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Questions About Family Tree Maker For Mac ??

Questions About Family Tree Maker For Mac ??

Posted: 8 Sep 2013 2:26AM GMT
Classification: Query

I have been using ancestry.com and I am happy with it, however, I have found items that I would prefer being different. I have a few questions before i take the plunge:

1. Is the tree cross-referencable? For example: I have a lot of family buried in a cemetery, can I cross-reference to see all the family members buried in that cemetery, or do I have to look at each person individually like with Ancestry.com?
2. Is it easy to save the documents to my computer, so they are "mine"? I don't want to always have to maintain my Ancestry subscription.
3. Does FTM work using ancestry.com records?
4. What happens when FTM comes out with a new edition of the program? Can I upgrade to the new version and keep all the documents? I want to be saving the documents them selves, not just the info as in a GEDCOM file.
What is the best version? Is there a "Professional line" of FTM?

If Family Tree Maker is not the right program for me, can someone tell me that program that would answer my needs listed above. I prefer Mac to PC programs.

Thank You For Your Time!

Re: Questions About Family Tree Maker For Mac ??

Posted: 8 Sep 2013 3:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Many of your questions are answered in other threads on this board, I suggest just spending a bit of time reading some of the other threads.

>> What is the best version? Is there a "Professional line" of FTM?<<

There are two versions of FTM for MAC, the latest version "syncs" with the ACOM on-line member tree program. No "professional lines".

>>4. What happens when FTM comes out with a new edition of the program? Can I upgrade to the new version and keep all the documents? I want to be saving the documents them selves, not just the info as in a GEDCOM file.<<

Yes, you can upgrade to a new version and your data from the older version upgrades, as files to when you upgrade from one version to the next with any other application.

>>If Family Tree Maker is not the right program for me, can someone tell me that program that would answer my needs listed above. I prefer Mac to PC programs.<<

Only you understand your needs. If you want to have the ability for the ACOM on-line tree program to share data (relatively) in-tact with a desktop application, FTMM might be a good choice. I say "share" data because the desk-top FTM/FTMM and the ACOM on-line member tree program are not versions of one another, they have the ability to share SOME data, but not all. The ACOM member tree program is not a full blown bells and whistles genealogy program, it's limited in functions it offers., FTM/FTMM are full blown gene apps.

If you have a Mac, get a Mac native program. I use both FTMM and Reunion, up and downsides to both.

>>3. Does FTM work using ancestry.com records?<<

Yes, but using the web-browsing function (including the Ancestry site) from FTMM can be slow, clunky and buggy. If you work with a number of tabs open to the ACOM site, you should be directly on the site.

>>1. Is the tree cross-referencable? For example: I have a lot of family buried in a cemetery, can I cross-reference to see all the family members buried in that cemetery, or do I have to look at each person individually like with Ancestry.com?<<

Not sure what you mean. Your "sort" options are limited on ACOM, whereas in FTM there are many more choices to sort and also run reports, which ACOM member tree program doesn't do. Again, ACOM member tree program is a very basic gene app, with limited functions.

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Most of what you read on this board is about the dissatisfaction with FTMM, however there are very few issues that can't be resolved. It helps if you understand this kind of integrative software is pretty delicate, and not suitable for novice users (to Mac, to genealogy applications, to using the internet effectively, to ACOM; or any combo of those), not without spending a good amount of time learning all the tricks of all the players.

Re: Questions About Family Tree Maker For Mac ??

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 3:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
My thoughts on item 2. When synched any notes, stories etc generated on Ancestry come to FTM and open in a web browser only. So I would wonder if you gave up your subscription if you would still have access to that information. This is my current question. I'm about ready to physically copy all that from Ancestry and re-enter it on FTM so I have a 'real' copy instead of a icon that opens to my browser. Would like to hear others on this.

Re: Questions About Family Tree Maker For Mac ??

Posted: 14 Sep 2013 7:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Uploaded data (hard copies), ie; stories, photos, images, etc, *should* "sync" between the two applications (ACOM on-line member tree program and FTM/FTMM (latest versions)).

"Notes" are an entirely different story. There is no "Notes" field in the ACOM on-line member tree program, but there is in FTMM. Again, the two applications only share SOME data.

All uploaded data exists and is viewable in your tree(s) whether or not you have are subscribing to the ACOM collection databases.

Your tree on ACOM is not dependent on a paid subscription. When you cease to subscribed to the ACOM collections db's, any "links" you saved to your tree go dead, the citation still remains, but access to view the document/image associated to the link is unavailable. Those links will go "live" again, if you resubscribe in the future, however, nothing is forever.

Re: Questions About Family Tree Maker For Mac ??

Posted: 14 Sep 2013 7:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hmm, the manual says that unless media is attached to a citation it will not sync up to Acom. I have no intentions of sharing some pictures with the world. Guess I'll just have to try something and see what happens.

Re: Questions About Family Tree Maker For Mac ??

Posted: 15 Sep 2013 6:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
"Hmm, the manual says that unless media is attached to a citation it will not sync up to Acom"

The ACOM on-line member tree program requires the any *Media* (uploaded data), to be initially attached to at least one profile in the tree. Once the data is uploaded and attached to the profile, you can: 1) link the data to a specific "event/fact" in the profile timeline, as well as 2) attach the data to other profiles in the tree.

Can you cite where they use the term "citation" as in "the manual says that unless media is attached to a citation"? They're using the term "citation" incorrectly and should be advised to change it, no wonder people are confused.

The media you have uploaded and attached to profiles (and further, to timeline events/facts in those profiles) in your ACOM on-line tree *should* sync with the FTMM file/db/tree, and vis-verse. The *media* share between the two apps is 1:1.

I suggest this; I used this and still use do this to this day, because tech is not static. I keep a test tree on ACOM and FTMM. I tinker around with test tree to learn how the two share data and learn the tricks of both program, before exposing my db's to changes. I don't allow auto sync, never have, simply because Ancestry's persistent site issues are legendary. There is too much wonky that can occur.

I'm not an ACOM apologist, far from it, but this is a hobby for me, not saving lives. Genealogy is a slow practice to begin with, I don't work fast, don't have piles of data which require instantaneous syncing. Instead of ending up with all the issues and the frustration that so many have, I'm moving along with my research, and utilizing the tech to (what I believe) the best of its abilities at this time. This too will change in the future, tech is not static.



Re: Questions About Family Tree Maker For Mac ??

Posted: 15 Sep 2013 7:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
I hear you! The idea about a test tree is great. My only thing is that I do not want everything uploaded to Ancestry and have been told you can set it not to (for some things).

Heres's from the manual " Media items attached to source citations in FTM will be uploaded; Media items attached to sources in FTM will not be uploaded." page 244

I too only manually sync!

I'll have to say that I'm confused. I've been told I can keep what I want private and it won't upload and yet it appears not to be true.? What I'm saying is if I put my dad's death certificate into FTM I don't want to see it on ACOM.
Thanks for the reply
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