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Family Tree Maker 2014 update now available

Postby JaneyH » Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:34 pm

Just wondering if anyone has taken the plunge and has updated their Family Tree Maker software to the new MacKiev version just released. It's described as an "update" (hence 2014.1 rather than 2017, I assume) and the FAQs say it's mainly about performance and stability, rather than new features.
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Re: Family Tree Maker 2014 update now available

Postby ianw16 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:07 pm

JaneyH wrote:Just wondering if anyone has taken the plunge and has updated their Family Tree Maker software to the new MacKiev version just released. It's described as an "update" (hence 2014.1 rather than 2017, I assume) and the FAQs say it's mainly about performance and stability, rather than new features.


I didn't know about the upgrade. However, I have since noticed that FTM 2014 is no longer syncing with Ancestry. Evidently, I will need to buy the new FTM 2017 to regain the sync feature. I've just bought RootsMagic 7, which is US$20.00 if you take up their special offer for current FTM users. They are teaming up with Ancestry to introduce syncing by mid-April. If it goes well, I might just kick FTM into touch. RM also gives hints from Family Search and My Heritage (subscription needed).
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Re: Family Tree Maker 2014 update now available

Postby JaneyH » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:30 pm

Since posting this I've had the email with details of FTM 2017. Still sitting on the fence I have to admit.

Hints from Ancestry AND Family Search is a welcome development, and as a long-term FTM user I'm unlikely to switch programs any time soon.


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Re: Family Tree Maker 2014 update now available

Postby ianw16 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:58 pm

JaneyH wrote:Since posting this I've had the email with details of FTM 2017. Still sitting on the fence I have to admit.

Hints from Ancestry AND Family Search is a welcome development, and as a long-term FTM user I'm unlikely to switch programs any time soon.


I've literally just got RM 7 set up on my computer. Very easy download and payment procedure. Easy to import everything from FTM. I've now seen that it also has hints from FMP, which I also have a subscription to :) I'll see how the Ancestry thing goes, and may well stick with it, whilst also keeping FTM 2014 up to date. Not sure I'll buy FTM 2017.
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Re: Family Tree Maker 2014 update now available

Postby ianw16 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:32 am

OK, so rather predictably, I did buy FTM 2017! I think it was £29.95. Hasn't been released as yet (supposed to be 31/03, but now today, 04/04). It did allow me to get a free upgrade to FTM 2014.1, while I wait for the latest version.
I think the RootsMagic program was a decent investment, though, as it will also sync with Ancestry, and provide hints from them, as well as FMP, Family Search & My Heritage. For around £16.00, it could be a useful addition.
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Re: Family Tree Maker 2014 update now available

Postby ianw16 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:51 pm

Well, it seems FTM 2017 is going to be a little while longer before it is released to the public. I have managed to sign up to be a beta tester though, and downloaded the program today. Did some much needed syncing, and all seems to be working just fine, touch wood.
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Re: Family Tree Maker 2014 update now available

Postby Ashbee » Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:14 am

Earlier in the year I paid for the update, persuaded by the fact that unless I did my old version of FTM wouldn't sync with Ancestry. Glitches in the software have delayed roll out and I've received several emails from the company trying to encourage me to take part in the beta testing. I'm reluctant so have to wait until the thing is tested and working 100%. It's taking longer than I would have expected though...
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Re: Family Tree Maker 2014 update now available

Postby Ashbee » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:37 am

Any news on this anyone? It's gone silent as far as info from the company is concerned.
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Re: Family Tree Maker 2014 update now available

Postby JaneyH » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:36 am

FTM 2014.1 has been available for some time but without the ability to sync to Ancestry. Various beta versions and test drives of FTM 2017 have been launched by MacKiev in recent weeks. I joined test drive 1 which worked fine and gave me no difficulties.

At the weekend just gone I moved to TD2 with the ability to sync for the first time. Once again this went smoothly (my main tree has c.2,000 people in it and around 1,000 media items). I haven't explored all the new functionality yet but overall the look and feel is very similar to the 2014 version.

MacKiev anticipate the full launch of FTM 2017 being in a further 2-3 weeks. There's lots of information on the family tree maker website (not MacKiev's main site) and also a very active Facebook group called Family Tree Maker users.
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Re: Family Tree Maker 2014 update now available

Postby Ashbee » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:42 pm

Thanks JaneyH...
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