, or do it online!

Addition on Dec. 22: After 10 days and 3 reminders waiting for their customer service to come back to me, I think I will copy the changes I made on the previous version of the tree on FTM 2005! :(

Anyone interested in buying a CD with license of FTM 2009 for half price? :)

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