Tuesday, July 17, 2007

FamilyTreeMaker 2008 Tested

Kathi at the Ancestor Search blog has done more extensive testing of the FamilyTreeMaker 2008 Beta release. Earlier, she had posted her first thoughts here. Her most recent comments are posted at http://ancestorsearch.blogspot.com/2007/07/family-tree-maker-2008-beta-additional.html.

Kathi's initial comment is that:

"The screens make it easier to see everything in one glance. The family view now combines the family tree and family group. The person view displays facts, sources, notes, and tasks in one view. I don't have to click on facts, then return to person, then click on notes, then come back to person. I can see it all on one screen. I really like this combined view because not only is it a time saver but it makes it much easier to see what I have and to spot what is missing or incorrect."

Read both of Kathi's posts to get the full benefit of her testing and experience.

Hopefully, other genealogy bloggers will also provide their Beta test experience with FTM 2008. This type of activity is one of the very best things about genealogy blogging - knowledgeable researchers taking the time to evaluate a product and telling everybody about it.

Thank you to Kathi for taking the time to do the testing and writing about it.

UPDATE: 7/16, 6:30 PM

The Ancestry Insider blog finally has a post about FamilyTreeMaker 2008 with some screen shots. If they are such an Insider, why didn't they have this last week?

Kimberly Powell has also been testing it - see her article at http://genealogy.about.com/b/a/255981.htm.

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