What’s New in Family Tree Maker 2014?

FTM2014DIt’s been over two years since Ancestry.com released a new version of Family Tree Maker. Even longer for us here in Australia thanks to numerous holdups, but it has finally hit Australian soil, much to the delight of many who are either wanting to give it as a present, or who are wishing to update their existing version and have time to work on their family tree over the Christmas/New Year break.

With this new 2014 version Ancestry.com have said “you spoke and we listened!” And as a result Family Tree Maker 2014 includes many new enhancements that users have requested. Many of the new features are listed below, and a PDF of the new features can be found by clicking here.

Enhanced TreeSync
Ancestry made TreeSync more reliable and robust to “create a better sync experience”. The following family tree data is now stored online:
- Source Templates
- Research Notes
- Fact Notes
- Media Notes
- Relationship Notes
- Relationship Media
- Media File Names
- Media Categories

Please note: not all of the data will be viewable in the online tree. Since the data is stored online, it can be included when/if you ever need to restore your tree from the online version.

New Family View
The new Family View presents a fuller and more visual view of your tree similar to the family view found online on Ancestry.com.

FTM 2014 Family View

Enhanced Data Merge
Ancestry have made it easier to merge all members of a household into your tree and now Family Tree Maker 2014 will merge more information more reliably.

New List Reports
The new List of Individuals Report offers five different report formats:
- Index of Individuals – Lists all of the people in your tree
- Index of Individuals with IDs – Includes Person Ids and Relationship Ids
- Anniversary List – Shows the marriage date and anniversary for each married couple
- Birthday List – Shows the birth date and age for each person
- Contact List – Shows the address, email, and phone number for each person

Simplified Exports
Ancestry has increased your ability to export an individual’s branch by simply right-clicking the individual in the tree.

Simplified User Experience
And they have simplified the interface, simplified the most common tasks and added options to automatically sort families by birth order.

New Media Viewer
Family Tree Maker 2014 includes a new media viewer capable of displaying all your PDF documents.

Faster than Ever
Family Tree Maker 2014 is faster than ever with 64-bit compatibility.

And for those of you who are Upgrading from Family Tree Maker 16, Family Tree Maker 2014 offers you the following … 
Simplified Interface
If you are upgrading from a previous version of Family Tree Maker (version 16 or earlier), Family Tree Maker will display a simplified user interface that looks more like the version you’re accustomed to.

Help specifically for Version 16 users
New help topics are available to help you upgrade to Family Tree Maker version 2014 with TreeSync. Topics such as “Migrating from Family Tree Maker 16” and “Charts, Reports and other Printables” help you make the transition easily, and find equivalent features in Version 2014.For a visual introduction to Family Tree Maker 2014, have a look at this video …

For further details about what is included in each version of Family Tree Maker 2014, click on the links below:
Family Tree Maker 2014 Platinum Australia and New Zealand Edition – AUD$99.95
Family Tree Maker 2014 Deluxe Australia and New Zealand Edition – AUD$59.95
Family Tree Maker 2014 Upgrade Australia and New Zealand Edition – AUD$39.95Please note this post is about the new PC version of Family Tree Maker only. Not the Mac. That one will be a separate post.
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  1. Norma Tonks says:

    Could you tell me what is the difference between the version of FTM 2014 and the one advertised for use in Australia? They have different pictures and colours on the box, Norma Tonks.

  2. Alona Tester says:

    Hi Norma, there are US, UK and Aus versions of FTM 2014. The actual FTM program in version is the same. The differences are the “extras” that come with them, such as the subscription to Ancestry varies, and some might have extra data CDs relevant to that country. That Aus version comes with a subscription to Ancestry.com.au. The US to Ancestry.com, and the UK on Ancestry.co.uk.

  3. Margaret McIntosh says:

    I have not used a family history program and wish to buy an Apple computer. I am not terribly computer literate and would appreciate it if you advised me on the program I should purchase.
    Does Family Tree Maker work well with Apple?
    Many, many thanks, Margaret.

  4. Alona Tester says:

    Hi Margaret, If you’re wanting genealogy software for your Mac, and something that is easy. You might like to look Reunion. You can download a trial version of this from http://www.leisterpro.com.
    Comparing the ease of use of FTM and Reunion, I would have to say that Reunion is easier, and also a plus towards it is that it doesn’t need to you to be connected to the internet all the time either. If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can find the details on the our main website:
    http://www.gould.com.au/articles.asp?ID=140

  5. Coral Horton says:

    I have an ancient version of FTM 2005. This will not upgrade, but also I have now got a MacBook Air. My question is will the Gedcom from the old FTM on Windows go across to the Mac with ease, and also, I live in Australia but most of my research is in the UK, should I buy the UK version of the programme?

    Thanks.

  6. Alona Tester says:

    Coral, if you wish to swap from FTM 2005 to FTM for Mac, you can do so. And rather than doing a gedcom, it’s better if you use your original .FTW files. It’ll be a cleaner import. For more about importing from FTM PC to FTM Mac read this (http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2011/01/convert-your-family-tree-maker-pc-files-to-mac/)

    As for the query should you buy the UK or Aus version. We’ll it’s entirely up to you, but the Aus one will come with 6 months access to Ancestry.com.au at the UK Heritage level subscription. This gives you access to all Australia, New Zealand and UK records.

    The Ancestry.co.uk equivalent level subscription doesn’t include the Australian or New Zealand records.

  7. Sephanie says:

    I have all my files recorded in PAF5 (Personal Ancestral File). Is it possible to do a bulk transfer of these files to Family Tree Maker 2014?

  8. Alona Tester says:

    If you have your file/s saved into Gedcom, you can simply import each into FTM 2014. However if you have LOTS of separate family files, sorry, there’s no way to import all of these files in, in a single go.

  9. Gina Francis says:

    I’m a very happy user of FTW 2006 on Windows XP. I’m attracted by FTW 2014 due to it’s Sync Function with Ancestry Online Trees. I’m also concerned that when I’m FORCED to change from Windows XP to 8.1 it won’t support my old version of FTW.
    Question 1: Is FTW 2006 the same as Version 16 being discussed?
    Quetion 2: Will I be able to easily upgrade from Version 2006 to Version 2014 ?

  10. Alona Tester says:

    Gina, There were lots of very happy FTM 2005 users, who have been forced to change, either to a later version or a different program, because FTM 2006 won’t work on newer computers.

    To answer your queries:
    Q1. Yes, FTM 2006 is the same as FTM Version 16.
    Q2. Yes it is eacy. Simply install the new program, open it up, and then you would look for the import button, then find your file (.FTW) and that will bring all of your data in.

    I’m sure you’re already aware that FTM 2014 won’t look or work anything like your current version. But just in case have a look at this video showing it http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2013/12/whats-new-in-family-tree-maker-2014/

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