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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tree Maker 2012, 15 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Family Tree Maker 2012 Platinum Edition (PC) (CD-ROM)
Firstly a quick review of Amazon
I preordered this a month before release, it was dispatched 12 hours before the official release date so I had it before it was actually released.
Amazon have a price guarantee so when it was reduced by 10 I got an email saying that I had been refunded the difference, a nice surprise.
Now the software itself
I currently use Family Maker 2010 and was about to pay for a 'premium membership' to ancestry.com to further my research and was not considering updating, but I noticed that when you buy this you get 6 months premium membership free with it, which is what I was going to buy anyway so the purchase was pretty much a no brainer, effectively I got the software for free.
As for the software, it installed flawlessly, if you are in the market for some Family Tree software for the first time or looking to upgrade I can highly recommend.
Some of the standout features are the 'Blended Family View' this gives you a clear view of how families are these days, i.e step families, adoptions etc, something that was always difficult before.
The 'smart stories' is a nice feature, although available in my 2010 version, they have tightened it up making it nicer and much easier to use and more asthetically pleasing.
If you have never used Family Tree software before, this is a great way to start, there are so many features that you can't fail to be impressed, it can be a bit of a learning curve but if you stick with it you will end up with a fantastic record of your family tree, its trivial to produce professional looking trees with photos dates etc included.
If you have used previous versions, the upgrade is nice but not a massive difference however if you want access to ancestry.com for free for six months, then it's effectivly a free upgrade.
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2011 18:48:08 GMT
A. Walker says:
My membership defaulted to the premium (I used the link to register within the software itself) so didn't experience the problems S Marrable had, however it is worth flagging up that you need to provide credit card details when you take up the offer 'to give you a better experience', which translates to 'hopefully you will forget and we can charge you in 6 months time', but the Web login does clearly state the expiry date and the sign up process does give you clear cancellation details (inc a contact number) so I've just put a reminder in my calendar so hopefully won't get caught out.
I would say that 6 months is ample time to get the info you will need.
Also worth noting that due to a lack of agreement with the Scottish records office, you cannot view any 'real' scottish records, but just the transcribed versions, bit of a pain if your family comes from Scotland as mine did, and you are ofter 'presented' with a record in the 'worldwide' version of the records which they offer to upgrade you to for the same price as a full membership, what a bargain, but this is not a critisism of the software, merely of ancestry.co.uk

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2011 19:28:00 GMT
Having had a couple of ancestry subscriptions through buying family tree maker, I can say that they send you an email well in advance of the subscription renewal date, and if you cancel the subscription then, your membership does continue until the original ending date.

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 10:18:19 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2012 10:19:21 BDT
M. R. Turner says:
I have version 2006 and it will not allow me to make a book, there is some error .
Do you think if I bought newest it would pick up all my information? I have 1,700 people on now and would hate to lose 22 years of hard slog.
marian_ruth@yahoo.co.uk

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2012 19:09:54 BDT
A. Walker says:
Can't say for certain but I have just over 1000 in mine complete with lots of media and it works just fine.
With regard to Antaloorian's note about the membership cancellation, the software clearly shows you how long you have left and cancellation was very simple and straightforward.
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