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Who Do You Think You Are? Family Tree Maker Version 4 (PC) New Version

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
3.5 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • 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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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B003EYVF8U
  • Release Date: 10 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,501 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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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:
460MB


Memory:
512MB of RAM


Graphics:
1024x768 resolution monitor


Other:
All online features require internet access


Age Restriction:
N/A




Box Contains

1 DVD-ROM

Customer Reviews

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The program loaded easily (despite a long delay when it looked as if nothing was happening) and converted my family data file (from an earlier version of the program) without a hitch. Once it was up and running the program was very easy to use - adding new individuals or changing existing information is straightforward. One thing I liked is that once you have selected a 'home person' (which can be yourself or anybody else) then any time you click on another individual within your tree, it shows you the family relationship between the two. No matter where you are in the tree, you can return to the home person by clicking on the little house icon on the menu bar. Changing the home person is done by two mouse-clicks - very efficient.

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.
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It does exactly what it has to do and it is very cheap. If you are a beginner this is your product.I bought this one thinking that I would have to go to something more advanced and expensive. I was wrong. It is easy to use, very intuitive. Obviously, it could be improved but it is good enough for me: it can deal with all the information, pictures and media files can be linked to specific people... I am very pleased with it.
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Had this software for a number of years now - overall a pretty good program.

Pro's:
- 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

Con's
- 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.
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I already have the official Family Tree maker program from Ancestry Co (£35) which I am quite pleased with. I bought the 'Who Do you think you are?' version to compare them. They are pretty well identical except for the improvements/ upgrades (which for me are insignificant) between this one 2010 (£6) and the £35 one 2011 . The newer version will export files in the older file format so there's really no problem.
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.
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Who Do You Think You Are? Family Tree Maker Version 4 (PC) New Version

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 !!!!!!!!!
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I bought this to replace an older version and have found it very easy to upgrade. I have also been able to use an existing Ancestry.co.uk account without any problems.
I really like the way the information is displayed with everything now so easy to find.
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