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Family Tree Maker for Mac v3
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2014
I have been using Family Tree Maker since FTM v2006 for Windows. Whilst using the Windows versions up to & including FTM v2014 I have had very few issues. I switched to Mac in 2009 & was initially was very pleased to see FTM for Mac brought out. HOWEVER, I have had nothing but grief with versions mac v1, mac v2 & mac v3. E.g. I cannot convert mac v3 to windows 2014. Converting FTM mac v2 to FTM mac v3 wiped off all media files. Even uploading FTM mac v2 to Ancestry & trying to download to FTM mac v3 still excludes the media files on mac v3. Children in mac v3 have not been kept in date order. Media files in mac v2 have been renamed in mac v2 from mac v1. All these issues & more I have reported to Ancestry who are very polite but totally ineffective in solving any problems. They say that my family tree has been "corrupted." Be VERY careful about using FTM for mac. Backup every thing & make copies of these backups before you change to mac of any version. Once you have "converted" old backups in the FTM program can be "corrupted" or written over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2014
Yes good much better than the older versions
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2014
After years of happily using successive versions of Family Tree Maker for PCs I have been hugely disappointed with v3 for Macs. The software seems largely unusable for at least older iMacs running 10.6 OS. It is impossibly slow to load searches and frequently hangs. its searches are also inconsistent with the search results obltained from the on-line Ancestry search engine. I have given up and basically only use the on-line Ancestry search engine. It might be better with more recent iMacs but check before you buy.
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on 23 November 2014
Having had this software for the PC I knew what to expect. I have not tried other similar programmes so in that respect I cannot give a comparison but am quite happy with this. When I initially loaded the software an error notice appeared and I phoned up the helpline who advised me that I would have to totally delete the programme and start again. I was duly sent an email with instructions on how to do this and I must admit that the man I spoke to couldn't have been more pleasant or more helpful. Why however the software crashed I do not know but got the impression that this was not particularly unusual. I then found that transferring my previous work from the PC to the Mac was very difficult due to the very misleading information which I got online. However since getting up and running I have had no problems and am thoroughly enjoying my genealogy once again. One word of caution you do need to purchase the Mac version if you are using a Mac although your files from the PC version can be moved to the Mac albeit with a slice of frustration thrown in.
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on 13 December 2014
Whilst the programme fully meets my needs unfortunately there are a couple of problems. These problems did not occur when I used my previous computer which was a pc only with the Mac. I have reported the two problems to ancestry and have been advised they have been passed to their programmers. One is children sorting does not work, two is place of birth and place of birth do not appeal on the family view only on the individual. I think ancestry priorities seem to be with their large pc customers and not with the minority Mac users. Still love the programme just wish they would iron out the difficulties.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2015
Now the disc itself and the product are fine , but I have not as yet been able to activate my 6 months online subscription to the Ancestry website - there are web links to help sort out an apparent ongoing problem with using this software with a Mac but they are really complicated and so far none have worked!
Plug and Play this is not and if this is being sold as software for Mac then they need to do something about it - currently the product is of no use to me for ancestry research and I will consider returning this if I cannot get online - that is after all the only reason I bought this! I will persevere with the patches but if you are not reasonably IT literate I would not recommend buying this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2015
Easy to load and use. So much easier than Mac Family tree which I had bought shortly before and could not use.
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on 31 January 2015
Performs well technically. The functionality seem good, and especially the synchronising with web-based Ancestry.
Early days in my usage, but I have the feeling that the reporting capability could be developed further to aid family research.
However I see other cheap software on the market that provides further analysis and reporting capability, and compatible in terms of data standards.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2014
Difficult to use initially, but it gets easier the more you use it. It produces very good printed reports for your records.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2014
My reason for purchasing this was the 6-month premium membership of ancestry.co.uk. It turns out *after* registration that this is "free trial" and it is *required* to enter a future payment method (either a credit card number or direct debit) in order to activate the 6-months premium membership.

This is a change of policy from ancestry.co.uk, which should be made very clear before purchase. It is only after registration of the software that they ask for payment method. I don't think so ancestry - suck up a 1 star review.
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