Want to help you out, but don't know where to start.
What CD are you having a problem with?
Are you talking about the Family Tree Maker Program? Since you posted your message on the Family Tree Maker message board, I am guessing that is what you are venting about.
If so, what Version of Family Tree Maker are you using. (Help, About will tell you that).
Yes, there is a difference in using an Online Member Family Tree and the Family Tree Maker program.
Have you looked at the Guide PDF file that is on that CD?
Have you looked at the Online Tutorial that can be found in the Help Menu?
Have you watched the Video on Family Tree Maker that is also found in the Help Menu?
Can you provide a specific example of one of the issues that you have with the program that makes you hate it?