Barry- While you were writing and posting your message this morning, I was clicking on various menu and sub menu list boxes in the Ultimate Family Tree Genealogy Program. This is the first time I have actually attempted to look at all the features in over two years. The last time I tried, my computer crashed repeatedly with various error messages. Today there were no such crashes.
In fairness, I had several self-induced hardware problems when I first purchased UFT 2.0. I laughed the other day when I went to the shelf to find a replacement fan for one that had become noisy on my Central Processor Unit (cpu). Glued to the heat sink on that fan was my former "off-brand" cpu.
That cpu and a former video card caused an awful lot of crashes that I unfairly blamed on UFT. As a result, between the hardware and the software problems, I barely met my self-imposed deadline on my first project and then fell back to complaining continually on the UFT message board on my new found spleen venter, the Internet.
I completely lost sight of my original purpose of actually using the software to generate reports. No that's not true. What I first wanted to do was create a little telephone book. But programmers and true genealogists look with disdain on new users, who actually want to use the mailing list name fields for sorting purposes, so I gave up on that.
It turned out that my seemingly logical placement of the phone numbers and addresses under More Miscellaneous of the blood relative, whether male or female completely screwed up the alphabetical sorting of married folk in the mailing list. My relatives at the reunion thought I was crazy. No UFT sales there.
Neither the programmers nor the veteran users understood why newbies couldn't just work around the problems like they had learned to do on Roots.
But just about the time the program got better and I, too, started to work around the remaining problems the veteran users went on the warpath. They were highly suspicious and thought that maybe the Family Treemaker contingent in Genealogy.com was deliberately sabotaging UFT. At first I didn’t think so, but then nothing occurred done to dispel that rumor, and much occurred to substantiate it.
So where does this complicated Database/Report-writer program called UFT stand today? Still at the top of the heap for at least another year or two! Will the competition’s developers retain their sweet bedside manner once the UFT hordes emigrate en masse with all their fun loving nit-picking and bargain hunting? I guess we’ll never know, unless they go to a public message board too.