Gary & list:
FTM 2005 has improved the sourcing with an "parchment scroll" icon to the
right next to where the name, date of birth, death, marriage etc. And notes
inputting with a pop-up window from a single click of the "pencil" icon
below the group sheet listing of the father and mother's data
blocks. Notes are done the same way for the children only the "pencil"
icon is located to the left side.
I agree with your point that not just one program can do all the things you
might want to do in an efficient manner. Some are better at doing certain
tasks than others. Each person will have different special needs and some
programs just will not fulfill that need. With most software, you need to
decide most of the things you want to do and then get the best program or
programs to meet those tasks - all within your budget.
At 07:58 AM 8/31/2004 -0700, you wrote:
Although my wife and I have used Legacy for several years now,
used Family Tree Maker for Windows (FTW) exclusively and I was a beta
tester for each new version of the software for several years until this
year. I was not a tester for FTW 2005. I guess I didn't get invited to
do the testing this year because I was on vacation last year during the
beta testing and did not contribute too much.
Anyway, I use the Deluxe version of Legacy and am perfectly satisfied with
it except for trying to print out big family trees. Legacy cannot print
trees; there is another program that will take your Legacy file and make a
tree. It doesn't work all that well and is more expensive than upgrading
to FTW. Due to this weakness in the Legacy program,
every two years before my wife's family reunion, we have to export her
file from Legacy to a GEDCOM and import the GEDCOM into FTW to print a
tree. Of course GEDCOM files don't export the pictures and so we have to
relink all the pictures after the export/import. Not fun! We always
mount the tree on a wall at the family reunion. This years was 4 feet
tall and 30 feet long. The family is growing!!!
I just bought the new FTW 2005 and was very impressed with it, although it
still has the deficiency that made me change to Legacy, sourcing your new
entries. Legacy is far superior in its ease of sourcing, FTW is much more
cumbersome. (At least it was, I haven't used the new version to check
extensively, only cursorily have checked.)
It really almost comes down to what you intend to do and cost, Legacy is
cheaper but FTW is not that much more expensive any more and the upgrade
was only $19.95 plus shipping (about $27 total) this time. Of course the
original cost is higher. Legacy Basic is free and Deluxe Legacy is 14.95
downloaded with no shipping costs. If you're not sure, you can try the
Legacy Basic for free as long as you like and then decide if
you like it. I notice that FTW has copied a lot of things in its latest
version that Legacy has had for a while.
OK, that's my 2 cents.
Gary Lynn Hada (sitting at my wife's computer)