It’s been too long! I’m sorry about the length of time since my last post. It’s been a particularly busy time, but that’s no excuse. My goal is to do a weekly post from now on, so you should hear from me on most Mondays.
I’ve really enjoyed hearing about the reasons why you do your genealogy (from my last post) — very interesting to read about! Thank you for sharing.
Here’s our latest news. The development team has been busy preparing the free update that FTM 2009 users will have an opportunity to download shortly. We think of this update as an entire new release — it’s certainly the size of one. Here are some of the new features we’re excited about:
Book building – You’ll be able to create books compiled from charts, reports and text documents. You’ll also be able to import several items from books created in earlier versions of Family Tree Maker.
Calendar – It’s here! Many of you have requested a calendar report, so we slipped it into this free update. I, myself, keep the birthdays of friends and families in my daily calendar, so I understand why so many of you have requested it.
Source templates – The new templates are based on Elizabeth Shown Mills book, Evidence Explained. We’ve worked directly with her to make sure we get it right. As a recognized expert on documenting sources, Elizabeth has been very helpful with her suggestions–and she seems pretty happy with the results. We’re excited about continuing to implement even more of her helpful suggestions in the future.
Extended Family Chart – Many of you have requested the “All in One Chart.” We tried to get it into this patch, but it just didn’t “fit” into our development timeframe. However, we have another new chart that I personally like even better. The Extended Family Chart lets you see all the people in your tree aligned horizontally, organized by generation. You may find that you also like this chart better than the All in One. We’ll also continue to work on the All in One Chart, for those of you who prefer that format.
Improved Ancestry Member Tree Integration – When you upload a copy of your tree from Family Tree Maker to Ancestry, all your notes are now uploaded. Pictures and images come through better. Also, linked documents show up as stories on Member Trees. There’s more to do in this area, and we’ll continue to make improvements.
The free update is being tested right now. When it’s ready for release and you connect to the Internet, Family Tree Maker 2009 can update automatically. If you want to know more, you can see FamilyTreeMaker.com.
That’s it for now. I’ll have more to say this coming Monday. Cheers!