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2.0 out of 5 stars Unintuitive, clunky and overmighty!, 6 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Family Tree Maker 2011 Deluxe (PC) (DVD-ROM)
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I've been building my tree for 10 years. For most of that time, I've used an old version of GSP Family Tree Genealogy Suite (New Version PC), which is dated and incompatible with Windows 7, but intuitive and provides vertical, easily navigable trees.

I have occasionally tried Family Tree Maker, the last time being 2005. I found it over-engineered, difficult to navigate, annoying and more interested in signing me up to Ancestry as some kind of annuity customer than it ever was in helping me document my ancestors. I was therefore curious to see whether things had got any better.

I'm afraid Family Tree Maker is still as awful as ever. Who wants sideways trees?! Who wants to be nagged to join Ancestry? This is a big, clunky, unfriendly piece of software that is vastly overengineered for the simple task we all want it to do. How hard can it be to make a tree program that is easy to use?!
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Initial post: 16 Nov 2011 17:17:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2011 17:18:31 GMT
R. J. Hole says:
I have used Personal Ancestral File almost from day one having evaluated the competition. Whenever I have tried other programs they can't really cope with the PAF format and exporting to gedcom then back to the target program gives undesirable results. Although PAF does not look as whizzy as FTM it has the fundamentals right especially when recording sources. However, if someone was starting out on their family tree they would probably find some of the features of FTM helpful assuming they don't mind paying a subscription to ancestry.com. PAF works on Windows 7.
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