The comment about quality and usability is dead on. This is not ready for any time – much less for prime time.]]>
If you are doing strictly WPF development, then consider Composite WPF at http://www.codeplex.com/CompositeWPF
Are there any good learning materials to learn about CAB SCSF. I am supposed to develop a CAB SCSF app and as of now have no material to learn about it. David platt’s book isnt helping either..any blogs or books which i can buy anything at all… thanks]]>
If you export your entire V16 (or earlier I guess) ftm file as a Gedcom file in PAF format and then reimport it but make sure you only import the basic name and date information AND the reference ID (i.e. tell it NOT to import any other fields) it will simply turn all the automatically generated ID’s into manual ones. They will then import into the new 2008 version seemlessly. Each person will have the original Reference ID as a personal fact.
There is still the problem of course that the new version does not allow you to search for a reference number….. yet…]]>
Do you – or does anyone – have any more information regarding developer resources wanting to extend FTM functionality?]]>
Hey, software architects (I am one for Healthcare BTW) – have you ever heard of user input or feedback. This seems to be a big deal. If you’re having problems with the math for the curves and it’s going to take some time, come clean about it. At least we’ll know why it’s not there and we, as -=*CONSUMERS*=- won’t think you’re just flat out not listening to us!!!
Please figure this out, ASAP or let us all know you’re working on it. It was supposed to be in the SP2 in October, but it is NOT!!]]>
I like the way the hints appear on the tree. But merging searched data seems very crude. How do you bring in a whole family from a census?
I like the way you can get synchronised views of the tree and the family all in one place. However, they could have added so much more flexibility in using multiple windows to look allow much more flexibiity. (Is this the MS Composite UI Application Block getting in the way – MS never did understand windows.)]]>
there are many things missing, any items in the scrapbooks that were not linked to a source are not imported.
Title field data is Missing
AKA data does not import.
Cause of death from Medical now refered to as medical condition not cause of death.
Master sources are gone now.
Yes you now have the ability to link several people to one source, but without the higher level master source. ( one step forward and one step back)
the ability to change the fact type for an existing fact is gone, as is search and replace, and change all facts of X to Y.
The web interface keeps all the pages within the application and does not let you open it in a new window.
The new interface that yes is more modern and looks nicer is more awkward and takes more time to mnavigate, switch to other views or people and is generally much slower.
I will stay with FTM 16 or switch to another program as my main program, instead of using FTM 2008. yes the sign of the future is there, and I do see the positives, but usability and editing ease are my priorities.]]>
In previous editions, each individual was automatically assigned a reference ID number. This singular number became the basis of our filing system for photos, documents, et al. Many of our friends in genealogy were doing the same.
In moving our file to FTM 2008 – the previously assigned ‘Reference ID Numbers’ seem to have disappeared….making a filing system that files and entire room virtually useless.
Has anyone else experienced this glitch?]]>
What I miss are some of the reports that we fought so hard to get over the years. Are we going to have to pay extra to get a plug-in to get the fan charts, timelines, and publishing tools?]]>
There were a few ‘slight’ problems. Existing users’ data would not accurately transfer into the new product (often with no warnings). The features and functions of the old product were often missing or significantly different in the new. There were numerous ‘crashes’ with devastating results.
The technology used was ‘state of the art’ at the time and great marketing literature was developed touting its use in the new product. Unfortunately, old fashioned planning and concerns of usability were not foremost in the programming team’s focus.
The new product never overcame its initial release. Vast areas had to be reworked as the customer base dwindled. The product died a slow death over the next few years.
We hope this is not the case for Family Tree Maker.]]>
I do have one question for anyone out there “in the know”. Up til now, I have not put my data on the ancestry.com site because there’s no way to import/export from the web to a flat file on the PC.. do you know if the new version has that capacity to upload to the web interface or to download the data maybe in a *.csv file or gedcom for import into the new FTM?
Does anyone know about these plugins I saw?
I bought GenSmarts, may not have needed that?
I’m not sure… I’m so blown away by the newness…. its going some free time and mental capacity to take it all in…. I wish I was younger, had more memory and was not in need of a mental reformat…. cuz lord knows if I can pull a recovery on this old brain LOL
Ok, thanks for listening and/or answering.
I have the final version of 2008, and yes there are two important things missing, the offline books and in the reports the Ahnentafel and Descendants of Reports.
So far I do like the interface. The Plug in feature is sort of like knowing that Christmas is coming. Maybe we will get a book and Ahnentafel reports there?]]>
Just discovered your blog as someone posted your FTM review to the ancestry.com forum. Great review and excellent blog. Will be checking back regularly. Very interesting to read about things like Familt.Show and Family Pursuit.
Unlike others, I a m a hugh fan of FTM 2008. I like its look and feel and find it very easy to use. I am slightly disappointed that some features were not included but I have great expectations for their future implementation.
I too am excited about the ability to include Plugins. I look forward to them publishing how plugins will link to the main program and whether they will be made available to commercial developers as well as non-commercial program users.
I have one small question and perhaps you can shed some light on the matter. Is it possible to make changes to data elements (validation edits and properties) and have those changes distributed without issuing a new release or official update?]]>