Family Tree Maker 2012 Availability

Looking forward to getting your genealogy paws on Family Tree Maker 2012? I’ve got news for you!

It’s looking like the Family Tree Maker release date will be early next month and ship by the end of month. The Mac version is expected to follow by about 6 weeks.

I’ll keep you updated as I have more information and when I have the pre-order links for both the Windows and Mac versions of FTM 2012. I’m hoping to be able to pass on a great discount offer like last time.

While you wait, what features and changes are you most interested in?


  1. says

    I think the feature at the top of my wish list is to be able to synchronize Family Tree Maker with

    That said, I’m glad the Mac version will be brought up to match the Windows version.

  2. says

    My understanding from talking to someone from at the IAJGS conference in DC this week is that the next version on both platforms will sync trees with, but even with that feature the Mac version will not be completely up-to-par with the Windows version (i.e. other features will still be missing).

    • says

      Thank you Philip.

      Syncing is a welcome addition to the feature list. I wonder what won’t make it into the initial Mac release and if they’ll put features in with updates.

  3. Judy says

    Ben, if this is an unfair question in this venue, please feel free to block my post. 😉

    I’m one of those Mac users who has had nothing but problems with FTMM. I pre-ordered and tried work-arounds for more than six months to get it to behave and/or to get good tech support.

    Finally I went back to Reunion even though I think the FTMM interface, its report formats, and especially its ability to let me standardize place names are wonderful features. I would dearly love to use this app, but I just don’t have the extra time it seems to require.

    Unfortunately, I’ve lost a great deal of respect for Ancestry. Only one update to the version in ten months…really? And although it was originally announced that FTMM had been “built from the ground up” for Mac, it seems to behave just like every other app that’s been adapted from a Windows version. But the worst part for me personally is Ancestry’s failure to acknowledge the breadth of problems Mac users are experiencing. I’m sure inexperienced users think they’re the ones at fault.

    I’m an experienced computer user–both Windows and Mac. I’ve taught and used Mac technology since the 1970’s. I have a MBP and a 27″ iMac, both of which are up to date and well maintained. Whenever a new app is published, I fully expect there will be bugs and glitches, and I actually enjoy helping to improve the program, especially if the publisher acknowledges its need for feedback.

    In the case of FTMM, I feel like a sucker who paid money to be a Beta tester and is now being asked to pay again for the real deal. Surely I’m not the only Mac user who feels that way.

  4. Judy says

    Just realized that I ranted without ever asking a question. Sorry. 😉

    Are there other Mac users who pre-ordered the first version and were less than thrilled? Do you plan to order the new version if it syncs with the online tree? Not sure I want to throw good money after bad, but if that sync really works…..sure would be enticing!!

  5. John Haden says

    Hi Ben,
    You mentioned a discount. I found a code on Facebook for in the United Kingdom for Family Tree Maker 1012 for PC. They have upgrades in stock and it looks like they are waiting for the subscription packs. The code is ‘FTM593’ and they are giving £3 off the £18.95 selling price. p&p works out at just £1 so a good deal for UK users who just want to upgrade.

  6. Rhonda says

    I agree with you Judy, FTMM is NOT up to standard, and I am personally objecting to throwing good money after bad for the new version. Having said that I do plod along with it in the hope that all the windows features will be available in the latest release. However, if I have to pay what I paid for this version, they will be losing me completely! In protest I have already cancelled my ancestry membership.

    • says

      Hi, Rhonda. I’m not disagreeing, just trying to understand your point. What do you mean by Family Tree Maker for Mac not being up to standard? What standard? What’s missing or poorly implemented in your view?—-Ben >@<

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