Those include charts and reports, such as hourglass, bowtie (shown below), 180-degree fan and others (in case you’re wondering, there’s no need to be signed up with Ancestry Publishing to generate these reports).
Automatic backups and more-powerful global data manipulation are other updates. See the full list of new features.
Several patches are planned for Family Tree Maker 2009 that’ll add book-building, better integration with the subscription data service Ancestry.com, an improved relationship calculator and more.
Senior product manager Michelle Pfister says planning these patches will let TGN stick to a regular schedule of new releases (which retail distributors require) while putting final touches on what’s covered in the patches. It also lets Family Tree Maker fans look forward to more features throughout the year.
Are there Family Tree Maker fans left after the problems many users had with version 2008? Yes, say Pfister and the software’s development manager Mark LeMonnier. More than 300 users beta tested version 2009—an increase over version 2008 testers—and you can expect better functionality as a result, says LeMonnier. “Performance and stability have been our main focus,” he adds.
The 2009 version will read Family Tree Maker files back to version 4 (which takes you to the mid-1990s). To learn more about it, see FamilyTreeMaker.com.
If you purchased Family Tree Maker 2008, don’t buy version 2009—registered 2008 users are eligible to upgrade for free. If that’s you, during early to mid-September, you’ll receive an e-mail with instructions and a coupon code good for 2009 in the Ancestry store.
The offer will be available for a limited time, but Pfister says there’ll be follow-up e-mails, so if you just ordered 2008, you still have time to register the software and be eligible for the free upgrade.
Here are a couple more Family Tree Maker 2009 views:
The people and family view
A family tree report you can generate