When FTM2012 first came out, there were specific items that were identified that were FTM2012 ONLY features. The ToDo List is one of them.
I agree with the Location (Place Name Authority) table in FTM2012 is NOT the same format of that information from Ancestry.com (any way you do it). The TreeSync™ will keep the Place Name correct. But if you do an update to your Ancestry Member Tree or a Web Merge, the Place from the merge will have to be resolved.
For me, I don't want to wait for Ancestry to catch up to FTM2012. Hopefully they will resolve this issue.
The other, much more important item for me, is the way the Citations are handled on Ancestry and how they come into FTM2012, but either method I just mentioned.
I have reported both of these items to the Feedback link, in the Help, Online Help Center of FTM2012.
I have to disagree with you about their pushing or not pushing features on either platform. I want Ancestry.com for my Content, and FTM2012 for the management of my database. I want more features in FTM2012 and more Content from Ancestry.
Also, Please do NOT consider Ancestry.com as a "back up" for your FTM2012 file. Back it up, manually, put at least ONE copy of your back up in "the cloud". I back up to an External Drive and the Cloud backs up my file as well. My AMT is another version of my research to access when I am not home.
I have been using the Sync feature since it came out, and it has never corrupted my local file.
One user's opinion.