Here it is the last week before Christmas and shoppers are out in droves.Ultimate Family Tree is nowhere to be found on the shelves of local software stores, such as Best Buy and CompUSA.There are stacks and stacks of Family Tree Maker.Folks, I don't believe that shoppers have snatched up all the available boxes of UFT and left the other unwanted program on the shelves.No, the situation was the same back at Thanksgiving.
UFT is not being marketed.Remember that the same company (genealogy.com, or whatever it's called now) owns both programs and gets them to the stores in one way or another.If they can manage one, why not the other?
Now, I can understand a company's desire to keep their plans for a product confidential.However, when they fail to make any effort to market a product and they have never confirmed that there will be a future upgraded version of the product at some indeterminate date, well, one inevitably draws certain conclusions, whether correctly or not.If your local car dealership has no vehicles on the lot and the manufacturer will not say if there will be new models produced next year, what should the public think?
I hate to see UFT go down the drain.It's the best genealogy software around (even with the bugs).But apparently there aren't enough of us loyal customers to keep the company interested in the product.Even Paul Burchfield, who has been such a helpful participant from the company on this forum, has stated that his primary affiliation is with the FTM product.Where are the people with genealogy.com who are working with UFT?FTM is obviously a going operation, but where's the real evidence that UFT will be around?
I guess we can only hope that the company will sell off UFT yet again to a small company with the interest, if not the resources, to support it as its premier product.I'd be happy just to have someone fix the bugs!Let genealogy.com make its wads of dough selling the simplistic FTM with all the useless and over-priced CDs included, and we serious genealogists can get on with effectively managing our databases---with an old and outdated, but workable, version of UFT.
Hey, I'll bet someone out there with a little programing knowledge could get a good buy!With communications what they are today, you could be "taking care of business" and never leave your spot on the tropical beaches of Hawaii or Mexico!