Friday, March 4, 2016

It's here! Family Tree Maker is BACK

It’s here! Family Tree Maker is BACK.

All of us here at Software MacKiev are happy to be taking up where Ancestry left off with Family Tree Maker, the most widely used family history software of all time. We have completed a small update to get the product back on the market and are pleased to let you know its available RIGHT NOW.

About our new FTM updates
We have started with Ancestry’s FTM 2014 and FTM Mac 3 and, as a company of engineers, we set our focus on stability and performance improvements. So we swatted down some bugs. And we made the application more responsive – you will find some actions that previously took minutes now take seconds.

New features
We managed to sneak in just a few surprises, like 100 beautiful new backgrounds you can use to make professional looking charts and reports. And we’ve integrated a service for printing high resolution genealogy charts through the good folks at Family ChartMasters. It’s a modest start, but we hope you will be happy with our new updates.

We made sure that our new updates are completely compatible with the latest operating systems (Windows 10 and El Capitan). We’ve also made sure that your old trees will open seamlessly. That there is nothing to move. That your Ancestry account if you have one will continue to work with the new versions. And that TreeSync and all the other things you have come to like about FTM are still there for you.

Where to Buy... and more

See below how to get the updated editions, and some other information you may find useful.
Thanks to all of you who have welcomed us so warmly. It means a lot to us. A new chapter in Family Tree Maker’s long and proud history begins today!


Jack Minsky
Software MacKiev

New FTM 2014.1 and Mac 3.1

How to get the updated editions

What you will get and when depends on what FTM version you currently have:

1. Users of FTM 2014 and Mac 3: Hang in there! FREE updates are coming. They will be available in about a week or so through the built-in update feature. We will send you an email to let you know as soon as they are available.

2. Users of older FTM editions: No matter how old your copy of FTM is, or whether its running on Windows or Mac, you can download an upgrade for $29.95 (vs. $69.95 regular price). Click here to take advantage of this limited-time upgrade offer today.

3. New users: If you have never owned a copy of Family Tree Maker before, for a limited time, you can download a full edition from our online store for $49.95 by clicking here (vs. $69.95 regular price).

 Additional Offers:
  • Family Tree Maker users who do not currently have an subscription, will be offered a 14-day free trial.
  • If you would like a backup disc, you can purchase a CD in a jewel case for an extra $10 including shipping and handling.
Family Tree Maker®

1. FTM Home Page
Most everything you will need to know can be found on our Family Tree Maker home page:
There you can:
  • Read our FAQ
  • Provide Feedback
  • Report a Bug
  • Suggest a Feature
  • Sign up to be a Beta Tester
  • Learn about FTM
  • Check the System Requirements

2. Technical Support
To get technical support for any version of FTM, please start here:
We are sharing responsibility for the rest of this year with but the Software MacKiev support site is the best place to start. We’ll direct you from there to the right place to get the help you need.

3. Any Questions?
If you have questions for us, please first read our FAQ as we’ve tried to answer the most common ones there. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for in the FAQ, please send your question through our Feedback Form which you’ll find on our FTM Home Page (see #1 above). Thanks!


  1. Family trees are most important to future generations than the current as some families does not have record of all their family history. Family tree diagrams are the best way to illustrate genealogy structure of a family. You can create family tree charts using family tree maker . Find more family tree templates in the diagram community of Creately.

    1. Evan,

      Yes, of course Family Tree Charts (you called them diagrams) are important. The Family Tree Maker program has many Charts built into the program already and as for years.

      There is a Plug In, for the program called Charting Companion, which expands the Charting capability. You can find that in the Family Tree Maker store.

      But, I would suggest that Charts are not the top of the list for Sharing information with Family members. Book are, where the Stories of family, Pictures of those family members are even more important.

      I have create 15 or 20 books for family. Because I have the Data in the Family Tree Maker program, All I have to do is to pull that information out and make the stories, with pictures come to life.

      This program has a built in Book creating feature AND it has a Family Book Creator Plug In that makes the task from writing a book easier.

      Yes, Chart are important, but I think the Stories / Books are more important.

      Just my opinion.



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