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This table offers the following features as a guide to help you choose the right genealogy software for your needs. Please click on the link at the top of the page to view free software and programs with less features. Roots Magic 4 Family Tree Maker 2006 Click to see details of Family Tree Maker 2006 Range Click to see details of Family Historian Software Family tree Maker 2010 Family tree Maker 2011
Software title RootsMagic Edition 4
Family Tree Maker 2006 Family Tree Maker 2008 v2 (All editions) Family Historian v4.1.3 Family Tree maker 2010 Family Tree maker 2011
Price
My History £24.90 from £12.45 from £9.95 £35.50 From £18.95 From £23.95
TWR Computing
(Free delivery)
£25.50 £9.95 from £9.95
£35.90 £19.95 £23.95
Price Direct from author £25.50 £9.95 from£9.95
£35.90 £19.95 £23.95
Most recent edition 2009 .Aug 2005 .Nov 2008 May  2009 September 2009 September 2010
Operating System W95-V7 W98-Vista XP/Vista W98-V7 WXP-V7 WXP-V7
Evaluation Rating
Ease of use (1[Complex]-10[Easy]) 9 9 8 8 8 8
users Suitable for beginners in computing and genealogy Suitable for beginners in computing and genealogy Suitable for beginners in computing and genealogy Suitable for beginners in genealogy Suitable for beginners in genealogy Suitable for beginners in genealogy
Privacy

Roots Magic Family Tree Maker 2006 Family Tree Maker 2008 Family Historian v4 Family tree maker 2010 Family tree maker 2011
Data Storage Privacy Home Computer Home Computer Home Computer Home Computer Home Computer Home Computer
Instructions
Getting Started Guide - Printed no no Deluxe & Platinum only 48 pages Deluxe & Platinum only Deluxe & Platinum & World only
Getting Started Guide - On disc no yes yes yes yes yes
Main Manual - Printed Available separately Available separately Available separately Available separately Available separately Available separately
Main Manual - On disc & printable no no no Yes 200 pages no no
On-screen Help yes Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Data Entry/Storage/Sources

Roots Magic Family Tree Maker 2006 Family Tree Maker 2008 Family Historian v4 Family tree maker 2010 Family tree maker 2011
Multiple dates for a single event yes yes yes yes yes yes
Duplicate Person Warning no no no no no yes
Space for sources Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Attribute a single source to multiple records yes yes yes yes yes yes
Add multiple sources to a single event yes yes yes yes yes yes
Automatically assign a source to fields as they are keyed no no no yes no no
Create/Edit a list of Sources/Master Sources yes yes yes yes yes yes
Create/Edit a list of Repositories yes no yes yes yes yes
Report of sources and where used no yes yes yes yes yes
Working with data

Roots Magic Family Tree Maker 2006 Family Tree Maker 2008 Family Historian v4 Family tree maker 2010 Family tree maker 2011
Colour code people to help navigation in tree yes no no no no no
Create/Edit standard list of place names/occupations etc. yes no Place names only Places, Occupations, + more Place names only Place names only
Notes
Allow notes against individuals yes yes yes yes yes yes
Allow separate notes no no no yes yes yes
Create a Source for Notes no no no yes yes yes
Link separate notes to multiple persons no no no yes yes yes
Research

Roots Magic Family Tree Maker 2006 Family Tree Maker 2008 Family Historian v4 Family tree maker 2010 Family tree maker 2011
Produces blank forms for manual research yes no 2 Forms no no no
Automatic Internet Research for Records Ancestry, Rootsweb, Family Search Ancestry Ancestry no yesAncestry  yesAncestry 
Create Map Coordinates and link to Microsoft 3D Maps yes no yes no yes yes
Create a 'To-Do' list yes no yes Excellent yes yes
Charts/Diagrams

Roots Magic Family Tree Maker 2006 Family Tree Maker 2008 Family Historian v4 Family tree maker 2010 Family tree maker 2011
Diagrams are part of main program yes yes yes yes yes yes
Overall layout of Charts (Out of 10) 3 4 4 8 6 6
Ancestor Tree/Pedigree yes yes yes yes yes yes
Standard Pedigree yes yes yes no yes yes
Descendants yes yes yes yes yes yes
Hourglass yes yes yes yes yes yes
Bow Tie Chart no no no no yes Yes - Siblings may now be included
All Relatives Diagram/All-in-one no yes See extended chart in FTM 2009/10 yes no no
Everyone Diagram no no no yes no no
Fan Charts no yes Expected on free update in 2008 no yes yes
Expand/Hide Branches no no no yes no no
Click and drag on diagrams to add relatives no no no yes no no
Allow repositioning of people in diagram yes Limited on Descendant chart Limited on Descendant chart yes yes yes
Option to print last generation vertically no no no no no YES - Descendant and Hourglass charts only
Allow extra images to be added around charts no no no yes no yes
Allow sub charts to be added to main chart no no no yes no no
Click and drag to rescale charts to fit paper no no no yes no no
Prevent boxes printing over page joints no yes yes yes yes yes
Save and edit customised charts yes no no yes no no
Synchronised charts no no no yes no no
Chart Design Templates no yes no no no no
Display Relationships on Diagrams/Charts no yes ? yes no no
Print a numbering system on Diagrams/Charts no no yes no yes yes
Show same generation cousins as one level on charts yes Descendant chart only Descendant chart only yes Descendant chart only Descendant chart only
Decorative box borders (colour) Colour only yes yes yes yes yes
Decorative page borders (colour) no yes yes no yes yes
Choice of Colours for text/boxes/lines/background yes yes yes yes yes yes
View/Edit individuals data by clicking on diagrams no yes no yes yes yes
Statistics no yes yes no yes yes
Time Lines Family Only yes Family & National(USA bias) no Family & National(USA bias) Family & National(USA bias)
Editing of Time Lines allowed Family Only no no no no yes
Multimedia Facilities

Roots Magic Family Tree Maker 2006 Family Tree Maker 2008 Family Historian v4 Family tree maker 2010 Family tree maker 2011
Add Photos to Individuals yes yes yes yes yes yes
Edit Photos in Program yes yes Links to favourite photo editing program no no no
Link Individuals to parts of a photo no no no yes no no
Categorise and sort photos no no yes no yes yes
Add Sound yes yes yes yes yes yes
Add Video yes yes yes yes yes yes
Reports/Publishing

Roots Magic Family Tree Maker 2006 Family Tree Maker 2008 Family Historian v4 Family tree maker 2010 Family tree maker 2011
Narrative /Register Reports Good Excellent To be re introduced in a future update Excellent yes yes
Create PDF documents from Reports yes yes yes No * yes yes
Family History Book Publishing Excellent Excellent To be re introduced in a future update Good yes yes
Preview before Publishing yes yes yes Good yes yes
Create publishers files from Diagrams no PDF PDF Bitmap,JPEG,PNG, TIFF and more * yes yes
Create "Smart Stories™" no no no no no yes
Create Ahnentafel report/book yes Detailed Report yes Outline Report yes yes
Create web (HTML) browser-based versions of reports for CD or internet publishing no Limited to creating PDF documents from reports & diagrams Limited to creating HTML files from reports Limited to creating HTML files from reports no no
Create a website to publish on the internet yes Yes On Ancestry server only yes Yes Advanced yes yes
Create website for publishing on a CD no no no Yes Advanced no no
Publish a read-only copy of program and family file on a CD yes no no no no no
Import/Export Features

Roots Magic Family Tree Maker 2006 Family Tree Maker 2008 Family Historian v4 Family tree maker 2010 Family tree maker 2011
Import from a Gedcom file yes yes yes yes yes yes
Export to a GEDCOM file yes yes yes yes yes yes
Import and attach to existing file yes yes yes yes yes yes
Import and check for duplicates No (poor) yes yes Yes (good) yes yes
View/Compare two open files yes yes yes yes yes yes
Export part of a tree to a GEDCOM file yes yes yes yes yes yes
Data Storage/Backups
Use with data stored on External Hard-drive yes yes yes yes yes yes
Back up directly to Memory Stick yes no yes yes yes yes
Back up to External Hard-drive yes yes yes yes yes yes
Back up directly to CD yes yes yes no yes yes
Use Program from a Memory Stick
yesProgram and data
no no no no no
Backup service on remotecomputer no Yes $9.95/year no no no no
Store Contact details for living individuals in tree yes yes no no no no
Extras
Collaboration with relatives no no no no no no
Extra Programs/Data CDs no no no no no no
Free Trial/Subscriptions no Yes - 14 day Ancestry.co.uk Yes - see packs for duration no Yes - see packs for duration Yes - see packs for duration


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