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The Master Genealogist Gold Edition

Platform : Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 95, Windows NT
12 customer reviews

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  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • ASIN: B000060NVV
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,331 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Electric Squid on February 7, 2003
When I purchased TMG, I underestimated the complaints about this being a difficult program to use. After all, I teach computers. I have mastered many, many types of software. I was already using genealogical software, and found it too simple. The problem isn't, however, that TMG is difficult because it is so powerful or because the task is so complex. This program is difficult to use because it is poorly designed.
I bought this program because they offered so much information. They have a detailed website and downloadable demo. Family Tree Maker has done neither of these things to gain my business. TMG's download makes the program look straightforward, but TMG is nothing like that demo. The demo is based on an outdated and completely different version, and to be still handing this out seems like a dishonest business practice to me. Let me try to take you inside TMG 5.04.
Imagine that you are entering a new piece of information for your ancestor and would like to enter a new resource. You'd like to click on the "new resource" button, and then see a Resource Manager appear. One could imagine this Resource Manager having a scrolling pane along the left to choose the type of resource (census, photo, book, newspaper) while the main part would have the appropriate data entry boxes (title, author, date, repository, etc.). Perhaps at the top there could be a pane showing a preview of how this source would appear in a bibliography. If one wanted to add extras, each data entry box could have a "comments" or "annotation" button next to it, or the data entry boxes could even have up and down arrows that could change the order in which that item would appear in the bibliographical entry.
Nothing is this easy in TMG. There is no "new source" button.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Richard N. Fox on February 11, 2002
After I decided to publish my genealogy information to my own website I found Family Tree Maker was great for use on its own site but terrible for general web creation. I had to cut and paste from FTM and it was a real hassle.
After reading up on The Master Genealogist I plopped my money down and gulped as I read the manual. The manual is very detailed and a great guide after a few false starts.
The Master Genealogist (TMG) is a super program. All the source information and repository data you'd ever need is on TMG. The web publishing system is totally HTML driven and easily customized once you get the system down. I can publish pages in a fifth of the time it used to take!
Trust me...once you learn this program you won't go back! I strongly recommend the Gold version over the Silver version. The few extra dollars are well worth the additional features you receive.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "carla_w7" on May 17, 2002
TMG is indisputably the most powerful program on the market. All of the industry reviews say so and those who use it know the difference. Giving up features so you can say that you have a 32-bit program vs a 16-bit one (if you even know or care what that means) is just non-sensical to me. No program on the market comes close to TMG's direct import features (you can read data directly from most of the other programs *without* messing with GEDCOM), charting tools, color-coding ("accents"), witnesses, roles, and ESPECIALLY source citations and control over narrative reports. Sure, there are programs with prettier screens and if you are just starting out and haven't learned yet how important it is to be thorough and record witnesses to events, etc., then you might be pursuaded by all of the marketing hype from the "mass market" programs. They include a bunch of data CDs that are mostly available on the Internet anyway. But don't be fooled. Ask any "name collector" which is the best program and they will point you to Family Tree Maker because they don't know what they are missing. Ask any professional reseacher which program will do the most to help you document your family history and learn to be a better researcher and there is only one answer: The Master Genealogist.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bluedcelt on August 30, 2002
The version for sale here appears to be 4.0 which has been around for years and is somewhat outdated. I bought the new 5.0 version of this program recently and really like it although the learning curve is fairly steep and for the truly serious genealogy enthusiast. The new version is not complete yet but has most features working and is available only by downloading the program and there is no manual yet. The program CD will be available sometime in the future with a manual and that is included in the price for the download. It is actually cheaper than this 4.0 version so I would wait and purchase the full 5.0 version with manual sometime in the future unless you get a free upgrade to 5.0 when you purchase the older version. 5.0 works with Windows XP.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2004
I thought the latest release would have addressed the critical design faults in previous versions, but they remain; the design of the software is so complicated that it burdens even a configuration which can handle almost anything I throw at it.
I can certainly see the potential for TMG to be vastly superior to any other product in the genre, but at the end of the day, I will always favour a succinct and unencumbered design.
Configuration: version 5.11; Windows XP; P4 2.6GHz; 1GB RAM.
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