Posted by on 22 November 2010 in Family Tree Maker


Got a Mac? announced the launch of Family Tree Maker for Mac, the new Mac version of the world’s No.-1 selling family history software. It is available for purchase online starting at £59.99. The program is also available in select retail stores, including Apple Stores, Amazon, Office Depot, and Office Max.

As a Mac user for many years, I couldn’t be more excited. And I hope you are too. Any new software release generates a lot of questions so I will try to answer the questions I’m hearing.

  • What type of Mac will the application run on? You will need an Intel-based based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.
  • I have been using the PC version of Family Tree Maker. Will I have to start over? Family Tree Maker for Mac includes a migration utility (used on a PC) that will convert your Family Tree Maker Windows files (2010 and 2011) so they can be opened on a Mac (and vice versa).
  • How is the Mac version different from the PC version? The Mac version has the same functionality as Family Tree Maker 2010.
  • Can I download the software from the Family Tree Maker website? No, at this time the software is available on CD only.
  • Can I import a tree I created in Reunion? Yes. You will need to export your file as a GEDCOM and then import it into Family Tree Maker.
  • I am used to using the PC version of Family Tree Maker and don’t want to learn a new program. How different is the Mac version? The Mac version is based on Family Tree Maker 2010, so if you’ve used Family Tree Maker 2008, 2009, or 2010, the transition will be easy.


Darren Trueman 

You make reference to a migration feature to convert to/from a Mac. Am I right in saying that this isn’t on-the-fly, but rather in order to run on the opposite OS, and in many cases, replace existing databases?

What I’d like to know is: with home LANs being common place today, many will be hoping for a Mac version that can open/edit the same files as Windows, thus enabling the use of the same files on both platforms without conversion. When is this likely to happen, as for many it will be the only practical solution?

1 December 2010 at 6:05 pm
Marie Newton 

I am already a premium member of Will the 6 months free subscription be added on to the end of my current membership?

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