I received an email from Ancestry.com that Family Tree Maker 2011 is available for pre-orders - the link is here. The price is $39.95 with free shipping, with pre-orders ending 18 August.
Why should someone order and use Family Tree Maker 2011? The email listed a list of additions to the program, including:
o Smart Stories – a narrative tool. Ready to start on an ancestor's story? The Smart Story™ editor makes it easy to drag and drop text and photos from your tree into story pages that will update automatically when you make changes to your tree.
o New and improved charts. Enjoy four new fan chart styles. Enhance charts with backgrounds, borders and embellishments. And use fonts you can change based on fact type.
o Enhanced reports. We've enhanced ancestor and descendant reports, added a surname report and allowed you to sort custom reports, plus you can now save and reuse report settings.
o New media management tools. Drag and drop, cut and paste, and even categorize multiple items at the same time. You'll also find a new tool that will help you locate missing media files.
o More complete and relevant timelines. Find and add more events to your ancestors' lives. Add, edit and delete your own historical events. And apply historical events by time and geography.
o Improved integration with Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com has millions of members all over the world. And now you can find out if any of them are searching for your ancestors by viewing MemberConnect activity on your home page, plus links to related message boards and new messages in your inbox. You'll also enjoy faster uploading and downloading of your tree.
The order page has more information about "What's New," "features you've come to rely on," the interaction between FTM 2011 and Ancestry.com, etc.
The order page indicates that this is still a Windows only piece of software at this time. Minimum and recommended computer requirements are also listed. I'm not sure I have enough computer power now.
Ancestry.com has released a new version of Family Tree Maker every year since 2008, amid much fanfare and complaints from users, and each time users have been asked to pay for the yearly upgrade, which is usually followed by a Service Pack download with improvements for the specific software package.
The email doesn't say "since you're such a valued and repeat customer, we're offering you a deal to upgrade to FTM 2011." Not yet, anyway. Will they?