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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to upgrade, 22 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Family Tree Maker Platinum - 2014 Edition (PC) (CD-ROM)
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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Initial post: 26 Dec 2013 17:48:35 GMT
Cardiff Lady says:
Hi, read your feedback with interest. Can you tell me if it has the tree/pedigree without all the extras i.e. little pictures on the side (logo of the company) which to me just takes up valuable printing space? At present my tree has about 4500 in it so just wanted to print pedigree or tree. Hope that makes sense?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2013 08:46:25 GMT
Graza says:
In terms of the pedigree and tree views in 'edit mode' then pictures are shown. In both modes 5 generations seems to be the most it will display, in tree mode if you drag away the bordering screen areas at about the third level of zoom about 22 people fit across. I suspect all this depends on the size of your screen (mine is a widescreen about 22 inches diagonally. I have not played with the charting much but a quick look this morning does allow you to configure what is printed i.e. you don't have to have pictures and it doesn't seem to have the company logo. I am not sure of the total flexibility of this charting, it doesn't seem to have changed much from the 2012 version and be aware Avanquest do try to sell additional charting packages but again depending on your budget they are not incredibly expensive being under 20 I think. Hope this helps.
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