NOTE: This article has been updated with new information supplied by readers of this newsletter.
MyFamily.com has announced the release of Family Tree Maker Version 16, a genealogy program for Windows. Best of all, registered users of the previous version can obtain free updates immediately.
Family Tree Maker Version 16 replaces Family Tree Maker 2006. The entire numbering system is confusing. Years ago the program was identified by version numbers, such as Family Tree Maker Version 9 or Version 10. A couple of years ago the program's version numbering was switched to years: Family Tree Maker 2005, Family Tree Maker 2006, and so on. Now it looks like the company is reverting back to revision numbers, the same as they used to do.
A full list of all the changes in versions 16 may be found at: http://www.familytreemaker.com/help/Updates.
The new version 16 is not yet available in stores or by mail order. However, registered users of Family Tree Maker 2006 may download the new version immediately. Best of all, the download is available free of charge.
The company's web site DOES state: "PLEASE NOTE: Due to differences in the code between the US and International versions of Family Tree Maker, this patch is only available to customers who own the US version of Family Tree Maker 2006."
Here’s how to get your free upgrade to Family Tree Maker version 16:
- Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet.
- Launch Family Tree Maker 2006.
- Click on Help.
- Click on Check for Update.
- Follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
- Exit out of Family Tree Maker.
- Re-launch Family Tree Maker.
There will be a bit of a delay, and then you will see the new Family Tree Maker Version 16 as it is now installed on your computer.
You may prefer to use a direct download method: Go to http://ftm.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/ftm.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php and click on #5 "Updated - FTM: Updating to Version 16."
I suspect that more information about Family Tree Maker 16 will appear at http://www.familytreemaker.com/ within the next few days.
NOTE: Subscribers are reporting that the free upgrade works on some but not all packaged versions of FTM 2006.