Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 [OLD VERSION]
- Exclusive! 6-months free access to Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history resource with 5 billion U.S. historical documents, photo archives and other family trees.
- Easy! Enter what you know and follow the green leaf icon "hints" to records that may hold answers about your ancestors. Attach records to your tree with 1 click.
- New! Keep desktop and online trees in sync with TreeSync. Then update your tree from any Internet connection.
- New! Blended family view; see combined families, including step-families and adoptees at a glance.
- New! Image Capture Function - insert images from built-in or external iSight camera.
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Whether you're a seasoned pro, or just starting your search, Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 gives you more exciting ways to discover your family history. With hundreds of easy-to-use features that seamlessly integrate with your Mac, you can discover your family history, preserve your legacy and share your unique heritage in no time at all. Rich storytelling tools enable you to add photos, documents and videos. You can even add historical records from Ancestry.com, the world's largest family history website. Only Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 comes with a 6-month membership and access to 5 billion U.S. immigration and marriage records, census data and much more.
From the Manufacturer
Discover Your Family Story
Family Tree Maker For Mac 2 makes it easy to discover your family history. With a 6-month membership to Ancestry.com included, you’ll have free access to 5 billion U.S. historical records, photos, news stories and other family trees. Collaborate with the largest, most active family history community in the world.
Follow the Hints
Just enter what you know into Family Tree Maker. Soon you’ll see green leaves or Hints when we’ve matched one of your ancestors with historical records, family trees and photos.
Connect the Family
Imagine one version of your family tree that you can update from anywhere and always know you're accessing or sharing the very latest. New Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 with TreeSync allows you to easily update your tree online from your desktop, your laptop, even your iPhone or iPad - and then simply click to sync so your tree is always up to date, no matter where you or your loved ones access it next.
Key Product Features
- Sync desktop and online Ancestry.com trees together with TreeSync and keep your tree up-to-date from wherever you are
- Enhance family trees with charts, reports, photos, audio, video and more
- The Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 learn to develop your family tree and personalize it quickly and easily
- Family History Toolkit DVD – six reference books to help you with your research
- Access interactive street and satellite maps: View important locations in your ancestors’ lives. Or create a migration map showing where events in ancestors’ lives took place
- Easily organize media: Add photos, documents, audio and video in one, easy-to-access location. Link media to multiple people in your tree and incorporate them into charts and reports
- Share your work with others: Use templates to create beautiful family trees or design your own with powerful charting tools
- Discover new family members: Follow hints from Ancestry.com, the world's largest family history resource
- Create books: Publish beautiful keepsakes and books to share with friends and family
- Simplify source creation: Use robust sourcing tools to quickly and efficiently document your discoveries
- Navigate your tree with ease: View multiple generations, navigate to any individual in your tree with a click of the mouse and add or edit life events
- Import data from other genealogy programs: Open files created in Family Tree Maker for Windows, also import GEDCOM files created in Reunion and other programs
Keep Your Tree Up-to-Date Wherever You Are
Build your tree using Family Tree Maker and upload it to Ancestry.com. Whether you’re working online or on your desktop, you can always keep your trees in sync with just the click of a button. (Even update your tree using our free iPhone and iPad app!) Share your tree with other family members and choose who can view and update it.
New Features for Family Tree Maker
- Update and share your tree from any Internet connection with TreeSync.
- Blended family view - let’s you see combined families, including stepfamilies and adoptees at a glance
- Use Image Capture function to insert an image into your tree from a built-in or external iSight camera.
- Use OS X Lion full screen mode to take advantage of your entire display.
New Mac-Only Features
Capture photos using your iSight or built-in camera and import them directly into Family Tree Maker. And if you’re using OS X Lion, you can take advantage of the new full-screen capability - with one click fill your entire desktop with the Family Tree Maker workspace.
Easy Combined Family View
The family group view has a new "blended families" option that lets you display all of a couple’s children in one location. An icon next to a child’s name lets you see at a glance whether he or she is the child of the father, the mother, or both parents.
- Mac OS X 10.5 or later, including OS X Lion
- Intel-based Mac
- DVD Drive
- All online features require Internet access
Top Customer Reviews
+Tight integration with Ancestry, to include searching and merging hints
+Ability to set preferred facts
+Ease of copying and pasting source citations
+Fastfields for names, sources, and places
+Hyperlinks to Ancestry source citations in the source citation window
+Good variety of pedigree and descendant charts & reports
-Frequent hangs and crashes; buggy
-TreeSync does not work consistently, nor does it sync hints, member connections, or tasks
-Loss of media sources that originated from Ancestry member trees when re-uploading a tree to Ancestry
-Adding people without a last name is problematic if you don't use "unknown," etc.
-Place authority is limited and doesn't recognize place names with administrative division words like "county" in them
-Search functions and management tools aren't as robust as other apps
-GEDCOM standard compliance issues
-Missing features that FTM 2012 has, especially Stories, hint syncing, and export of media to GEDCOM files
-Costs 75% more than the Windows version
Final Verdict: Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 should still be in beta testing and is not ready for prime time; it's certainly not worth paying 75% more than the Windows version. It's ridiculous that Ancestry charges Mac users such a premium for an inferior product. Until Ancestry fixes the bugs, especially with TreeSync, and provides the same feature set as the Windows version, I cannot recommend FTMM2.
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In addition to not syncing all your information, it is also full of bugs and does not consistently work, forcing you to delete either your data in Ancestry.com or FTM for Mac2 then download your saved data to the other platform and re-sync.
You put both these issues together, and you get data integrity problems, and soon frustration as you start spending more time fixing errors in your data than you spend researching your family history.
While it is a decent genealogy program, it is a shame that Ancestry.com was more concerned about pushing the product out to market to start their revenue stream, than delivering a quality product.
Just encounter another bug in the program. This morning I found FTM for Mac 2 lost the link to all my media files. Since the names or location of the media files have not changed, not sure why this occurred. Unfortunately I also just learned that you have to relink the media files one at a time. With 200 media files to re-link, I guess I won't be doing much genealogy research this morning.
5/8/12 UPDATE: Last week I installed an update to FTM for Mac 2 that contained fixes for the TreeSync problems. After 5 or so syncs, the program appears to be working. I have not encountered any sync issues or corrupt files due to this process. Thank you Ancestry.com.
The biggest complaint I have is that the program crashes on me every time I launch it and it goes automatically into the sync mode. It runs through the process (which takes forever) and upon completion crashes. When I re-open it, it informs me that the program was improperly shut down - right, like it was my fault. The reports are hit and miss. I ran one report and it failed to show the second wife of one ancestor; the children are out of order on the Registry reports, and tonight, it decided that the tree was no longer synced; i.e. there was no corresponding tree on Ancestry.com according to the program. My first Apple computer was the IIc purchased back in the mid-eighties and frankly I can't remember being this frustrated with any software for Apple computers that I've encountered over the last 25 plus years. When I decided to turn off my modem so I could launch the program without the sync process since I wanted to print out a report, it failed to launch. There are simply too many bugs in this software for the company to have published it without correcting the flaws. The only reason I give it 2 stars is that I will admit it managed to merge the two trees initially, but I'm quite tired of seeing the spinning wheel and having to wait and wait and wait . . . .
I am giving up and doing what I should have done in the first place; buy Reunion for the Mac. I learned that there is a reason they had to price this program at about half of what Reunion sells for, and then discount it 25% to boot - you get what you pay for, but in this case, not even that. Much like their DNA project (don't waste your time or money, use Family Tree DNA - they are professionals who know what they are doing), Ancestry's Mac product is a joke, in my opinion. Ancestry's business model appears to be based on developing a huge base of records which are public domain and using posted trees to make genealogy appear easy. Just copy someone else's work. No need to check sources and citations, Ancestry says that referencing another tree rates as a "source citation". In their rush to take over the world of genealogy, the company is releasing half-baked product lines on the public.
I purchased the program directly from Ancestry, not through Amazon.
UPDATE - 25 July 2012
I did exactly what I said I'd do, purchase Reunion. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Since this isn't a review of Reunion software, I'll be brief. The Reunion program is amazing and runs rings around both the FTM software and the Ancestry site. If you own a Mac and want to do family research, Reunion is DEFINITELY the program to buy. I just wish I had bought it a couple of years ago.