Sunday, December 09, 2007

Family Tree Maker comparing 16 and 2008

View as these screen shots as a FlickR slideshow (open in a new window)

I double clicked the desk top icon and after a wait FTM 2008 opened the current tree in Task View

see the orange tab top left - the bottom field is empty because I never clicked on New


the lower screen is running in Firefox 1.5 on Mac OS 10.4.11 showing a census image from which I might extract data and type it into a tree


when I double clicked to start FTM 16 it was about five times quicker to open and went straight into where I left off yesterday

Adding data to and moving between the fields is like using a spread sheet with complete control from the keyboard without the mouse

DSC05115a similar view with one item on the to do list but if I doubl click it nothing happens

DSC05116 second orange tab
People which shows an ancestor tree

even on the 22 inch screen I find it hard to read with that combination of colours

DSC05117 it called an irritaing dialogue box

well it was me that marked off Liverpool, Lancashire, England

DSC05118this tab is Places

DSC05119the fourth tab is Media

but I never import images into tree programs because they make the master file too big
and are difficult to extract

fifth Tab
Sources was skipped

DSC05120 sixth tab is Publish

but you have to double click an icon to get a descendant chart to show
and it is useless for navigation
and the right click mouse menu or a double click do nothing.

To get out there is a tiny back button top left


Publication Types
Charts and Reports

Charts - I call them trees
Genealogy Reports
Person Reports
Relationship Reports - Outline descendant tree shown above is just another dead graphic image
Place Reports
Media Reports
Source Reports

I skipped the Publish Tab as an image for the blog
it links to
AncestryPress and this time it crashed FTM 2008 when I double clicked on "go to existing project"

this is the Web search page
a space wasting splitscreen



above is the magic of the reports and charts of FTM 16
select any name and go to a data entry dialog by double clicking it

or click on a view icon to go to that


FTM 2008 calls an external window for linking searches - typos and all


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