On the final day of the NGS Conference, Ohana Software’s newsletter announced they are beta testing a version of FamilyInsight that supports Family Tree Maker 2010. This will give Family Tree Maker users the ability to synchronize with the New FamilySearch Tree (NFS). However, this capability would not extend NFS access beyond those who already have NFS access. According to officials from FamilySearch, a controlled rollout of NFS to the general public will begin this fall and complete in 2011.
Presumably, FamilyInsight’s Family Tree Maker support also makes it possible for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to automatically search Church temple records for individuals in Family Tree Maker files. Many major desktop genealogy programs already offer this feature, pioneered by Ohana Software’s PAF Insight program years prior to NFS. While relations between Ancestry.com and FamilySearch remain publicly amicable, one cannot but notice that Family Tree Maker support comes from a third party.
The text of the Ohana Software announcement, in full, reads:
FamilyInsight: Adding New File Formats
We are also currently beta testing a version that will work with Family Tree Maker 2010 file and Ancestral Quest file formats. We are in development of versions that will work directly with RootsMagic and Legacy files. You will be able to use FamilyInsights Compare and Sync to compare your PAF file to your cousins RootsMagic file. You will be able to trim and save a file for your aunt that works with her program even if you use a different program.
What does this mean? Do I need to stop using PAF? This means that you can use the program that works best for your needs and still have access to FamilyInsight. If PAF is your favorite program then by all means keep using PAF 5. If you like one of the other programs then you can choose the program that is best for you. We are often asked which program is best. There is no one database manager that is the best for everyone. We do not recommend one program over another. In the future we will be offering other programs on our website, but it will still be up to you to make the choice of which program you want for your personal use. They all have their own strengths and the easiest to use for one person may not be the easiest for someone else.
We are actively searching for Mac programs to work directly with their files. Family Tree Maker has announced that they will be releasing a Mac Version and we will work with that program when it is released. We are also pursuing other Mac options to work with.
Now that Get My Ancestors is in the Tools menu of FamilyInsight, you will be able to save your Get My Ancestors file in any of the formats that FamilyInsight saves to. This is only applicable to the version that is in the tools menu of FamilyInsight. The Get My Ancestors stand alone program will only save to a PAF file.
We look forward to adding more formats in the future to FamilyInsight.