I was a devoted FTM user for years, since DOS days as a matter of fact. I used to eagerly look forward to each new upgrade and was particularly delighted when the ability to cite sources wasadded. However, ever since all the recent upgrades (now twice a year) seemed to add "enhancements" that were for the cosmetic enhancement of charts, but nothing of the many requests one saw posted year after year. FTM seems targeted at the amateur. The release of version 7.5 finally pushed me over the edge, I felt that FTM had abandoned its origins much as UFT has now abandoned it consumers. With all the many upgrades, the lack of increasing the size of fields for notes, the same for source titles, the lack of a prefix and suffix title, the inattention to repreated requests with each new version and enhancements which only seemed to be for novices and chart makers, really disappointed.
I started looking at the other products and decided it had to be among Family Origins, Legacy, Ultimate Family Tree and The Master Genealogist, I was using UFT 3.0 for better citations. However when Legacy 3.0 was released I decided to download their demo and give it a try. I was sufficiently pleased with what I found to purchase the product.
I am so delighted that I did. Among the features I was particularly delighted to find was the ability to make lists of sources, locations, surnames, etc. and edit same from these lists. I found I had a number of errors in spelling in my locations which I never found using FTM. You can click on any location or source in the master lists to find out which records contain that source. This has been especially helpful in making corrections. 1/2 siblings can be shown on pages, and unlike FTM which will only display 4 children at a time, Legacy will display 15 on its Family View.
Legacy is not perfect, but that is its real strength to me (and why so many foreign users seem to like it). The folks at Legacy do not wait until the next release of a version to make bug fixes or enhancements, they make new builds available quite often; three so far for Legacy 3.0. And they are all free.
There is a terrific users group list which offers help when needed any many new suggestions for enhancements. I am very impressed at how many of these new enhancements have made their way into the newest builds. The support team really responds to problems and suggestions. They seem to be very consumer oriented.
I am a new, but delighted Legacy user and seem to have found the product I have needed all along. I would add that TMG is a close runnerup and certainly is worth considering by those who have been abandoned by UFT.
As a matter of full disclosure, I have no interest in any way with any of these products beyond those of a serious genealogist consumer.