Saturday, September 28, 2019

Family Tree Maker 2019 Released - FTM Celebrates 30th Birthday

I saw this notice on the Family Tree Maker Users Group on Facebook from Jack Minsky:



It's Family Tree Maker's birthday today and we're going to party like it's 1989. We're taking a nostalgic look back at the brand's roots and looking to the future by launching our ambitious new edition – today! Let's get started.

Back when software came on floppy discs that were actually floppy, Ken Hess decided to leave his secure tech industry job to start his own company, Banner Blue Software. Five years later Family Tree Maker was born – 30 years ago today. I caught up with Ken this week and he told me how pleased he was that Family Tree Maker was not only still around but still the leading brand and still pushing boundaries. Ken wrote a book called Bootstrap about his building Banner Blue, and you'll find it in the gift collection when you pick up your copy of FTM 2019.* Congrats, Ken! Big day for both of us.

More than two years in the making, FTM 2019 was officially released today, thirty years to the day from the launch of version 1.0 on floppy discs by Ken Hess and Banner Blue back on September 28, 1989. It's the smartest, safest, most complete Family Tree Maker ever built, and includes our first mobile app for FREE, and a year of free cloud services for all those who pre-ordered a copy.

Our engineers and 275 beta testers have agreed that it's time to let the rest of you have at it. To ensure that we don't overwhelm the new TreeVault cloud service servers, we are rolling out email notifications over the next week or so to those who have pre-ordered – ten thousand emails at a time. The emails will go out in the order in which copies were purchased. So those who have been waiting the longest get their copies first. Please be patient – everyone will have their copies soon.

As we celebrate this big anniversary we are grateful to all of you who have been so supportive. For those of you who've always had our backs, we thank you for your confidence in us. For those who cheered us on, we've heard you and it made a difference. For those who let us know that “when it's ready” is exactly when you wanted the new edition, thanks for getting it. And for those of you who just left us alone to get our work done, we thank you for understanding and the space to breathe.

Can't wait to hear what you think of our two and a half year labor of love – and to share with you a map of the road ahead. Stay tuned!

Jack Minsky
President of Software MacKiev
Publisher of Family Tree Maker 


My previous post about Family Tree Maker 2019 release was in August - it has more information about this new release:  Family Tree Maker 2019 News - Last Day For $39.95 Upgrade is 14 August.

Congratulations to Jack and his development team.  They have added excellent features to their software.

Disclosure:  I have been a customer of Family Tree Maker since 1995.  I have received several complimentary copies of the software from Software MacKiev in the past three years.  I have not received a complimentary upgrade to FTM 2019.

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Janet said...

I have Family Tree Maker 2019 on a Toshiba laptop and is it possible to add to upload to my iPad, also?

Randy Seaver said...


I don't think that Family Tree Maker has a mobile app for the iPad. FTM on your computer is able to synchronize with your Ancestry Member Tree on, and Ancestry has a mobile app that you can access on your iPad.

Regards -- Randy