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Family Tree Maker Platinum - 2014 Edition (PC)

by Avanquest Software
Windows 8
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
Price: 37.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • The latest version of the uk's no. 1 selling family history software
  • includes everything you need to begin your family history journey
  • quickly and easily build your family tree
  • update your tree on the go with the treesync feature
  • create family books, charts and reports
  • includes a 6-month 'premium' membership to ancestry.co.uk
  • search and access over 1 billion key records including uk census records and birth, marriage and death records
  • printed version of the family tree maker companion guide
  • put your ancestors on the map and track your family's migration path
  • write smart stories about your family using simple tools and templates
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 8
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Release Date: 1 Nov 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

The No1. Selling Family History Software

With exciting new features and enhancements to help you, Ancestry.co.uk ™ Family Tree Maker® 2014 makes it easier than ever to discover your family story, preserve your legacy and share your unique heritage.

Enjoy new Family View™ for a broader view of your tree and explore new enhanced charts and reports, including more print options. Plus the improved TreeSync™ feature lets you sync your tree from your computer, tablet or smartphone, so you always know you're accessing and sharing the very latest information.

Family Tree Maker® 2014 lets you easily:-
  • Organise your family story privately and conveniently on your desktop computer or laptop
  • Build your family tree as Ancestry.co.uk™ searches millions of historical records.
  • IMPROVED! Get started quickly with an easy-to-use interface.
  • IMPROVED! Update your tree using TreeSync™ from any computer with a Web browser or with your mobile device.
  • NEW! View your tree two ways - in Family View or Pedigree View.
  • IMPROVED!Get your questions answered with upgraded help topics.
  • NEW! Export a branch of your tree or automatically sort children in families using simplified common tasks
  • IMPROVED! Print your tree using new enhancements to charts and reports including customisable list reports
Family Tree Maker® 2014 features a host of new and exciting ways to discover your family tree:-
  • New Family View - see your family tree in a new way. This additional view makes navigating easier, especially when you want to see extended family members.
  • Improved TreeSync ™- lets you easily synchronise your tree in Family Tree Maker® with an online Ancestry.co.uk™ tree.
    A more robust TreeSync lets you sync even more of your family tree info.
    Easily share your tree with your family and work on it together. Family and friends can view the online version of your tree without software or a subscription.
    Collaborate with the largest, most active family history resource.
  • More organisational tools - stay organised with new tools that let you sort children automatically by birth order and view people by location, grouping them by country, state, county, and city.
  • New and improved charts and reports - more options and views let you display an individual's ancestors, spouses, and children together. Also, the Index of Individuals Report has been expanded with options for anniversary, birthday, and contact lists, and more.
  • New tree branch export - a new export option makes it much simpler to export a single branch of your tree.
  • More editing options - save time with the ability to copy and paste facts including related source citations, media items, and notes.
Family Tree Maker 2014® Platinum Edition includes a 6-month 'Premium' Membership to Ancestry.co.uk™ †:
  • Explore millions of fascinating records and delve into your family's past.
  • Search and access 1 billion UK records on Ancestry.co.uk the world's largest online family history resource.
  • You can search key historical records including: UK Census records, exclusive UK parish records dating back to the 16th century, Military records from both World Wars, Immigration records, Irish records, plus guaranteed access to all new UK records.

The Premium membership provides everything you need to trace your family history in the UK. Delve deep into your past with unlimited access to over 1 billion records, plus guaranteed access to all our new UK releases.

Platinum Edition Also Includes:

Printed version of the Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker: Learn Family Tree Maker's most popular features with quick lessons that make research fast and fun.

†The included 6-month Ancestry.co.uk™ 'Premium' membership begins upon activation of the membership with a valid credit or debit card. Unless you cancel before the end of your included membership period, a paid 6-month'Premium' membership will commence at the end of the included membership period and the relevant price will be debited from your credit or debit card. Your membership will then automatically renew at the end of each 6-month membership period at the same price unless you cancel at least two days before your renewal date. To cancel visit the My Account section of Ancestry.co.uk or call 0800 404 9723. Use of Ancestry.co.uk is subject to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. See www.ancestry.co.uk for full details.

Why Family Tree Maker®

  1. Access interactive street and satellite maps - View important locations in your ancestors' lives. Or create a migration map showing where events in their lives took place.
  2. Easily organise media - Add photos, documents, audio and video in one, easy-to-access location. Link media to multiple people in your tree and incorporate them into charts and reports.
  3. Share your work with others - Use templates to create beautiful family trees or design your own with powerful charting tools. Enhance charts with backgrounds, embellishments and family photos.
  4. Discover new family members - Follow hints from Ancestry.co.uk, the world's largest family history resource.
  5. Create Smart Stories - Transform facts from your tree into stories that update automatically as you update your tree.
  6. Simplify source creation - Use templates to source everything from online databases to vital records.
  7. Use standard location names - Use the place authority database to enter place names consistently and in a standard format.
  8. Explore data like never before - Use new and improved reports to gather information and export it in a variety of formats. Save settings in one report and apply them to others.
  9. Navigate your tree with ease - View multiple generations, navigate to any individual in your tree with a click of the mouse and add or edit life events.
  10. Import data from other genealogy programs - Open files created in Legacy™ Family Tree, The Master Genealogist™ and FamilySearch™ Personal Ancestral Files.

Box Contains

CD-ROM;Quick Start Guide;Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
115 of 118 people found the following review helpful
By Derek Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
I purchased FTM 2014 direct from Ancestry as an existing subscriber.

There are three distinct groups of people who would consider buying this product:
1. Owners of a previous version who are subscribers to Ancestry and wish to extend their subscriptions for six months at the lowest possible cost.
2. Owners of a previous version who are hoping for improvements in this latest version.
3. People new to genealogy looking for a program to help them.

I belong to the first group. Premium membership of Ancestry normally costs 12.95 per month so this package with six months' subscription is therefore a very cheap way of extending Ancestry membership.

People in the second group will be much less satisfied, for there are tweaks to the program rather than a major overhaul, though there were no problems in setting up the software or integrating it with my existing tree. The main difference in the 2014 version is that one has the option of Family View in addition to Pedigree View - just as one has on the Ancestry website. The interface has been improved marginally and in addition one can now export an individual branch of one's tree. However, these are relatively minor changes and would not justify upgrading to FTM 2014 unless one values the six months' Ancestry membership. There are supposed to be improvements to the charts but I can detect no real difference. It was anyway unlikely that there would have been major improvements in this area because Ancestry wishes to continue to sell its charting software programs as extra add-ons. Buying this new version only for impovements in functionality would be a waste of money.

I believe that Family Tree Maker may be a good buy for those in the third group - people embarking on genealogy as a new hobby.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2014 13 Nov 2013
I have only had a few hours on the new 2014 Family Tree Maker. I bought on line at the FTM Site.

The 6 monthly free premium membership is worth about 52 on its own. The package includes CD and includes
283 pages "Companion Guide" written in small print.

It is compatible with Windows XP - Vista- Window 7 & 8 either with 32 of 64 bit compatible.
Apart from a few cosmetic differences I cannot see much difference between versions 2012 & 2014.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BE VERY CAREFUL!!! 6 Dec 2013
I purchased this product over a month ago and am still trying to get it to work.

It will not permit me to `register and it will not connect to my Ancestry subscription and therefore the vital `web-search' and `places' functions are inoperable. These flaws render it utterly useless as a safe and reliable research resource.

I have spent hours on the telephone with the help desk and tried scores of suggested `fixes' to no avail. I have also had my PC checked out by a specialist company who have declared this to be a software problem peculiar to the 2014 upgrade.

The `experts' in the help centre have finally admitted defeat and have advised me to go back to using the 2012 version. Trouble is (AND THIS IS WHERE YOU SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL BEFORE PURCHASING) my data has now been converted into a form that will only convert back to the old 2011 version of Family Tree Maker and not the 2012 version that I previously used.! As I no longer have FTM 2011 on my PC I have been utterly snookered.

The Customer Service people have advised me to go and ask their sister company for a refund (they seem unwilling to do this themselves for me) leaving me with the hassle of producing the evidence to justify this! They have offered no suggestion at all about what I might do next, now they have stranded me in this hopeless position.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to upgrade 22 Dec 2013
By Graza
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Building on Derek Jones review which I found really helpful.
I was really concerned about upgrading from FTM 2012 as I am sure would anyone who has spent hours producing their family tree especially given some people's reported problems.
Well I have to say it was a breeze so thank you Avanquest and Ancestry.
A few points that I found hard to clarify before going for it.
FTM2014 installs completely separately from FTM2012 so you can retain your old tree in this software in parallel to your new tree.
When you install FTM 2014 it automatically upgrades itself before you can use it, I suspect getting rid of some of those initial issues, so make sure you are connected to the internet.
When it opens your current tree it has to convert it to its new format, but it does ask you if you want to keep the old version and save the new one with a new name. I'd definitely go for this approach then you can still open your old tree with your old version.
Finally if your tree is linked to Ancestry to synchronise, FTM2014 will detect that and ask if you would like to swap this to your new tree, I said yes and everything worked fine.
If you now open your old tree in the old version of software it is still there locally but no longer linked to Ancestry.com. I guess if you really wanted to you could re-upload this as a different name although not sure why you would want to.
Totally agree with Derek Jones' views on why you would do this, the best bit is the 6 months premium. Changes in the software indeed seem limited from FTM2012, the tree view is useful and when opening media the mouse wheel now zooms (little things please!). Other than that all looks much the same.
After upgrading as far as I can see all my notes and place co-ordinates that had been changed are intact.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not 100% happy
I had bought a new lap top running Windows 8.1 so needed a new family tree programme. I chose Family Tree Maker as I had been using a previous version for 5 years with no... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jane Austen Collector
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money.
This is extremely good value for money, especially when you consider the 6 months free subscription to Ancestry.
Still has one or two bugs.
Published 10 days ago by Mr. J. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Program
Its worth it for the free six month with Ancestry dot com. Plus Its easier to find duplicates and maps.
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. S. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Family tree maker
A really good idea if you want to learn about your family, all the details can be saved and you can find individual people quite easily
Published 19 days ago by Mrs. Eileen Largan
1.0 out of 5 stars Subcription cannot be upgraded
Prior to purchasing I confirmed via email with ancestry that I could upgrade this to get the Worldwide membership from the included Premium membership as the World version of FTM... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RedFrog
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive programme with good links to Ancestry
I had been researching my family tree for some time and had developed an on line tree. This did not have any tree printing facility and so I looked for a programme to run on my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by oakhurst2023
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Time Waster - full of interest.
Takes a little while to get used to how to work this and sync with Ancestry etc but once you get the hang of it it is very simple to use. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Missjudgement
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite there Yet
This is good as family tree software goes but has got bugs when I connected to my Ancestry tree on line I was overwhelmed with "Hints" about 200 hundred of them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr D.
1.0 out of 5 stars compulsary update on disc of product
if you do the update this product it fails.

and you have to uninstall and reload

Published 1 month ago by a.r.billingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker Platinum
This item was delivered quickly and was well packed. My spouse uses this more than me. I can only report that there seems to be little change from the previous version. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Fowler
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