Family Tree Maker 2009

by JL Beeken on 9-16-2008

It seems like just yesterday when FTM 2008 was the laughing stock of the genealogy world. As of today, Family Tree Maker 2009 is now released with a ream of improvements and new tools. Have they redeemed themselves? My guess would be Yes because anything less would be dumb. Many people bailed from Family Tree Maker 2008 in favor of Legacy.

New features in Family Tree Maker 2009 include:

New Reports

* Genealogy reports (Register and Ahnentafel, both full and simplified)
* Data errors report
* Enhancements to many reports

New Charts

* Hourglass
* Vertical pedigree chart
* Horizontal hourglass chart
* Bow tie chart
* 180-degree fan chart
* Family tree chart

New Functionality within Publishing

* Book layouts for main charts
* Saved settings in charts/reports
* Saved templates in charts
* Ability to show siblings within charts
* Single page PDF export from charts
* Enhancements to the RTF export
* Ability to add boxes in charts to “Marked Box” category and modify box settings
* Preparer information in chart footers

Improved Data-Manipulation Tools

* Change place name tool
* Find-and-replace dialog
* Edit person dialog, streamlining data entry from any workspace
* Spouse order setting in the person menu
* Ability to set the media order on a person
* Find Individual Dialog
* Find Duplicate Person Dialog
* Fact Data Options Dialog that allows for:
o Ability to change fact types
o Ability to move description to place or place to description
o Ability to make information private
* Symbols in text fields

Improvements within Research tools

* Ability to ignore hints
* Option to delete existing facts in individual and web merge
* Inclusion of married name, AKA and titles in index
* Automatic simple backup at shutdown

Import Improvements

* OLE objects (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, RTF) from previous FTM versions
* Improved name parsing
* Import previously ignored hints lists

Place Improvements

* Place map toolbar that allows free text place searches
* Pinpoint places such as libraries, churches and courthouses
* Track – and print – your ancestors’ migration paths on interactive maps with the new Places timeline

Source Improvements
Ability to copy and paste source-citations

And there are even more great features in the works.

You’ll get the following updates and more automatically* as they become available:

* Book building
* Better Ancestry.com member tree integration
* Improved relationship calculator
* Source templates based on Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills
* And many others

* Internet connection required.

I’m looking forward to my copy.

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