Comments on: Book-Building is Back The official blog of Ancestry Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:10:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: David Thu, 02 Apr 2009 04:46:46 +0000 Yes.. so happy the book building is back. I did loose all my censuses that were download over months of membership on ancestry. The sources are there, but the images are gone.

By: Randall Hughes Sat, 28 Mar 2009 01:00:37 +0000 I am disgusted with FTM 2009.
I can’t do anything like I could with the older versions, especially and including the book feature.
When I attempt to make a book, I am directed to a site that wants me to pay to have the book made!
The oder versions allowed me to make the book, print it, include personal photos, calendars, etc., etc., etc..

Whenever I can find my old disk, I will uninstall 2009 and reinstall an older version!!!

2009 = SUCKS!

By: Elle Sat, 14 Mar 2009 21:25:47 +0000 Has anyone been able to genaerate a report [ahnentafel or register] with 9 or 10 generations? thanks

By: Bonnie Sat, 14 Mar 2009 16:33:05 +0000 I have been searching and searching for some answers about buying the 2009 update. I’ve been told that the book building is ONLY available online as part of membership perks. Personally, I haven’t found anything that says that directly. If I was to purchase only the 2009 software, would it include the book building feature. This is the only thing I am interested in because my 2005 version as been serving me well, but would like to have the updated BB version in the 2009 if it is in fact included in the software. Is it?

By: John Donaldson Sat, 28 Feb 2009 08:37:31 +0000 Ian # 22

Similar first comment

What version are you using?

In FTM 2008/09 it is in the Box Line and Border Dialog in the RH editing panel when you have your boxed descendant chart on screen. Also look for the neat marked boxes option FTM 2008 SP3 and above

In FTM 16 and earlier it is Format>Tree Format

John D

By: John Donaldson Sat, 28 Feb 2009 08:32:03 +0000 #21 Barb

What FTM version?

One way is to simply examine the .FTW or .FTM files (depending on version)using Windows Explorer.

Use the view options to sort by date then examine them from the latest to the earliest, and look at the size as well.

This should give you a good idea of which files are current.

To be safe i would move the ones that you think are obsolete into a temporary folder and hang on to them until you are sure that you have made the right selection.

If you are using FTM 2008/09 it adds a date to the file name when you make a backup

Of course you can do this manually in earlier versions but it is a nice touch.

John D

By: Chuck Maus Sat, 28 Feb 2009 02:10:38 +0000 I have been using FTM 16 and I thought it was a decent program, especially the book-building section. I ignored FTM 2008 because you decided you could build a better book than us. FTM 2009 came out with the premise that book-building would be reinstated so I gave it a try.

When I tried to build a book with your update I was at a loss for words. Who ever wrote that book update needs to go back and read Software 101. The first line states, any update will be more versatile and user friendly.

Converting a book from FTM 16 to FTM 2009 under this update wouldn’t fall under versatility and I have a hard time convincing myself that it’s user friendly.

Any programmer worth it’s salt could build a program to covert from what you call your old format to your new format. I think your old format should be your new format. If anyone questions that statement, make a descendant chart in FTM 16 and one in FTM 2009 and compare the procedure you went through and and the display difference and I’ll rest my case.

I hope you take the criticism your getting on your book update and rebuild it so your customers can make a book they’ll be proud to show.


P.S. anybody having problems saving their book to a PDF file. On-line, a site called PrimoPDF has a program you can download free. If you have a medium resolution book (300dpi) I found you can only save about 100 pages in one PDF file. You just have to make multible files if your book is larger than 100 pages.

By: Eric Watson Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:34:04 +0000 Initially I was very happy to see the book features return to FTM 2009. I have been trying to produce a test book and once again am wondering if this function was even tested. You cannot change the titles on the media items and make it stick. Now all of a sudden text items will not transfer to the finished book. You can open them in the editor and work with it.

By: Greg Tue, 24 Feb 2009 14:06:39 +0000 After a few abortive attempts to add scanned text pages (jpg) to a book without the massive footers I can see why your programmer quit! It either deleted or overwrites any existing data or – and this is most frustrating – adds a second blank page (maybe somebody could remove the extra LF character?) that cannot be used for ANYTHING. Trying to use this extra page only overwrites the data on the first page.
Furthermore, each page that is added shows up in the TOC. I don’t need 32 TOC entries to tell me there is ONE document.
Greg Masoner

By: Ian Mair Mon, 23 Feb 2009 02:43:10 +0000 This is probably not the correct topic to post to, but ….

Does anyone know if you can resize the boxes in the Descendant Chart?

And if so, how???

Many thanks in advance