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Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Posted: 21 Apr 2011 4:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Any view on which software program I should invest in for a Mac user? I've read the review on both and equally seem fine but I would like some opinions from actual users and how compatible each is with ancestry.ca.

Re: Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Posted: 22 Apr 2011 3:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
I use Reunion. Have heard mostly not good stuff on the New Family Tree Maker, I went with Reunion because it has been around a while and has a good track record, I considered waiting for the new FTM, but from what I hear form a few friends in my MAC users group there are linking problems between people, losing people and lost sourcing data. This is just my opinion, but I am glad I am with Reunion. Didn't much like FTM when I used it prior to MAC purchase, and was about to go to something else anyway.

Re: Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Posted: 22 Apr 2011 2:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the relpy. Reunion was noted as being excellent by Mac Magazine but it's hard to know for sure. I appreciate your input.

Re: Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Posted: 3 Aug 2011 6:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Reunion is a far more solid app and is well supported. It won't let you down. The user interface is well laid out and easy to pick up. It is not phased by same sex marriages, adoption, or any of the other non linear family bonds. I thoroughly recommend it.
I have recently bought Family Tree Maker 2011 for Mac because of the integration with the site but so far I am not impressed. I assumed that it would be fully synced to my web-hosted trees. Instead I find that you download the whole tree. While it is true that you can then run the web-based searches directly from the computer-based tree you would then have to do the whole thing again to update the web-based tree. What good is that to anybody? Although you can upload the tree back onto the site it has to be a new tree so you start from square one and you would have to re-invite all your collaborators. This makes the whole integration thing ineffective.
So, as things stand at the moment you can integrate with the site equally well with either app. My advice is to pay the extra money and go with Reunion. It's just better.
There is only one smart reason for buying FTM as well: if you buy it as part of a six month package you can think of it as getting the app thrown in for free. This is what I did, so I don't feel bad about having bought the app. I will continue to use Reunion with the Ancestry website as my principle research tool because it is the best resource out there and if they add syncing to future versions of FTM I will move over because that would make it invaluable.
Hope that makes sense. Good luck in your decision.

Re: Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Posted: 7 Sep 2011 1:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Reunion does not give privacy locks according to their manual.

Re: Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Posted: 8 Sep 2011 2:40AM GMT
Classification: Query
What do you mean that Reunion doesn't have Privacy locks?? I can mark people private. Is a privacy lock something different??

Re: Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 6:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for reminding me there is a lock for an individual records. What concerns me is that no lock exists that I know of to keep my records private as a whole. I don't like anyone coming into my computers since I had two go to the trash heap after being fried by invaders. Since Social Security and medical records can be accessed and your relatives given as evidence of identity in many instances for us older folks who trustingly gave store clerks our social security numbers to be able to use checks for payments in past times, our lives are much more vulnerable to identity theft and abuse. So with Apple being the greatest protectors of my personal computer stored information, I am surprised they don't have a lock for the whole program. I do have the Preferences for Safari blocking as match intrusion as possible now. I caution anyone from putting their own name and information in any tree that goes online. If there is nothing sacred or off limits in society there isn no reason for any religions. It turns prayer into useless prattle. So that is my concern for the next generation since my personal information made it's way around the world without my permission. Being aware is being wise. Only put people before 1900 on your computer. Keep the rest in paper files which can always be read with our without electricity. It is our children's future that can be put on the line vulnerable to the world.

Re: Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Posted: 14 Oct 2011 8:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm giving up on FamilyTreeMaker for Mac and buying Reunion.
Too many crashes & corruptions in the new file/database. A number of people were made their own parents in the tree, but with a single entry in the index. The only way I could fix it was to deleted them, read them & reattach them to the sources.
After the experience I've had with the software, I don't think I could trust the new version that's apparently on it's way.
I've used the trial of Reunion with my new little database and it all looks good. I had some questions that I sent to their support & got answers promptly (sometimes the next day, due to timezones, but in my book that's great) as opposed to the FTMM support that comes back with the generic page/link in their knowledge base, whether that is related to the query or not.
If you go with FTMM, the best of luck - the support on the forum is better than their own technical support.
Best of luck.

Re: Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 10:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Reunion is the way to go. I quit using FTM years ago and switched to Reunion, and I do not regret it one bit!

Re: Reunion 9 or Family Tree Maker - Which one?

Posted: 10 Jan 2012 2:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
I totally agree with what you did Lucia. So did I switch over to Reunion and I have no regrets either. FTM has really went downhill, IMO.
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