What’s Happening With Family Tree Maker 2017?

So what’s happening with Family Tree Maker 2017? In short … the world is still waiting for it.

It was about a month ago when Ancestry together with MacKiev, announced that TreeSync on Ancestry would be disabled, with MacKiev’s new FamilySync being implemented, and following that Family Tree Maker 2017 would be released.

Alas as is the way with software, things don’t quite as planned, but it’s getting there, with fixes and continued testing throughout the last month.

Part of MacKiev’s 20 April update report says:

“Results from expanded beta testing this week showed 94% are now able to sync (up from 89% last week) with all but the largest of trees. And Ancestry continued to roll out modifications to their connection systems to help ensure that syncing works reliably for all users. The last major Ancestry system update will be live tomorrow (Friday) and we expect to start building our part over the weekend and have it ready to test and put into builds early next week.”

So you’ll see that MacKiev are being cautious and are wanting it released when it is right ready. So while the delay is frustrating a number of users, you have to admire them for not releasing a product before it’s ready as we all know what happens then (just look back at what happened when FTM 2008 was released).

And to answer one other question …
Q. Can’t Ancestry just turn syncing back on while we are waiting?
A: No. We couldn’t test the FamilySync system while TreeSync was still running and we still can’t. So TreeSync has to remain off while we prepare FamilySync for release.

So sit tight, and it will come. But you can keep up to date with the latest developments from MacKiev on their own Support page: https://support.mackiev.com/ and on the Family Tree Maker Facebook page.

For more important Q&A’s relating to Family Tree Maker 2017, click here.

3 thoughts on “What’s Happening With Family Tree Maker 2017?

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  2. Am not impressed! Under Australian conSumer law they are surely in breach of consumer rights? . They have advertised a product which still does not have a release date, originally stated to be a few days or a week or so but now two months down the track…. have accepted and pocketed customers dollars ( two months ago in my case), and when contacted can only offer a refund and a claim that if a consumer is still interested in their product will have to pay full price even if they have had previous versions?

    The version sent on line were interim is 2014 not 2017, 2014 which one has and which had glitches and still does not work. No synch available which preciously existed with prior versions and for which people paid so no longer have features for which they paid?

    In attempting to download from ancestry trees the files seem to be huge and take hours to download ( tree number about 6000people and some 300 records?

  3. Hi Glen, MacKiev are accepting people as new beta testers, which then not only gives you access to try out the new version, it also then allows you to sync with your Ancestry tree online. So rather than waiting till it’s released, that is an option. But as you can understand they want to make sure their software works 100% with Ancestry’s sync, rather than just ‘mostly’, hence the delay. You can find the link to sign up to be a Beta Tester here: http://www.mackiev.com/familytreemaker/betatest/qualification/index.html?ext=yes.

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