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# Thursday, November 04, 2010
Family Tree Maker for Mac Now Available
Posted by Grace

Ancestry.com has launched the long-awaited Mac version of its Family Tree Maker genealogy software.

The press release states Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac "is constructed from the bottom up to take full advantage of the Mac platform in terms of technology and user experience," but the features listed are very similar to those in the PC version:
  • Ancestry.com searching: Search subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com from Family Tree Maker and merge historical records and information you find into Family Tree Maker. You'll need an Ancestry.com subscription to view most search results; the software comes with either a free trial or subscription to Ancestry.com, depending which you opt to purchase.
  • Multimedia support: You can add photos, documents, audio, video and other media files to the people in your tree. Tools let you scan photos and document images right into your tree.
  • Family books, charts and reports: A strength of Family Tree Maker is the ability to publish attractive family tree charts and books.
  • Slideshows: Create slideshows from photos in your tree
  • Source citation: Standard source templates and other tools to help you cite sources.
  • Migration information: Timelines and interactive maps help you visualize family migrations and other events.
If you're switching from the PC version, you'll be able to transfer files directly into Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac from Family Tree Maker version 4 through Family Tree Maker 2006. To import files from Family Tree Maker 2008 or a later version, you can use the Windows-based conversion tool included with Family Tree Maker for Mac.

Look for our review of Family Tree Maker for Mac in an upcoming issue of Family Tree Magazine.

Pricing starts at $69.99 at FamilyTreeMaker.com. (The PC version starts at $39.95.) You also can pick it up in retail stores, including Apple Stores, Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot and Office Max.

System requirements include an Intel-based Mac with OSX 10.5.8 or later, 500MB available disk space for installation, and internet access (for web integration).

(Just a reminder -- Family Tree Magazine is not affiliated with Family Tree Maker software.)

If you're in the market for Mac genealogy software, check out the product ratings in the July 2008 Family Tree Magazine, available as a digital download from ShopFamilyTree.com. Get the lowdown on genealogy software for Macs or PCs in FamilyTreeMagazine.com's free Software Guide.


Ancestry.com | Genealogy Software
Thursday, November 04, 2010 9:15:06 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Friday, November 05, 2010 12:14:26 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Your comment that "...the features listed are very similar to those in the PC version..." in response to the announcement that FTM's Mac version is constructed from the "bottom up" is quite perceptive. I talked to a FTM tech a few weeks ago and asked if this app was based on the 2010 PC version--after consulting with others, his answer was "Yes." I ordered FTM because I could get a 40% discount, so I asked him to record my complaints: 1)Details were very vague pre-purchase; 2)After many years as a Mac user, I've rarely had good luck with Mac apps that are built on PC versions; 3)I know I gambled the purchase cost, especially after having been warned by other Mac users that FTM had deserted them in the past; and 4)My master file will still be kept on LeisterPro's excellent Reunion. Hope I'm just being pessimistic. ;-)
Judy
Friday, November 05, 2010 10:36:27 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Just talked to Ancestry Customer Service. Pre-orders are due to ship next week.
Judy
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