Family Tree Maker

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Family Tree Maker (FTM)
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Original author(s) Kenneth Lafferty Hess[1]
Developer(s) Software MacKiev
Initial release 1989; 29 years ago (1989)[2]
Stable release
2017 (July 16, 2017; 12 months ago (2017-07-16))
Operating system Windows, Mac
Available in English
Type Genealogy software
License Proprietary
Website www.familytreemaker.com

Family Tree Maker is genealogy software for Windows and Mac that allows the researcher to keep track of information collected during research and to create reports, charts, and books containing that information..[5] The software was originally developed by Kenneth Hess of Banner Blue Software,[1] which was purchased by Brøderbund in 1995.[6] It passed through the hands of The Learning Company, Mattel, and others before coming under its current ownership.

A redesigned Family Tree Maker 2008 was released on August 14, 2007.[7] The 2009 version of the program corrected some of the errors and omissions of its predecessor, and introduced a few new features.[citation needed] Family Tree Maker 2010 claimed to further enhance the radical re-design and be more powerful and feature-packed with faster navigation and quicker load times.[8]

A version for the Mac was released in 1997, but due to low market demand was discontinued[9] for over a decade. A new version of Family Tree Maker for Mac was released on November 4, 2010.[10]

Family Tree Maker Version 16 was awarded a CODiE Award in the "Best Consumer Productivity Solution" category in 2006.[11]

On December 8, 2015, Ancestry.com announced that it would discontinue Family Tree Maker. The announcement was met by fierce protest from Family Tree Maker users.[12] On February 2, 2016, Ancestry.com announced that Software MacKiev, the company that had developed the Mac version of the software for more than six years, would acquire the Family Tree Maker brand, and take over the development and publishing of Mac and Windows editions.[13]

At the same time as this announcement, Software MacKiev promised free updates for owners of the then-current versions. While the MacKiev dot-one versions were put on sale within 2 months, they were not officially released as free updates to the current versions until 30 Dec 2016. At that time, connectivity with Ancestry was also extended until its replacement could be rolled out. Ancestry connectivity, including TreeSync, the ability to synchronize a Family Tree Maker tree with one at Ancestry, was turned off on 29 Mar 2017, with its replacement, called FamilySync, to be turned on 31 Mar. The news about FamilySync contained a bit of a surprise: it would only be available in Family Tree Maker 2017, the next iteration of Family Tree Maker, which was to be released coincident with the deployment of FamilySync. Users of Family Tree Maker 2 & 3 for Mac and 2012 & 2014 for Windows would no longer have any connectivity to Ancestry. If they wanted such connectivity, they would have to pay to upgrade to Family Tree Maker 2017, which was officially released on 16 July 2017, 107 days later than planned.[14]

The core functionality and user interface of Family Tree Maker 2017 have changed little since 2010. Software MacKiev touted four major improvements: 1. FamilySearch integration 2. FamilySync 3. Color Coding 4. Photo Darkroom. FamilySearch integration provides potential matches to the FamilySearch.org Family Tree, but not to their vast record collections. FamilySync is a replacement for Ancestry.com's TreeSync feature; it provides potential matches to family trees, indexes, and records at Ancestry.com. It was necessitated by Ancestry.com retiring their TreeSync Application Program Interface (API). While the old API was used exclusively by Ancestry.com, since they also owned Family Tree Maker, the new API is open to other software developers to use. Color Coding is a new feature that enables users to assign up to four different colors to a person and their ancestors. Photo Darkroom is a new feature that can darken faded black & white photos.[15]

FTM version history[edit]

Press show for more information on past versions.

Family Tree Maker version history
Meaning
Red Not supported
Yellow Still supported (Update to the last patch for that version)
Green Current version


Version Release date Released by Edition/s Notes
1.0 1989[16] Banner Blue Software DOS Supplied on 3.5 and 5.25 floppy disks. Data file used .FTM as a file extension on DOS. No GEDCOM support.
1.01 1990[citation needed] Banner Blue Software DOS No GEDCOM support.
2.0 January 1994 Banner Blue Software Windows 3.1 / DOS Data file used .FTW as a file extension on Windows. Supplied on two 3½ inch floppy disks. Supported GEDCOM import/export.[17]
2.?? October 1994[citation needed] Banner Blue Software Windows 3.1 / DOS Second version (patch?)
3.0 24 October 1995 Brøderbund Software Windows 3.1 & 95 (16 bit) / DOS Supplied on three floppy disks. 16 bit application compatible with Windows 95. DOS version shipped with the DEU (Data Exchange Utility)[18][19][20][21]
3.01 February 1996 Brøderbund Software Windows 3.1 & 95 (16 bit & 32 bit) / DOS Beginning with this version every copy of Family Tree Maker for Windows came with both a Windows 95 (32-bit) and Windows 3.1x (16-bit) version.[22][23]
3.02 October 1995 Brøderbund Software Windows 32 bit [24]
3.02 Mac January 1997 Brøderbund Software Macintosh (PowerPC processor only) Marketed as Family Tree Maker Deluxe Edition II for Macintosh.[25][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]
3.4 November 1996[32][33] Brøderbund Software Windows 3.1 & 95 (16 bit & 32 bit) / DOS
4.0 September 1996 Brøderbund Software Windows 3.1 & 95 (16 bit & 32 bit) / DOS First release on a CD-ROM.[34]
4.0a ? Brøderbund Software Windows [35]
4.0b ? Brøderbund Software Windows [35][36]
4.4 ? Brøderbund Software Windows [37][38]
4.4 File Fixer Patch ? Brøderbund Software Windows [35]
5.0 (before) August 1998[citation needed] The Learning Company Windows [39]
5.0a (Patch) ? The Learning Company Windows [40][41]
5.0b ? The Learning Company Windows [35]
6.0 after May 1999[citation needed] The Learning Company (Mattel Incorporated) Windows [42][43]
6.0a (Index Optimization Update) ? The Learning Company (Mattel Incorporated) Windows [35]
7.0 October 1999 The Learning Company (Mattel Incorporated) Windows [44][not in citation given]
7.5 April 2000 Genealogy.com Windows [45]
8.0 October 2000 Genealogy.com Windows [46][not in citation given][47]
9.0 October 2001 Genealogy.com Windows [48][not in citation given][49]
9.0 (patch after release) October 30, 2001 Genealogy.com Windows [50]
10.0 September 2002 Genealogy.com Windows [51][52]
11.0 September 2003 MyFamily.com Windows [53][not in citation given][54]
2005 August 2004 MyFamily.com Windows [55][56]
2006 12 September 2005 MyFamily.com Windows [57][58]
2006 Patch ? MyFamily.com Windows [59]
16 September 2006 MyFamily.com Windows [60]
2008 14 August 2007 Ancestry.com Windows Returned to using the .FTM extension for windows datafiles.[61][62]
2008 Service Pack 1 ? Ancestry.com Windows [63]
2008 Service Pack 2 November 2007 Ancestry.com Windows An initial release was in September but this was withdrawn 24 hours later.[63]
2008 Service Pack 3 (17.0.0.965) May 2008 Ancestry.com Windows [63]
2009 28 August 2008 The Generations Network Windows [64]
2009 Patch 18A (18.0.0.94) ? The Generations Network Windows [65]
2009 Patch 18B (18.0.0.95) ? The Generations Network Windows [65]
2009 Patch 18C (18.0.0.305) ? The Generations Network Windows [65]
2009 Patch 18D (18.0.0.307) ? The Generations Network Windows [65]
2010 19 August 2009 Ancestry.com Windows Vista & XP SP2 [66][67]
2010 Service Pack 1 (19.0.0.206) ? Ancestry.com Windows 7 & Vista & XP SP2 [68]
2011 31 August 2010 Ancestry.com Windows 7 & Vista & XP SP2 [69]
2011 Service Pack 1 (20.0.0.376) ? Ancestry.com Windows 7 & Vista & XP SP2 [70]
2010 Mac 4 November 2010 Ancestry.com Mac OSX 10.5 or later (Intel-based Mac) Marketed as Family Tree Maker for Mac. Supplied on 2 × CD-ROM[71][72]
2010 Mac (Update 19.2.0.241) 1 February 2011 Ancestry.com Mac OSX 10.5 or later (Intel-based Mac) [73][74]
2012 29 September 2011 Ancestry.com Windows 7 & Vista & XP SP2 [75]
2014 10 September 2013 Ancestry.com Windows 8 & 7 & Vista & XP SP2 [76]
2014 Mac 13 December 2013 Ancestry.com Mac OSX 10.6 or later (Intel-based Mac) Marketed as Family Tree Maker Mac 3.[77]
FTM 2014.1 1 January 2017 mackiev.com Windows 7 and later, including Windows 10 [78][3]
FTM Mac 3.1 1 January 2017 mackiev.com Mac OSX 10.8 or later, including macOS Sierra 10.12 [78][3]
FTM 2017 16 July 2017 mackiev.com Windows 7 and later, including Windows 10 [79][3]
FTM 2017 16 July 2017 mackiev.com Mac OSX 10.9 or later, including macOS Sierra 10.13 [79][3]
FTM Merger history
  • 1984 Banner Blue Software founded by Ken Hess, "As the founder and president of Banner Blue Software from 1984 to 1996, I sold over two million copies of Family Tree Maker."
  • May 1997 Brøderbund Software acquired Parsons Technology from Intuit (which included the marketing rights to Family Origins for Windows
  • August 1998 Brøderbund Software acquired by The Learning Company (which included Family Tree Creator through an acquisition of Mindscape/IMSI. v5 Published
  • Late 1998 The Learning Company acquired Palladium Interactive (which included Ultimate Family Tree).
  • May 1999 The Learning Company was acquired by Mattel Incorporated "Barbie").v6 Published
  • November 1999 A&E Television Networks, Hearst Interactive Media, Mattel, and private equity firms form Genealogy.com, LLC April 2000 v7.5 Published.
  • February 2001 A&E TV acquired Genealogy.com
  • Late 2001 Genealogy.com acquired the GenForum message board site, which it had been hosting for a few years
  • June 2002 Genealogy.com acquired Generations PC product line from Sierra Home
  • April 2003 Genealogy.com acquired by MyFamily.com
  • December 2006 My Family.com Inc changes its name to The Generations Network
  • March 2016 Software MacKiev purchases FTM Software from ancestry.com [80]

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