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# Wednesday, December 12, 2007
PC Magazine Reviews Family Tree Maker 2008
Posted by Diane

Not to beat a dead horse, but has anyone seen PC Magazine’s review of Family Tree Maker 2008?

The reviewer, Lisa Reufenacht, gave it four out of five stars (or circles, or whatever those are). You can kinda tell she doesn’t do a lot of genealogy research. The word GEDCOM is nowhere to be found, and she makes no mention of genealogists' uproar over the software’s functionality problems and missing reports. She also notes Family Tree Maker 2008 is the only genealogy program she knows of offering automatic Ancestry.com searching, apparently unaware that’s because both products come from the same company.

Of course the PC Magazine review is intended for a general audience, one not necessarily composed of genealogical enthusiasts. “Within 10 minutes, I had a family history … going back to my great-grandparents on my dad's side,” Reufenacht says. “I didn't have to search for any of the information—Family Tree Maker and Ancestry.com did everything for me.”

Makes us a little sad to think about users who’ll be at a loss for what to do when Ancestry.com runs out of records (or doesn’t have any) on their ancestors.

Though her review focused heavily on the auto-searching, Reufenacht did hit the nail on the head with this one: Used without a $155.40-per-year Ancestry.com subscription, Family Tree Maker loses some its shine.

Look for Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Rick Crume’s Family Tree Maker 2008 review—from a genealogist’s perspective—in our March 2008 issue, on newsstands mid-January (note our magazine is not affiliated with the software).

You can join the Family Tree Maker 2008 discussion in our Product News and Reviews Forum.


Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy Software
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 2:29:34 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
Saturday, December 15, 2007 4:47:56 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
The reviewer appears to have little, if any, experience in genealogy and didn't perform more than a cursory examination of the software. It's also obvious that the reviewer didn't perform any kind of research on the product beyond personal use which in itself was limited at best. I thought better of PC Magazine and its staff. Hopefully, people considering FTM 2008 will not rely heavily on this review. FTM 2008 has potential, however, at the moment it has many problems even after two patches have been released. Furthermore, there still remain many features lacking that were available in prior versions. Most people consider FTM 2008's release as premature and ill advised. In my opinion, it certainly doesn't rate four out of five stars in its current configuration.
William Carr
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