The Family Tree Maker Free 2009 Update is within a few days of release! When it’s available for download, we’ll provide specific feature information here. I’ve asked Tana L. Pedersen, author of The Official Guide to Family Tree Maker 2009, to be a guest blogger on this site. She’ll provide you with characteristically clear instructions on how to make the most of your free upgrade.
In addition to the enhancements I mentioned last week, we are continually working to improve the speed and performance of the program. For example, we just implemented a way to reduce the time it takes to resolve an unrecognized place name. In our testing of a large database (100,000 people and 35,000 places), place names that previously took nine seconds to resolve are now completed in less than one second. (Incidentally, for those of you with software development background who might wonder about the timing of this addition, it was a very “safe” change .
Once the update has been released, you will see an update notice appear the next time you start Family Tree Maker 2009.
1. The notice will include options to “Update” or “Remind Me Later.”
2. If you click “Update” another screen will appear. Make sure “Family Tree Maker 2009” is checked and click “Update.”
3. A third screen will give you options about installing or scheduling the update.
4. Click “Start” to begin the update.
Note: If you’re running Vista with User Account Control (UAC) turned on, you will need to run Family Tree Maker 2009 as an administrator to start the update. To do this, right-click on the Family Tree Maker 2009 icon on your desktop and choose “Run as administrator” from the menu.
If you decide not to update now, you can install the update later by choosing “Check For Updates” from the “Help” menu in Family Tree Maker 2009.
Thank you for your suggestions and questions on last week’s post. I’ve read every comment, and I’ve forwarded your enhancement requests to our team. I’ll plan to continue answering common questions in future posts and comments. Next on the agenda is Tana’s explanation of new features. You’ll see her here within the next few days….