Ancestry.com, makers of the award winning Family Tree Maker software package has announced that they will discontinue development and sales of the software effective December 31, 2015. According to their website, "Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.
Read the complete article at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/
COMMENTARY: A little over 20 years or so ago I began recording my family history research on a home built computer utilizing Family Origins which was originally created by Parsons Technology. Parsons sold out to Broderbund who made a few changes to the software and then ceased development in favor of their more robust genealogy program, Family Tree Maker. At that time I was in the market for a new genealogy application and since Family Tree Maker was made by the same company, Broderbund, and it was the "big boy on the block", I decided to use it. At the time, FTM was being heavily developed and updated so I purchased each full version update as it became available. At one point a representative from Broderbund/FTM called me on the phone and recommended I update to a new version which was available. I purchsed the update and went about my business. Almost exactly 30 days later I read somewhere that a new version of FTM was coming out very soon. I was a little more than upset that FTM contacted me to sell me an update knowing full well that they would be pushing out a new version soon. It appeared to me that FTM was trying to liquidate their inventory of the version I purchased prior to releasing their newest version of the software. I made a decision right then and there to quit using FTM and immediately set about to find a new genealogy application. Enter Legacy Family Tree, produced by Millennia Corp. Legacy was relatively new at the time (v3) and was offered in two versions, Free and Deluxe. I ordered the free version and gave it a test run. I liked what I saw and how it functioned so purchased the deluxe version and have been using it since. Currently Legacy is on version 8, the standard copy is and has always been free and their deluxe version is $29.95. When asked, I recommend Legacy.