Friday, 23 December 2011
To the left is what I found on the home page of Wholly Genes, the company behind The Master Genealogist, the background showing computer code with with expressions like "Runtime error in /Merchant2/4.24/modules/util/DEN_TINYCART.mvc".
It's fixed now, but catered to my previous prejudice that this is a program for techies, not the average genealogist.
A review for version 7 summarizes, "The Master Genealogist genealogy software is designed for only the most serious genealogists who approach family history with discipline and highly technical skills. This is not a family friendly program. Heirloom projects give way to statistical reports. There are higher ranked programs that are powerful, easy to use and more inviting."
Is the new version 8 any more user friendly?
I've not reviewed it, but judging by the information available, I don't think so. To get a demo you're asked to download an executable file with all the alarm bells that sets off. Why not on YouTube? Read the features and you're blessed with reams of technical detail, enough to deter anyone but those with the most "highly technical skills."
It's also a program the company seems to want to keep a secret. Aside from the announcement on the company website I could find no other mention of version 8 on the internet including social networks.
That's in contrast to the release of version 6.0 of the Family Tree Builder software announced on the My Heritage blog. There's lots of coverage.You can download a free version. It's not a program I've tried; I'm already confused enough with having different versions of my genealogy database on Legacy Family Tree and Family Tree Maker!
at 12:01 a.m.