Thursday, June 5, 2008

Legacy Family Tree 7.0 released

I'm still looking for my ideal genealogy software, so the announcement that Legacy Family Tree 7.0 was released by Millennia Corporation piqued my interest. You can read the news release here. There is a What's New video for prospective customers to watch.

Legacy 7.0 is now available for US $29.95 for the download-only version or US $39.95 version which includes the 336-page printed user’s guide, installation CD, and beginner’s training video. Upgrade pricing ($21.95) is also available for current Legacy 6.0 Deluxe users.

The free, Standard Edition is summarized here, and can be downloaded here. Features in the Deluxe Edition are summarized here, and may be purchased here.

I decided to download the Standard edition. This was a 46.9 megabyte download, so it took awhile. I think that it's the full software package with some of the key features disabled. It installed easily on my computer, and I was able to upload a large GEDCOM file, although it took about 10 minutes for my 19,000 person file.

I worked in the program for about an hour testing the various bells and whistles, learning how to move around between generations, using the name index, checking out the charts and reports.

I'll try to do a user's report on it in the next week or so, with some examples and screen shots. I'll try to include the key features (for me) that are included or disabled in the Standard version.

From my initial look, using the Standard version (which is FREE) provides an excellent feature-laden piece of software, one that any genealogist could use with confidence, and one that will provide most features that most genealogists want in their software.

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