April 20, 2014

Family Tree Maker 2011: Early Review


Family Tree Maker 2011

On Saturday I received in the mail my new Family Tree Maker 11 program. I wasn’t totally thrilled with the new format for FTM 10, but I thought I would give this new version a shot.  Hope springs eternal!

Here’s what has happened so far this morning when I tried to install the program:

  • Error message – Invalid file type (I take it FTM might now have a new file extension format?)
  • Program opens and when I try to click on my name in the index of individuals the whole program closes and I am forced to send an error report to Microsoft.  So far, this has happened twice.
  • When I try to open the program again another error message comes up telling me to compact the file to resolve errors.
  • I have now just done that and when I click on my name in the index it doesn’t auto-close FTM11.

One other thing I have noticed with the new version is that it installs a completely new program file, unlike earlier versions of FTM that just updated what you already had (it overwrote the files) and you could basically plug and play it right away.  Each one is by the FTM version. I’m concerned that if I delete any previous versions that I will lose some of my family files.  I’m not doing any deleting any time soon, but I will make sure everything is backed up before I do it.

Sorry, I’m still longing for the simplicity of FTM 2006 with its user-friendly interface and format.  I absolutely hate hunting around for things in each new version. Even if I’m having some issues with the new version, I still think FTM is a very handy genealogy program and I do recommend it. :)

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