Gee, I thought I had heard of all the various genealogy programs available today, but here's one that is news to me: Who Do You Think You Are? It is even available as a "Deluxe Edition" although I cannot find any mention of a "Standard Edition." Strange indeed… Yet the screen shots look very familiar.
"Who Do You Think You Are?" is the name of a very popular British television program in which various celebrities look for their ancestral roots. The Windows program has been released as a tie-in with the BBC show.
I haven't been able to obtain a copy of the program myself, just yet. However, British web site IT Reviews has just published an online review. Looking at the included screenshots, it appears that this "new" program isn't so new after all. In fact, it is Family Tree Maker - UK Edition. Apparently it is being sold with a new name, but the software is still the same. It even says "Family Tree Maker" across the top of the computer screen when in use.
The unnamed reviewer at IT Reviews was not very impressed with this program. He (she?) wrote:
So, let's assume you've got a name in place that you want to know more about. You have a tempting button that allows you to search a special database direct from the program. Great idea. Only to use it, you must - repeat, must - register with GSP, giving them your name and address details along with your e-mail address. Once upon a time, giving a company £30 for a piece of software let you get access to everything, without the need for draconian and wholly unwelcome registration processes. Not that we're prone to ranting...
The same reviewer also writes:
Only if you don't have a credit card, you're stuffed.
The Brits certainly have a way with words!
The review ends with the following:
This is an unpolished package, the main highlight of which is available elsewhere for a third of the price.
You can read the review of Who Do You Think You Are? - Deluxe Edition for yourself at http://www.itreviews.co.uk/software/s344.htm