Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 Update

I opened Family Tree Maker (FTM) for Mac 3 today and found an update waiting for me. The version number was 22.2.3 (I had 22.2.1, so I guess I missed one). Here are the update notes:

This update includes the following new features and enhancements:
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite specific bug fixes
Duplicate person alert
Manage (add, edit, delete) historical facts
Application Name change to “Family Tree Maker 3”
Task List Report – New Custom options
Print Plan workspace tasks as filtered/sorted in display
Fan Chart – New options (full circle, semi-circle, quarter, etc.)
Pedigree chart – New option to include spouses of primary individual
Relationship chart – Option to use short place names
Outline descendant report – Option to list only direct-line descendants
Option to omit home country in charts/reports
Allow bookmarking of spouse
LDS ordinance display in the family view
LDS ordinance – Include initiatory and confirmation
Numerous other bug fixes

I’m happy to see that Ancestry.com is still developing and improving FTM3. I have found it much more stable than the previous version, but it’s still missing a few features that the Windows version has, and there are a few minor irritations yet. I wonder if the name change signifies anything? After all, version 3 files are cross-platform compatible.

When I clicked the button to update, I noticed that FTM3 closed and backed up automatically, as usual. If you do the update (which you probably should if you plan to upgrade to Yosemite), you should also make sure you have a current backup. I was then asked if I wanted to retain the current file and convert a copy (Figure 1).

Figure 1. FTM3 Update Convert File

Figure 1. FTM3 Update Convert File

I picked this option, even though I had a backup, because auto-backups are overwritten every time you close FTM. A few seconds later my file was converted and my tree opened. Immediately the media started processing again (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Media Processing

Figure 2. Media Processing

This seems to happen almost every time I open my tree whether new media completed processing the last time or not. Processing seemed to take longer than usual this time, and when it was finished, I received a message that 134 media had not completed due to a process error (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Media Process Error

Figure 3. Media Process Error

I clicked the link  and they tried to process again, but I was still left with the error. So I closed and reopened FTM3, the media processed again, and this time I got the “Media Complete” message (Figure 4). Hopefully this will work for you, too, if you receive the process error.

Figure 4. Media Complete

Figure 4. Media Complete

OK, I’m off to try out some of the new features and will write more about them at a later date. Please leave a comment if you have any issues with the update (in addition to contacting Ancestry Support, of course).

Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 Released, Brings Feature & Price Parity

It’s been over two years (24 Oct 2011 on Amazon) since Ancestry.com released version 2 of Family Tree Maker (FTM) for Mac. Ancestry.com, and the developer of FTM for both Mac and Windows, Nova Development, spent most of 2013 improving the then-current versions rather than releasing a paid upgrade. I applaud them for their decision, given the many problems with version 2012, especially its TreeSync™ feature, which enabled changes made in FTM trees to be synced with their Ancestry.com counterparts and vice versa. Ancestry.com released the 2014 version of FTM on 10 Sep 2013, but Mac users had to wait a little longer. Like the new Windows version, version 3 for Mac includes enhancements and new features, including an improved TreeSync™, a new Family View, user interface updates, task simplification, and new and enhanced reports. In fact, with a few notable exceptions, the Mac and Windows versions have moved more closely together in terms of feature parity and even price. These improvements address most of the complaints I had in my review of version 2. This review updates my previous review, and I now can recommend FTM for Mac.

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2012 Holiday Sale on Family Tree Maker Including Upgrades

Family Tree Maker 2012 and Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 are once again available at a holiday discount. The sale is scheduled to go through December 12th, 2012. New copies are 25% off and upgrades are discounted 30%.

If you’re interested, but unsure if Family Tree Maker (FTM) is for you check out the buyers guides:

FTM 2012 Buyer’s Guide

FTMM2 Buyer’s Guide

As previously announced, Ancestry is focused on enhancing and fixing the current versions so there will be no new major version this year.

Click here to learn more and buy Family Tree Maker 2012.

Click here to learn more and buy Family Tree Maker for Mac 2.

Ancestry iOS App Version 4.0

Dynamic Family TreeVersion 4.0 of the Ancestry.com companion genealogy app for iOS is available as a free update in the App Store.

The change log states the following:

  • Dynamic family tree that shows more family members.
  • See grandchildren, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews & cousins in your family tree.
  • Ability to change your tree to display direct ancestors only.
  • Purchase monthly memberships via In App Purchase.
  • An updated look and feel that’s both beautiful and functional.

That seems like a good list for a 4.0 version! The dynamic family tree is pictured to the left. Handy buttons at the top enable you to switch on or off the direct ancestors only feature.

Family Tree Maker 2013 Availability

News came from Ancestry.com today that there won’t be a Family Tree Maker 2013. The firm is focused on enhancing the existing version. They’ve already released updates with the following enhancements (listed in their blog announcing the direction):

  • Numerous enhancements to TreeSync so syncing your tree to Ancestry.com is faster and more reliable
  • A new Family View Report that displays a person’s ancestors, spouse, and children together (similar to the Family View in the People workspace)
  • A new Undocumented Facts Report that lists people’s facts that have no source documentation
  • The ability to merge info from multiple versions of the same fact
  • New source templates for the 1940 U.S. census and improved support for city directories
  • Dozens of report enhancements including performance improvements and new options in the relationship chart, family group sheet, Individual Report, Notes Report, Data Errors Report, Outline Descendant Report, Media Item Report, photo albums, Media Usage Report, Documented Facts Report, and calendar

And more enhancements are promised.

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Reunion for Mac 10.0.3 Update Available

A new maintenance release is available for Reunion 10. Besides a slew of fixes, this version includes an overhaul of the web search feature.

The choices on the context menu that appears when you select Search the Web on a person button has been rearranged for efficiency. Search Favorites now appears at the top. You can also search custom groups of sites–a feature introduced in this release.

The preference pane for web search received an overhaul to support creation of custom groups as well as editing the same and the favorites group.

Finally, there’s a button on the Web Preferences pane that you can use to update search sites similarly to the way you can check for updates to the whole application.

I updated the original article on this topic, Using Reunion to Search the Web, and re-recorded the video.

Your Source and Citation Information Is In Danger

Today I finished methodically testing which source and citation information reliably survives GEDCOM import and export. It’s not a pretty picture! A mere five of fourteen key GEDCOM tags are safe across the nine leading genealogy software packages I tested.[1] Fortunately, the ones I previously identified as essential to source citations are among them.

Why You Should Care

The ability to move your family history data from one application to another is important. Even if you have no intention of changing software or sharing your research you ought to be concerned. It’s entirely possible that the person or people that inherit your research will choose a different package. They may load your data and probably won’t even know they lost anything in the transfer. Well, that fate needn’t be yours if you know where you can safely store information.

What You Can Do

This research is part of the work I’ve been doing to create the very first GenealogyTools ebook and video course: Practical Citation. After completing the course, you will be able to safely and confidently record sources, citations, and quality in your genealogy software without having to consult a book or quick sheet. Say “goodbye” to uncertainty about citation templates and formats.

Notes

[1] I tested Family Historian 5, Family Tree Maker 2012, Family Tree Maker for Mac 2, GEDitCOM II, Legacy 7.5, MacFamilyTree 6, Reunion 10, RootsMagic 5, and The Master Genealogist 7.

Reunion 10.0.2 Update Available

The second maintenance update for the new Mac genealogy software Reunion 10, was released today. There are many fixes included. See the release notes for details. Here are the highlights:

  • Get precise coordinates in the geo code place window by moving the pin
  • Find relationships between two people feature now shows multiple blood relationships if they exist
  • Search favorites selection is now at the top of the list of resources when searching the web
  • Additions to the web search resources: Ancestry.com.au, Ancestry.ca, FindMyPast.co.uk, GuildOfOneNameStudies
  • Pressing the left or right arrow key in family view moves to the previous or next marked person
  • Crash fixes
  • Performance improvements
  • Updates to the manual

Family Tree Maker 2012 Updated

Ancestry released an update to Family Tree Maker 2012 today. Here’s a rundown of what’s in it for you.

Of highest importance if you’re having problems synching your FTM file with your Ancestry member tree (AMT), is TreeSync stability improvements. Those come with performance improvements too according to the release notes.

The update include bug fixes and improvements in several areas:

  • Added support for media, notes, and sources during file merges
  • Improved handling of media during Web merges
  • Bug fixes for tasks, media items, and window resizing issues (on computers running Windows 7)

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