I imported the GEDCOM file created by FTM 2011 into Legacy Family Tree 7.4 yesterday, and looked at the same source citations in Legacy Family Tree (the "Footnote/Endnote Citation"). The results are:
For comparison purposes, I entered information for this last citation into the Legacy Family Tree 7.4 source template for "Bible Records, privately held, loose pages" to see how it looked. The source template looked like this (filled in):
The source citation looks like this:
* All of the Master Sources in Legacy Family Tree 7.4 are Free-form" format. [no surprise to me...]
* Any italicization of titles or other fields was lost. [no surprise here, GEDCOM is a pure text file without formatting]
* The Publication fields are pretty messed up, with the word "Name" added, and sometimes the words "Name: Name:" added at the beginning of the field. There are also semi-colons added to the end of most publication fields. [this surprised me, both program have the same fields]
* Author's names, and titles, for published books, periodicals and newspaper articles are duplicated. FTM 2011 has separate fields for lead author surname, lead author first name, and other authors names. [not surprised due to different fields in different programs]
* The order of source elements is different from the FTM 2011 template order, and many elements in the FTM 2011 templates are provided in Source Comments in Legacy Family Tree 7.4 [not surprised, Legacy Family Tree tries to put data into the free-form fields.]
* The repository data is provided in the Repository field in Legacy Family Tree 7.4 as opposed to in the actual Source Citation in FTM 2011 (if selected by the user). [logical to me why this happened]
I'm sure that there are more differences for each citation type. The careful reader will notice that all of these are similar to the comments made for the RootsMagic 4 test yesterday (except for one not inncluded above, see FTM2011 Source Citations in RootsMagic 4 - Mangled?).
The purpose of this post was to show the differences, and not assign blame or make suggestions for improvement for either program. An examination of the GEDCOM file text would indicate which GEDCOM tags are used to export the file to determine if the exporting program or the importing program create the problems. A fair test would take template sources from Legacy Family Tree and import them into Family Tree Maker 2011 using the same process.
However, it does demonstrate the problem that GEDCOM export/import of sources badly often mangles the sources carefully created using source templates in the original program. The ideal situation is that every bit of information in the imported program using GEDCOM is identical in content and format to the information in the exporting program.