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Family Tree Maker 2008 Essentials [OLD VERSION]

by Encore
Windows Vista / XP
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews) 3 answered questions


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Product Features

  • Software for exploring, preserving, and sharing family history
  • Build a family tree starting with names, dates, and events
  • Attach photos, documents, and audio and video files
  • Design and print charts to display at home and share with family
  • Includes 1 month of premium access to ancestry.com

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000SQNBNE
  • Item model number: 14840
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,885 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


Product Description

Product Description

Discover how easy it is to explore and preserve your family history. The Family Tree Maker 2008 Essentials Edition is designed to help beginners find results fast.Windows® XP (Home and Pro) SP2/Vista¿¹, Pentium® II 500 MHz processor or equivalent (recommended Pentium III 1 GHz or equivalent), 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM recommended), 400 MB free hard-disk space (additional space required for data files), 2X CD-ROM drive or faster & DVD-ROM drive for bonus content [recommended 32X CD/CD-R (CD-R required for the Backup to CD Feature)], Monitor with 800 x 600 resolution (recommended Monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution), Keyboard and mouse, Note: ALL online features require internet access². ¹Administrator privileges are required to properly install the program on Windows XP and Windows Vista. ²User is responsible for internet service provider account, all internet access fees, and phone charges.

From the Manufacturer

Discover how easy it is to explore, preserve, and share your family history. Whether you’re new to family history or a seasoned genealogist, the Family Tree Maker 2008 Essentials Edition is designed to help beginners find results fast. One month of premium access to ancestry.com is included.

Family Tree Maker 2008 lets you easily:

  • Build a family tree starting with names, dates, and events
  • Attach photos, documents, and audio and video files
  • Quickly merge new facts and records from the Web into your tree
  • Use interactive maps to explore the places where your ancestors once lived
  • Design and print charts to display at home and share with family
This completely redesigned program has dozens of new features, including:
  • A new interface that combines elements of a pedigree chart and a family group sheet, making it much easier to enter, view, and edit your data
  • Vastly improved integration with Ancestry.com
  • A Web clipper that lets you merge data from anywhere on the Web into your tree
  • Standardized criteria for rating your sources
  • Features that make it easy to manage photos and other media files and incorporate them into charts and reports
  • A place authority with more than 3 million place names that helps you correctly enter locations
  • Dynamic lists that show you all the people and events associated with a particular place
  • Timelines that highlight personal, family, and world events that occurred during your ancestors’ lives
  • A robust tool for sorting and managing your to-do list
  • The ability to import data from other genealogy programs, including Personal Ancestral File, The Master Genealogist, and Legacy Family Tree
By using Family Tree Maker 2008 together with Ancestry.com, you can:
  • Quickly compare information you find on Ancestry with the data in your tree and use a merge wizard to selectively import new facts and records
  • Take advantage of Ancestry Hints--a contextual search feature that automatically suggests records pertaining to people in your tree
  • Back up your Family Tree Maker data by automatically creating a member tree on Ancestry (you can choose to share your tree with others or keep it private)
  • Create heirloom-quality books using the new Ancestry Press self-publishing tool


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308 of 309 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2008 - Won't do the Basics September 2, 2007
By CHT
Any run-of-the-mill genealogy software should be able to do at least the basic reports family researchers and professional genealogists use to some degree during almost every major session:

* register reports (descendant-ordered reports - "all descendants of")

* ahnentafel reports (ancestor-ordered reports - "your ascending line"')

Family Tree Maker 2008 has now dropped these core reports they had supported throughout the past 16 versions of their software. The usefulness of the other core reports FTM 2008 still does provide, such as pedigree and descendancy charts, is significantly chilled by the near total removal of user options in designing what data elements to include in these remaining reports. Many other key features which longtime FTM users have enjoyed have also fallen by the wayside.

* Instead, FTM 2008 offers a lot of new fluff charts and reports, some of which are interesting for occasional analytical use, and some I don't even see a real-world practical use for.

Another major show-stopper for me was that FTM 2008 has dropped the popular feature that allowed the user to produce "family books" on their own home computer, but now instead requires that such information first be uploaded to the parent company (Ancestry) with the option of then (for an additional design fee) eventually downloading and printing it out either on your own printer or through their professional press. In either case, you must first execute a waiver essentially allowing Ancestry to use your research information as they see fit. Many users may find these requirements as highly objectionable.
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109 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Big Step Backwards September 11, 2007
I had no problems loading FTM2008. But, as commented on by earlier reviewers, FTM2008 is missing MANY features already present in earlier versions of FTM without introducing any significant improvements (at least in terms of functionality). Most basic trees and reports are now gone. There is no longer an automatic backup of your data. Navigation is much worse than in earlier versions. You would think that the new version would support "grab and drag" functions for repositioning your view of trees and reports too large to fit on a single screen (almost all map programs do this now). I am returning my FTM2008 for a refund and returning to FTM16.
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115 of 116 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for Long Time FTM Users or Novices September 2, 2007
FTM 2008 software will greatly disappoint Long-Time FTM users.
I purchased mine on-line and within a week had returned it for credit.
Not only is the program totally revamped but is missing one of the basics of any Genealogy Program - Register and Ahnentafel reports - and the functionality of the program is no where near what we FTM users are accustomed to - My Opinion: Those who have v16 should stick with it - longtime FTM users who have not yet upgraded to v16 might want to do so now while it is still available. If you are new to Genealogy Software - do your research - in my opinion FTM 2008 is not user friendly. My personal opinion is that FTM 2008 is a monster program and was no where near ready for release.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money don't buy this! September 20, 2007
I have been using Family Tree Maker for 15 years and have loved it. I was looking forward to the 2008 version because this product has gotten better in every version.
Family Tree Maker 2008 is not worth the money, the makers dropped 80% of the features that made it good, they teased us with possible improvements that don't work right and there are mega-problems with how it operates.
Some of the problems?
1.When I transferred my tree from Version 16 to 2008 it lost about half of my sources and notes.
2.It doesn't run for more than 10-20 minutes without shutting down, which means that you lose the informantion you've entered in that time.
3.The reports and charts that I used all the time are now gone. The only way to print a family tree now requires over 200 sheet of paper and most of them are blank. I miss being able to print a fan chart or an ancester chart for just the people I want and not EVERYONE in my files.
4.The narratives that I have added to my files did not transferr to 2008, where did they go?
5. Don't bother trying to get help from their techies, they either don't get back to you or they just repeat the instructions on the website. And if that had worked you wouldn't be talking to them!

After a month of trying I gave up and went back to Version 16.

Family Tree Maker you let us all down!!!!!!!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars This 2008 version is a disaster September 27, 2007
The so-called upgrade of Family Tree Maker to this 2008 version is actually a DOWNGRADE. It is astounding, but they have taken away much of the functionality and flexibility that made the wonderful previous versions of this program so great.

As just a few examples of the many features that were present in past versions that are absent in this new 2008 version:
1. You cannot make a book that you can design and print on your own computer.
2. In the descendant trees (now called charts) you cannot get it to show birth and death as only the year, without including month and date.
3. Photos show beside the name in trees, rather than under the name, so the tree is needlessly extra-wide and spreads itself over more pages.
4. Trees (charts) now cannot show continuously across your computer screen without being split at imaginary page breaks, even if you don't want to print the tree at this time.

If you have used previous versions of Family Tree Maker and have liked them, do NOT buy this 2008 version, because you will lose all the things you liked about the previous versions!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Obsolete now, but so-so at the time.
Published 7 months ago by Robert S. Blevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Always count on Amazon for the best.
Loaded well and is working. Haven't had time to load in the our history files. Will update more later when I do.
Published 13 months ago by Leroy E. Meisel
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original family tree maker version
however, if you've never used a genealogy program before this one is much better by far. If you have, it will take a little getting used too. Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by Sue A. Morrow
2.0 out of 5 stars I like the older version better.
I don't like the layout of this Family Tree Maker. The previous versions were simpler & had an easier to understand format. Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by Rita Realtor
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor software
My purchase in 2009 arrived with program dated 1998! An immediate upgrade was necessary via complicated download taking an hour plus. This is irresponsible. Read more
Published on August 6, 2009 by Jim
3.0 out of 5 stars Only so-so
This product gets the basics done, but is somewhat cumbersome to use, and my copy did not connect to the internet like it was supposed to. Read more
Published on November 2, 2008 by C. Bryan Colson
3.0 out of 5 stars UNSTABLE
I finally got used to the new format of FTM 2008 and 2009. What I cannot get used to is that the program frequently closes for no apparent reason and gives me an error message. Read more
Published on October 15, 2008 by David Zaremsky
1.0 out of 5 stars Older versions offer more
Many of the reports, views, etc. from the older version are missing in this version. Available reports cannot be customized as much as in the older version. Read more
Published on September 10, 2008 by Beatty Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars family tree maker 2008 essentials
The program is really different from the older version that I had. A lot of what I wished would be on the front page is there now but drop down menus are really different. Read more
Published on September 7, 2008 by B. Beatty
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker
The whole family is using this product and we love it. We have over 1000 family members listed going back to the 1300's.
Published on September 2, 2008 by Donald W. Martyny
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