Family Tree Maker MAC 2011: Review



Family Tree Maker for Macintosh is now available, but it won't be cheap. Prices are running from $52.46 into the $80.00 range (much more expensive than FTM for PC). I have switched from PC to MAC and will be reviewing this program shortly, mainly to speak of the difference from the FTM 2010 PC version. I am getting used to the Macintosh and like its speed and style.

Update: I loaded FTM on my MAC last light and have had troubles getting my whole file (including media) to transfer form my PC to the MAC FTM. The new MAC program comes with a converter and it states you can convert your PC FTM files to MAC (including media). Of course it has to be FTM 2010 or later version (which I have). I was able to transfer a GEDCOM file, but not my media. I have tried on several different computers and the converter that comes with the FTM for MAC fails every time. I will be transferring media to at least a hundred individuals ones by one. The program itself is very similar to FTM for the PC and you should not be able to tell much of a difference. I think the transfer of files will be the most difficult, especially the media. GEDCOM is easy to transfer, but FTM files might give you problems.

Overall, I like FTM Mac 2011. It is very similar to the 2010 PC version and I believe it outperforms its Mac rival Reunion. If you have a desire to make a book, post reports to the web, or link up with ancestry.com, this is the way to go.

Rating: 4/5 Stars (lost a star for faulty converter)

4 comments:

Hi, I have also transferred to Mac and now want to buy FTM for Mac, but my version of FTM is 2008. Their website says I can easily transfer files from 2008 too. My question to you: do you have a latest update on this? I have about 600 names in my database and the idea of transferring (I have a lot of related facts and stories in mine so it would be a huge undertaking), so I'm being very careful in my decision.

Thanks.

You cannot use there specific converter software unless you have the 2010 version. This comes with the 2011 FTM Mac software. But, you can still transfer GEDCOM files (and other file types) from any years version. This is what it says on the instructions, so I have not tried to use later versions. Possibly it might work, but I was just parroting what the instruction said. I think they put out this converter software to be able to convert your media and documents, unlike a GEDCOM would do.
Thanks for the comment!

I've had the application for just a couple days, so it is new to me. FTM for Mac 2 looks like a Windows program that has been converted instead of a Mac-based program. That may work for Windows users, but for a Mac-only user the interface is cluttered and not-at-all intuitive. There is one bright spot which is the FTM "Places" section which links people who have lived in one geographical location. Ancestry.com doesn't provide that, so that little jewel is research friendly. I had trouble getting it to start, called for HELP, and was told that my 14 day extension to my Ancestry would not work. FTM for Mac 2's window is comprised of six smaller windows which seem to be repetitious of what Ancestry files downloaded already show. There are more family tree charts available than on Ancestry which is fine. Overall, I'd like to see some interaction such as asking questions or giving more direction. I'd rate it 5 out of 10 possible. I hope I'll discover more positive applications from FTM for Mac 2 in the days and weeks ahead. .....don

Don, Thanks for the FTM 2 comments. In my review of FTM 1, I believe my thought's were clouded in comparing FTM to Reunion. I believe FTM to be superior to Reunion. I can see your perspective on being a Mac-only user and how this can be a difficulty. Myself, I had previous Windows experience, so the transition was no problem. Maybe FTM could have been more sensitive in this area. I hope it works out for you. Your comments make for a more well rounded review.

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