I don't recall anybody else showing a plethora of screen shots from using FTM2008, so I will try to provide views and comments about each part of the program that I test.
The program on CD loaded flawlessly, but it took almost 10 minutes to install without a reboot. The program asked me if I wanted to check for updates, and I did, and they loaded also. My current version is 184.108.40.2065.
The opening screen is the Plan menu. You have a choice to start entering data into the program manually, or to upload a file from another program.
The program can import a file from FamilyTreeMaker, Legacy Family Tree, Personal Ancestral File, The Master Genealogist or a GEDCOM file. I chose to Upload a FamilyTreeMaker 16 file (with the .FTW extension).
It took over 12 minutes to upload my .FTW file with 20,735 persons and 8,516 families.
Then it asked me if I wanted to automatically Search Ancestry.com for information about the people in my tree.
I quickly clicked the "No, disable the automatic search feature." I can't imagine how many days it would take to search Ancestry for all of those people in my database. I really wanted to write this post today!
After clicking OK, the program opened with a screen in the People menu, with a summary of the uploaded database.
Readers of Genea-Musings may ask "Why are you going through this? Are you going to use FTM 2008 after dissing it over the past year?" Frankly, I want to use the best genealogy software program for ME, and I need to evaluate FTM 2008 with my needs in mind. Many of my society colleagues have been asking me about FTM 2008, and I want to be able to demonstrate and discuss the program capabilities and utility with them.
Hopefully, my posts will help other researchers make a similar decision, or will provide helpful information to the FTM 2008 programmers for improvements.
I'll try to have an open mind, but I have certain "wants and needs" and I'll deal with them in future posts.
Do any readers have questions about the capabilities of FTM 2008? If so, please put them in Comments and I'll try to answer them.