Is this the kind of a program we are using. Until we have some fix for a number of problems I will _not_ post to defend UFT on a news group. We will have to start wearing paper bags over our head again.
Subject: Re: What Genealogy Program ?? Date: Sun, 02 Jan 2000 16:58:13 GMT From: email@example.com (Confused) Organization: @Home Network Newsgroups: alt.genealogy, soc.genealogy.australia+nz, soc.genealogy.britain References: 1
Based on personal experience, I would stay away from Palladium's Ultimate Family Tree. It is the WORST peace of software I have ever encountered. (can I give it a NEGATIVE five-stars rating?)
FYI, I've been a professional systems developers and a professor of computer science for quite a few years, and this is my professional evaluation of this poor excuse for software. It has a terrible user interface, and it is full with bugs. Their technical support, which I have used once, is courteous yet unequipped with the necessary software... Even the packaging is horrifying: With the PLATINUM version that I got there are 4 CD's, marked only as CD 1, CD 2, etc. No way to tell which CD is for what, and when the wrong CD is inserted the software just tells you it is the right CD. Here are a few more examples: When person xyz has a fully qualified marriage record and subsequently a divorce record, the software generates a narrative saying "xyz married an unknown person. Xyz married abc and they had 2 children" When attempting to generate an HTML version, the software asks for non-existent file(s) and clicking on the "cancel" button will non-the-less generate an HTML source, full with narrative mistakes. When attempting to generate a tree diagram the result looks terrible, and only select individuals have clickable links from their 'box' to some kind of a related narrative. Associating a picture (JPG for example) with an individual is a nightmare, full with unwarranted error messages. Clicking on the CANCEL button during such an association process will put the software into an infinite loop. File Names are limited to the DOS eight character conventions.
My personal feeling is that that the dropouts from my classes would have written a better piece of software.