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Family Tree Maker 2008 Platinum [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
3.3 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • 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 6 months of premium access to ancestry.com

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Product Description

Whether you're new to family history or a seasoned genealogist, Family Tree Maker 2008 makes it easy for you to discover, preserve and share your family history.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

Whether you're new to family history or a seasoned genealogist, Family Tree Maker 2008 Platinum Edition makes it easy for you to discover, explore, preserve, and share your family history. Six months 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

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000SQNBP2
  • Item model number: 14860
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 10, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,696 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Despite the name, this product bears no relation to previous versions of the Family Tree Maker product line. It is a brand new product, written from scratch, and does not utilize any of the old code.

Much of the functionality that was present in the previous version (FTM 16) is missing in this one, including pretty much all of the genealogy reports. Without these reports, the product is only good for data entry, and publishing on [...]. Other omissions include the ability to read the family tree CD's that have sold alongside previous versions, and the ability to create books from your genealogy on your own computer.

To create a genealogy book, you now have to upload your data onto the [...] servers, giving them the rights to share the data as they choose, and use the new web based Ancestry Press functionality to generate your book (for an additional fee). Ancestry Press, also being new, is extremely limited and does not contain a fraction of the functionality of the old, local book creation software.

So, buyer beware. This is NOT Family Tree Maker as you know it. I would recommend treating it as a 1.0 version of a new product, and holding off on buying it until they complete the implementation of the basic functionality which is missing.
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I've been using different versions of Family Tree Maker for at least 15 years. I've never seen a new version go so far backwards. Gone are all the features I most often use. I can no longer make the reports or charts I use most commonly. I can't make a book. My old books are gone. Now I guess I have to find a "pre-Vista" computer to run version 16 on if I actually want to do anything with my family tree? I predict the next version will simply be a link to the Ancestry website and nothing else.... for about 100 bucks.

If anyone can recommend a replacement program by a different maker, please e-mail me.
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While there are some things I do like about this version, and things I did not like about the previous version 16, be aware that the sofware is extremely SLLLOOOWWW and is a memory and CPU hog. You can no longer search for a married woman by her married surname, there is no Family Sheet, etc.
I'm not getting any corruption errors like previous versions, and there are features I do like, but the speed, or lack thereof, will drive you nuts!
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My husband and I were absolutely disgusted with FMT V17 Platinum. It is totally not user friendly and has done away with quite a lot of the information we had collected previously and transferred to the new system. We lost our reference numbers, our Also Known As (AKA), which were in lineage,just to name two. There was no Genealogy Report and several other were also missing. Notes are confusing if you don't watch were you are you can easily make a mistake. We are definitely going back to the original version of FMT. Designers take note we won't be buying any new versions until you correct the FMT V17 and make it much more user friendly and similar to the previous versions in the way it displays records and information.
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I have have had numerous program crashes. Particularly when working with sources. Try to create a new source - crash. Try to link a fact to an existing source - crash. The lady on the help desk said they had other reports of similar problems. She said the programmers were aware of the problem and were working on a patch. No hint of when the patch would be ready. In the mean time, she apoligized for my inconvenience but had no help for me. If I were no locked into FTM 2008 due having Vista as my operating system, I would drop it in a heartbeat.
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I have to agree with others. There are some ok features in this version but I find using the older version is much more practical. I think I'll buy version 16 and work from there instead of this one.
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Version 2008 is unstable, buggy and has very limited functionality. Reports in particular have been dramatically shortchanged; working with sources and media files causes numerous crashes. Data entry is non-intuitive and time consuming.

FTM 2006 is still available for purchase, and this was the last, completely working version of the product. It has far more features and doesn't crash on you every 5 minutes, and you gain nothing by upgrading to 2008.
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By Elma on September 10, 2007
Get six months of access to Ancestry.com and the Family Tree Maker software. That's a great value.

Things I like: interactive maps, new interface, merge capability, place authority, and the training video. If people are having a hard time getting around this new FTM, I highly recommend watching the included training video. They do an excellent job of taking you through jobs step-by-step. They used to charge extra for the FTM training videos in previous versions of FTM (2006, 2005, etc.) The training videos are now included with your purchase of Family Tree Maker. Thank you!!

What I don't like: I don't like that we are missing some charts and reports that were in previous versions of FTM, but I received an email from Family Tree Maker stating those reports will be added in an upcoming free program update. They quoted October 2007 as the projected release date for that update.
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