Who Do You Think You Are? Family Tree Maker Version 4 (PC) New Version
- The family tree software to accompany the BBC TV Series
- Quickly and easily create a family tree starting with names, dates and events
- Attach photos, documents and audio files to your tree
- Search for information on the web and merge it directly into your family tree
- Design and print charts to share with your family
- Includes a free 1-month Essentials Membership to Ancestry.co.uk
- Contains an online getting started guide for Family Tree Maker
- Includes video clips and family trees of the celebrities featured in the first 6 TV series
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista / 7
- Media: DVD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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Minimum System Requirements
PC - Operating System:
Windows® XP SP2/Vista or Windows® 7
CPU Type and Speed:
1 GHz Intel Pentium III (or equivalent)
Hard Drive Space:
512MB of RAM
1024x768 resolution monitor
All online features require internet access
Top customer reviews
One star is deducted because you are limited to a horizontal pedigree layout on screen - if you want a vertical layout or a descendant display then you have to request a report which is formatted for printing. This means you can't click on an individual's name to see that display from their point of view but have to go back to the work screen first. The information is still available; it just takes an extra couple of steps.
I can't comment on the free membership of the ancestry website as I didn't try it, but even without this, the program is excellent value for money.
- simple interface (no instructions required)
- cheap (think I paid about £6 for it, with a month's free Ancestry membership)
- easy to enter all your details and logical navigation
- simple file format (easy to copy and backup a single file)
- works with 2000, xp, vista and 7 (tried with all and hasn't ever crashed)
- supports many file formats
- reporting is basic
- you're not allowed to have your database on a usb stick (why?!)
Overall a pretty good, simple to use program which whilst lacking advanced features just works nicely for getting your family tree into the computer and printing the lot out again.
The only reason to get the newer version is that it gives you 6 months free access to the Ancestry web site, which I have found well worth it, but if you don't need that or are already a member of Ancestry then you might decide there is no point in paying extra. The expensive version does come with a book to help you get going whereas you only get on line help with the £6 version, although there is a tutorial.
With regard to the book, it's well written and clear as a teaching aid when you are starting to learn, but as a reference book when you just want to look something up it's fairly poor with a limited number of entries.The same is true of the built in help files.
If you already have the 2006 version of this program then hang on to it and keep using it. This latest updated version bears no resemblance to the superb original !!
I bought this because although my old 2006 version loaded and ran OK on my new Windows 7 64 bit PC, I was unable to export files and charts to Acrobat Reader, which could then be sent to friends etc whose family trees I had researched. The screen layout and navigation is completely different (and not as easy to use) and the Family Tree charts are very limited.
There is no "All-In-One" tree - as on the 2006 version, and the Family Tree view on this latest version is pathetic.
Needless to say I am not impressed - in fact downright annoyed - and would not recommend this to anyone who has the 2006 version. It's only virtue is it's price !! It may be OK for someone just starting out on family tree research, who will probably accept the poor chart layouts.
Why, why, why do software designers have to mess about with winning products - just update them as neccessary when our beloved Microsoft have to foist yet another operating system on the poor customers. I was quite happy with Windows XP, as were millions of others - but then came Vista (joke) and now Windows 7. No wonder Microsoft make such huge profits !!!!!!!!!
I really like the way the information is displayed with everything now so easy to find.
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