If you hadn't yet heard the news, Family Tree Maker has been acquired by our company, Software MacKiev. After six years as the developer of all three Mac editions (FTM Mac 1, 2 and 3), we are thrilled to be taking over for Ancestry as the new publisher of the most popular family history software of all time.
Our latest Mac edition picks up right where Ancestry left off so you can still get Ancestry's "shaky leaf" hints, and use TreeSync® to keep your Ancestry online tree in synch with the Family Tree Maker tree on your Mac. You will not need to transfer your Ancestry subscription if you have one — it will just work. And if you don't have a subscription, you can access Ancestry's 16 billion family history records with a 14–Day free Ancestry.com.au trial that's included.
Mac and Windows, together at last.
As you might guess from the fact that there is "Mac" in our company's name, the days of Windows versions coming out first are over. Going forward Mac and Windows editions will all be released simultaneously, and actually we've done it already. On March 1st, we released FTM Mac 3.1, an updated edition of Ancestry's FTM Mac 3, at the exact same time as the Windows edition. And we will be making sure that the features are the same on both platforms too.
Discounted upgrades from older editions.
If you'd like to upgrade to the latest Mac edition of Family Tree Maker, FTM Mac 3.1, you can download it for a limited time for just A$39.95 (vs. A$99.95 regular price) by clicking here. You will get a full free–standing installer for one computer, so don't worry if you don't still have the old edition installed. You will also have a chance to purchase a backup DVD for A$20 (including shipping and handling) when you order, and you can upgrade your single–computer license to a three–computer family pack for A$30 extra.
We'd love to hear from you.
We have set up a number of links at www.familytreemaker.com for you. Stop by to suggest a feature you'd like to see, report a bug, or sign up to be a beta tester. You will also find an FAQ answering the most common questions, and our Family Tree Maker mailing list sign up form where you can decide what you'd like to hear about, from free updates and upgrade offers to group discounts and genealogy technology news.
It's the start of a new era for Family Tree Maker, and we're glad that Ancestry chose us to take it from here.
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