Ancestry.com announced that they are abandoning (aka “retiring”) their venerable Family Tree Maker (FTM) desktop application. They will no longer sell it after Dec. 31, 2015. All features of the program will continue to work, but after Jan. 1, 2017, “features that require connectivity to Ancestry, such as TreeSync, uploading and downloading trees and media, and Web Search, may no longer be supported.”
While preparing my review of MacFamily Tree 7, I ran across an article on their website, “Switch from Family Tree Maker to MacFamilyTree and import your family tree.” The section headed “Attention: Media file import” caught my attention. I don’t agree with Synium’s statement, “Unfortunately the developers of Family Tree Maker made the very poor choice of not importing media files but just linking them. Just Family Tree Maker knows where these files are and there are just links to those media files.” I disagree on several counts: [Read more…]
Sometimes zooming in on an image in your media library just isn’t enough. This need is addressed in Family Tree Maker 2014.
It includes a little gem called the magnifier tool. You’ll find it in the media detail views of the source and media workspaces.
I published a video today showing how Family Tree Maker 2014 displays PDF media and how to get it to change the thumbnail of existing PDF media files to a small image of the first page of the document.