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.