Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac Version Released

Launch your copy of Family Tree Maker for Mac to get the latest update. It’s apparently loaded with undisclosed bug fixes and enhancements. Here’s what the upgrade dialog lists:

  • Numerous stability fixes were made
  • Child sort order is shown correctly in reports
  • Added support for GEDCOM 5.5.1
  • Numerous other fixes and enhancements

It’s unfortunate when professional software developers can’t or won’t provide detailed lists of fixes and enhancements. Ancestry is not alone in this and there are some companies who do this well (like RootsMagic). While it’s good to know that GEDCOM 5.5.1 is supported and that the child sort order is fixed in reports, it’s of virtually no help at all to know that “numerous” stability fixes and enhancements are in a release. Come on! You know what they are and if you don’t you shouldn’t be publishing software. Please list them so that we can see if the problem fixes or features we desire are present in updates to our genealogy software.


  1. Roger Moffat says

    Well it’s still a major bust for me – it doesn’t export media links to a GEDCOM file, and it doesn’t export the geocoded places to a GEDCOM file – the latter is part of the GEDCOM 5.5.1 specification.

  2. Chris G. says

    I bought Family Tree Maker on the Mac App Store. Doesn’t look like the update has been pushed out on there yet, hopefully in the next few days.

    • Patience of Jobs says

      Quote:”I bought Family Tree Maker on the Mac App Store. Doesn’t look like the update has been pushed out on there yet, hopefully in the next few days.”

      Steve Jobs probably hasn’t allowed it past the software censors at Apple. hehe.
      (ipad and iphone apps have to be authorized before apple will sell them… how long do you think it is before they do the same for macs ?)

      Seriously Chris G…. just run Family Tree Maker and select “Check for updates” from the menu. You don’t need the stupid mac app store.

  3. Bill Wilson says

    I downloaded the update, hoping that it would allow drag and drop for pictures, both into and within FTM for Mac, but no such luck. I tried dragging and dropping a picture into the Media folder. I could do that, but FTM did not recognize it. It apparently renames each picture using the system clock: yymmddhhmmss.xxxxx. My chief wish for FTM is addition of drag and drop capability. Come on, Ancestry, this technology is, what, at least 25 years old?

    I really like FTM’s integration with and that it focuses on the individual, not the couple, but my favorite genealogy program for Mac remains iFamily for Leopard.

  4. Patience of Jobs says

    Agree with you Ben. Any decent software company respects their customers’ knowledge enough, to include release notes that have full details of the bugfixes and feature enhancements.

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