There is no doubt that Family Tree Maker is one of
the leading genealogy programs available. It provides users with the tools they need to build their family tree, record their memories, as well as organise their family photos, stories, videos and audio clips in a way that will help them easily capture and share the story of their ancestors.
Some may not know that the very first Macintosh version of Family Tree Maker appeared 13 years ago, but didn't last very long. The Mac market has changed radically in the last few years, and now it is back, totally rewritten, and updated to current Mac specifications and is based on Family Tree Maker 2010 (PC version) feature-wise.
As I know many of you have questions, here are some of the common ones:
What type of Mac will the application run on?
You will need an Intel-based based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.
I have been using the PC version of Family Tree Maker. Will I have to
How is the Mac version different from the PC version?
Family Tree Maker for Mac includes a migration utility (used on a
PC) that will convert your Family Tree Maker Windows files (2010 and 2011) so
they can be opened on a Mac (and vice versa).
The Mac version has
the same functionality as Family Tree Maker 2010.
Can I download the
software from the Family Tree Maker website?
Can I import a tree I created in Reunion?
this time the software is available on CD only.
Yes. You will need to export
your file as a GEDCOM and then import it into Family Tree Maker.
I am used to using the PC version of Family Tree Maker and donít want to
learn a new program. How different is the Mac version?
The Mac version is
based on Family Tree Maker 2010, so if youíve used Family Tree Maker 2008,
2009, or 2010, the transition will be easy.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH FAMILY TREE MAKER FOR MAC?
Build your family tree
Start your family tree from scratch, download a tree from Ancestry.com or import
a family tree file from a family member. Then use the powerful sourcing tools in
Family Tree Maker for Mac to document and rate each fact in your tree.
Enhance your family history
Illustrate your family story with photos, historical records and audio and video
files. The easy-to-use tools in Family Tree Maker for Mac let you scan images
right into your tree and even create slideshows. And don't miss the interactive
maps that can give you a bird's-eye view of your ancestors' homelands.
Share your discoveries
Create a variety of colorful family tree charts, such as pedigree, descendant,
bowtie and fan charts, among others. Play with custom templates. Add personal
touches like family pictures and backgrounds. And create reports that provide a
snapshot of your family tree and help you plan what to research next. You can
also combine charts, reports, timelines, photos and stories in a custom book
that your family will treasure.
Transfer files to and from the Windows version
You can bring files into Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac directly from Family
Tree Maker version 4 through Family Tree Maker 2006. To import files from Family
Tree Maker 2008 or a newer version, simply use the Windows-based conversion tool
included on the Family Tree Maker for Mac disk.
Integrate with Ancestry.com
Search the billions of historical records on Ancestry.com from within the Family
Tree Maker for Mac software. Take advantage of Ancestry Hints linking you to
historical records that might contain more information about people in your tree
- and simply click to merge records that are a match into your tree. You can
also upload your tree to Ancestry.com and connect with millions of other family
historians across the world or import a tree you've created on Ancestry.com to
Family Tree Maker for Mac.
INCLUDED IN THIS MAC EDITION?
RELATED PRODUCTS:The Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker for Mac
- Family Tree Maker for Mac CD
- Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker for Mac (electronic version)
- Exclusive Offer for Your Family History Magazine
- Free 'Tree To Go' App for the iPhone, iTouch or iPad
- 6 month subscription to Ancestry.com.au (UK Heritage Plus subscription)
the publisher's website click here
To view the Ancestry.com Blog click
To view the Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker Message Board click here
To visit the Family Tree Maker User Blog click here
Want some more advice on FTM for Mac ... why not read the reviews?
- Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
- Tamura Jones