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FTM Customer Service Experience

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FTM Customer Service Experience

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 4:54PM GMT
Classification: Query

Customer support for this product is too poor to recommend its purchase. Those risking the purchase of this software would do best by buying it from the manufacturer, using a credit card for the purchase that might be credited in the event of later requesting a refund.

I found poor my strategy of using Family Tree Maker to maintain a printable off-line backup of tree(s) created on-line at


Family Tree Maker for the Mac 2 is one of the most popular genealogy software packages available.

A six-month cost-free trial of is offered.

Print options for FTM for the Mac 2 are much better than for (sister) family trees constructed on


My experience was that the stated claim of complete satisfaction and refund is false. I purchased the software from Office Max, not from Development. I returned the software within the 60 day period to Avanquest. My refund request status was listed as approved after a few weeks. Six weeks after receiving my post-paid manuals, disks, and forms, the company claimed they mailed a refund check (they had not processed the credit card purchase). That check was never received. Three subsequents requests for a replacement check have gone unacknowledged and unheeded. Using the company's website and other Internet information, I have been unsuccessful in identifying any individual in customer support or on the refund team who can aid in my request. An online chat with a company representative yielded the following: "Once there is no return check from us, we cannot reissue a replacement check." So much for complete satisfaction.

A second con is that the synchronization and replication of associated data are quite poor between trees constructed online at and those maintained on the customer's computer.

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