- New Family View — see your family tree in a new way. This additional view makes navigating easier, especially when you want to see extended family members.
- Improved TreeSync — lets you easily synchronize your tree in Family Tree Maker with an online Ancestry.com tree.
- A more robust TreeSync™ lets you sync even more of your family tree info.
- Easily share your tree with your family and work on it together. Family and friends can view the online version of your tree without software or an Ancestry.com subscription.
- Collaborate with the largest, most active family history community in the world. Keep your online tree private or make it public so that others researching your family can find you. You may connect with others who have insight on your ancestors, discover rare family photos, or even find relatives you didn’t know you had.
- More organizational tools — stay organized with new tools that let you sort children automatically by birth order and view people by location, grouping them by country, state, county, and city.
- New and improved charts and reports — more options and views let you display an individual’s ancestors, spouses, and children together. Also, the Index of Individuals Report has been expanded with options for anniversary, birthday, and contact lists and more.
- New tree branch export — a new export option makes it much simpler to export a single branch of your tree.
- More editing options — save time with the ability to copy and paste facts including related source citations, media items, and notes.
- Improved merging — easily and reliably merge more of the information you find on Ancestry.com.
Family Tree Maker is a great program to help you organize your family history regardless of your level of expertise. With so many features and options, it’s perfect for the genealogist digging deeper into the past and the family historian fleshing out stories. Some of the additional features you may find helpful include:
The view above has several icons on the left margin for different views of the family (left to right, top to bottom, etc.). The view shown has the key person in green, the spouse beside, children below, and three generations of ancestors above. The "Home" icon takes you to the home person in the tree. The green leaf Hints also are shown, which provides an easy link to search for records for the selected person.
I, and I'm sure others, will explore, review and evaluate many of the new features once we have our hands on the software and can work with it.
The price break for the pre-sale at at http://www.ancestry.com/cs/apps/P-5194 is attractive. I believe that the $27.99 price (30% discount) is for a new user - one who is not upgrading. You can order it by downloading it online or obtain it by mail on a CD. Apparently, there is another 10% price reduction for an Upgrade to 2014 if you already have FTM 2012. For my US delivery of an Upgrade it will be $23.99 to download, $23.99 plus $5 for shipping and $2.32 for California state tax (total of $31.31) if I order it on a CD.
What I don't know is this: Do I need to get the CD in order to install it on my desktop computer and my laptop computer? Is this possible with the Download selection? Is there an added cost for a second (or third) installation?
I will be following this release of FTM 2014 closely, and will test it with my own interests when I receive it.
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