A new version of the world's most popular commercial genealogy program has been announced by MyFamily.com. I have not yet had a chance to use the new version but the company's web site lists the following new features:
Enjoy improved searching and merging
Change web-search criteria in various ways without ever changing your data in Family Tree Maker®. Merge Ancestry.com records and images with any individual in your records and edit citation information before merging. Another helpful addition: all records stored in Family Tree Maker® 2006 can now be linked directly to the related source records on Ancestry.com.
Manage sources better than ever before
View all the sources associated with a single fact or person in the new, Source Usage Report. Easily connect a single citation to multiple facts with the new Copy and Paste feature. You can also quickly identify and replace duplicate master sources without losing any information.
Streamline your data entry
The new and improved Edit Individual box simplifies the process of entering basic information about a person from the Pedigree view. It also makes it easier for you to see related sources for that person. And now you can enter four times as many notes in the Notes field — up to 1MB of text.
Easily create a variety of colorful charts and reports
Use the new Charting Companion ™ for Family Tree Maker ® to view, customize, print and publish generations of your family tree. Choose from a variety of formats and more than 16 million color options.
Make sure you never lose your family history
Now you can quickly jump to the people in your tree that you view most frequently by creating bookmarks or viewing your editing history. Bookmarks are set by you to identify the individuals you access frequently. The History feature automatically tracks the last 30 individuals you edited, enabling you to jump to recently changed people. You can use bookmarks and history in both the Family View and the Pedigree View.
Family Facts and Research Tips
Get interesting and helpful research information about your family surname – see where your ancestors are likely to have originated, the meaning of their names, where they lived, their most likely occupations and more. FTM will also provide with you tips on which records to search for more information.
Family Tree Maker 2006 sells for $29.95 (U.S. funds). The program is usually found on retail shelves bundled with numerous CD-ROM disks of data. The company's web site lists the Family Tree Maker 2006 DVD Bundle at a retail price of $59.95 but available for a ten dollar discount if purchased online. This combo pack includes Family Tree Maker 2006 , Family Tree Maker 2006 Basic DVD & Family Tree Maker 2006 Advanced DVD.
The Family Tree Maker 2006 Basic DVD is a video that provides a 30 minute guided tour of the Family Tree Maker Software. The Family Tree Maker 2006 Advanced DVD is billed as an “advanced training video of Family Tree Maker 2005” and provides training on the advanced features of Family Tree Maker 2006 Software.
For more information about Family Tree Maker 2006, look at http://familytreemaker.com