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To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

Posted: 16 Feb 2013 12:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have been using FTM 2011 now since it came out and am happy with it, but is it worth upgrading now to 2012 or should I stick with 2011?
I would value others input on this.
Many thanks
Carol

Re: To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

Posted: 17 Feb 2013 4:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
These are the changes between FTM 2011 and FTM 2012


New in initial 2012 release
1. TreeSync™
2. Smart stories™ improvements
3. New blended families view
4. Simplified interface for version upgraders
5. New customized fact sentences

Reports
6. “New” (enhanced) notes report
7. New index of individuals and surname reports
8. New generation labels
9. Additional options in descendant chart adding text to a chart


This really was not a large list as most of the development work went into getting the new link and sync called TreeSync™ feature working reliably. TreeSync™ is a technology that links your file created in Family Tree Maker 2012 to a file that you can create online called an Ancestor Member Tree (AMT).

Changing either syncs the two files either manually or automatically. But there were a lot of difficulties getting this technology to work reliably on all computers all over the world and Ancestry.com released a patch for Family Tree Maker 2012 called the .580 patch. This is what went into it. They also added a number of new features.

So what is in the .580 Service Release?
10. Ability to sync accepted and rejected hints between Family Tree Maker and ancestry member trees.
11. Option to include/exclude ancestry media in synced trees.
12. Undocumented facts report. (brilliant!!)
13. Task list, options to include/exclude task attributes and reclaim space for items excluded.
14. Ability to select multiple facts in the source citation link dialog.
15. Data errors report. Added an option to list event dates that are not valid, e.g. you can’t get married before you are born.
16. New family view report (nice)
17. Outline descendant report option to list only direct descendants between an ancestor and one descendant. Saved charts and reports are now listed alphabetically.
18. Individuals to include dialog opens with the current person selected in the list.

Relationship Chart
19. Father and mother are both included (at top) when relationship goes through a set of parents
20. Added option for using short place names.
21. Added option for automatically resizing text to fit. (nice!!)

Individual Report
22. Clearer notation in instances where a spouse is listed with no children.
23. Added option to include/exclude lifespan in individual summary header.
24. Added option to include/exclude individual summary on subsequent pages.

Notes Report
25. Added support for allowing notes to span across page breaks.

Data Errors Report
26. Added option to include only preferred facts.

Family Group Sheet
27. Added media for the selected person to the family picture dropdown
28. Improved spacing and label consistency.

Media Item Report
29. Added option to include/exclude media notes.
30. Added option to include/exclude media links

Photo Album.
31. Improved space recovery when including date/description

Media Usage Report
32. Added options to include/exclude caption, date, description, category, note.
33. Optimized dynamic sizing of media according to media information included.
Documented Facts Report
34. Added option to include/exclude citation notes
35. Added option to include only preferred facts.

Thirty-five, quite a list of updates! Well, another major service release has been made available. Again, Family Tree Maker will “see” the availability of the new patch and offer to install it. Alternatively, if you haven’t got your Tools>Options set to check automatically for updates, go to Help>Check for Updates. When installed the version number (Help>About) will say 21.00.704.

So what is in the New 704 Release?
1. Improved sync stability and reliability
2. Place name update. This is a big change. This enhancement has been implemented specifically to better accommodate addresses and other place detail that is part of a place name.
3. Ability to mark media items private
a. Private media items are excluded from sync
b. Private media can be excluded from export
4. Web links can be added to a person via the new Web links tab in People collection (right panel) and People detail (lower panel)
5. Source citations now include a “Web address” field and an option to include/exclude the web address in the reference note
6. The Sync log now appears as a report that can be printed
7. Improved backup and restore
a. A file that is linked to Ancestry via TreeSync can be restored and re-linked so that syncing can resume with the restored instance. Note that restoring and re-linking such a file will unlink any previously linked file.
b. Options for including historical facts and web favourites are now available in backup/restore
8. Copy/paste facts—Copy a fact and paste it to anyone in the tree or into another tree. Pasting within the same tree includes the date, place, description, sources, media, and notes. Pasting to another tree does not include sources, media and notes. When pasting, you can select any/all members of the person’s family and paste to all at once.




Other Improvements
9. File and Web Merge—user interface improvements to make it easier to see what is kept and what is discarded
10. b. List of last 25 people visited (dropdown in people index find field)
11. Lifespan shown more consistently throughout the program and in charts/reports
12. LDS ordinances in the family panel (with LDS info turned on in Options)
13. Touch screen gesture support for scroll, zoom and rotate (lists, pedigree, media collection, media viewer, places map). (Interesting!!!)
14. Year-only option in the People index
15. Individual report notes associated with people and facts are more clearly designated
16. New option for setting a fact as private by default (fact properties)
17. New font size options in charts
18. Bug fixes

Another eighteen, a very significant list and all free!

And one more patch
Then we got a further patch number .723.
This covered further bug fixes but offered no additional capability, so I won’t waste space listing them all.

So if you to Help>About in Family Tree Maker 2012 you will see the build number is 21.00.723. If your version does not show this number, then I suggest that you go to Help>Check for Updates and install the free patch. More information is on this link:

http://ftm.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5409/kw/upda...


John D

Re: To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

Posted: 17 Feb 2013 8:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
John
In the 580 patch, #11. Option to include/exclude ancestry media in synced trees .... will that help avoid the problem with media file names being changed to long, unrecognizeable alpha-numerical names? Or, to put it another way, when syncing back to FTM if media is excluded will original media (and names) remain in tact?

Re: To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

Posted: 17 Feb 2013 11:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes

In fact when it was added I privatised all my media and then synced.

No media were uploaded

I then un-privatised some selected media in FTM

The program then advised that a sync was needed

It only uploaded the unprivatised media

I then privatised some media again and re synced and the previous privatised media was uploaded and synced

Media names were not changed

It seems to work very well and was one of the changes that finally convinced me that after 18 months of refining (hence the number of patches) that link and sync was ready for showtime and I now have my file full linked

John D

Re: To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

Posted: 17 Feb 2013 12:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Goodness me what a detailed reply :o) thank you so much it seems that the problems that put me off upgrading before have now been fixed.
Silly question, I have four separate trees if I link one will it link them all?
Many thanks for all your help.

Re: To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

Posted: 17 Feb 2013 1:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am confused, my version is 20.0.0.368 when I click on update it tells me I do not have administrator rights to do this.
I am the sole user of this computer I am the administrator so why will it not let me do this? I have gone into the properties and tried to make it know that I am administrator but can not fathom out what to do. Help please people, should I uninstall and reinstall the program ?

Re: To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

Posted: 17 Feb 2013 5:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for these detailed instructions, John. I think you just saved me alot of grief.

Also, thanks for the "reasons to upgrade" post. Have not been doing research for a few years. Time to upgrade and get back at it.

One further question, if I may impose further on your expertise, do you find it best, in terms of the way Ancestry online interacts with FTM, to attach media in FTM or copy into the database.

Cheers.

Re: To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

Posted: 17 Feb 2013 5:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Carol,

I am a bit rusty, so if others correct me go with that, but I believe you have to start FTM by first right clicking on the FTM icon and selecting Run as Administrator. This threw me off at first, too, as I thought simply being logged into Windows with Admin rights was enough. Not so, apparently.

Now, I just tried this in Windows 8 and it doesn't seem to work (i.e., won't open program as Admin by right clicking), but you should be OK if using XP, Vista or Win 7.

Re: To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

Posted: 17 Feb 2013 10:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
"I am confused, my version is 20.0.0.368 when I click on update it tells me I do not have administrator rights to do this.
I am the sole user of this computer I am the administrator so why will it not let me do this? I have gone into the properties and tried to make it know that I am administrator but can not fathom out what to do. Help please people, should I uninstall and reinstall the program ?"

No you don't reinstall, simply right click on the FTM icon on your desktop and run as an administrator.

Please look at Microsoft Help and check out Administrator rights. It is a standard Windows security feature and has absolutely nothing about who owns or uses the computer.

Type "administrator rights" into Google and learn about it as is a fundamental step in using a Windows computer

John D

Re: To upgrade FTM 2011 or not

Posted: 17 Feb 2013 10:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
"Goodness me what a detailed reply :o) thank you so much it seems that the problems that put me off upgrading before have now been fixed.
Silly question, I have four separate trees if I link one will it link them all?
Many thanks for all your help."

No, you can only have one tree linked to one FTM file

So if you have four separate trees (files) then you need to create an online AMT for each of them

John D
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