It really is about time you did develop a version for Linux. You say that you are waiting for members to express an interest, but to be honest that won't happen because anyone using Linux is unlikely to be a member, given that your software isn't compatible. You have developed a mobile version which runs on Android - a linux based development, so how much harder would it be to extend that to linux?
I've been a member for some time, but I don't currently use your product because I no longer use windows - I would love to be able to come back!
In this blogpost from the 13th of April 2013, part of the post state: "We've started working on adding support for Mac OS X too. Mac users, please lend us your patience, we're working to bring Family Tree Builder to you too."
I feel rather silly still waiting for this. Too bad Mac users are not able to get the same features as PC users have, and the online version requires too much manual work to be viable for a large family tree.
"More important issues" in this case (over 2 years of no action) is like saying "Mac users go away".
Please note that we do understand your frustration and know that it would seem like the same message is being sent over and over again.
This is true however for the platforms to be supported this requires the development team to dedicate a lot of time towards getting this up and running and as I have previously mentioned this may take some time due to the fact that they are working on more pressing issues effecting current platforms.
As far as to estimate how long this would take, I wouldn't want to casue you and other users any further frustrations by giving a time line to this as it is out of my hands.
Again to reiterate, we do understand the frustration this may be causing and can only apologize for this not taking place.
I sent a message to technical support about this several days ago, but have not heard back from anybody.
A week or so after I upgraded to FTB 188.8.131.5221, the feature which allows you to enter a partial geographic name and click a search button to get a fuller place name stopped working. (See graphic below.) If I enter a geographic name which has previously been used on another record in the Project, I still get a green check mark stating it is OK. However, if I come across a new place name, enter data, and cliick the blue question mark... I get the error shown in the image below. ("Notice: No Internet Connection - place could not be found.")
This is, of course, absurd... because I know the Internet connection is working. I have umpteen windows open at all times. I've been able to work around the problem by using Google and Wikipedia searches, but that has sure slowed down my work flow.
Why is this happening?
Is anybody else experiencing this error?
What is the source of the data which is searched and retrieved when you click on the geographic name search button?
The documentation is remarkably silent about this feature. What I find odd is that the feature worked for nearly two weeks after the upgrade from FTB 6.x to FTB 7.x. I imagined, iniitally, there was a server down someplace, now I am wondering if there has been a DNS change in the server being referenced. Or, is this a configuration issue on the Windows computer I am using?
I am having the same issue running build 7121. This worked a day or two ago. I also tried uprading to build 7124 a few minutes ago, but still have same issue. I wonder if it is a server or network problem on their end?
Any idea when this issue will be addressed? Many people have this issue as I do. WIN8.1 Family Tree 2008, 2009 and 2010, tried everything I have found on the Net, including contacting Mcafee and Dell - my computer manufacturer and they had me do everything would allow any program through. This issue makes your software useless. If not resolved I will be returning product and letting everyone know that all the versions seem to not work on WIN 7 or 8 at all. PLEASE RESPOND TO EVERYONE REGARDING THIS PROBLEM. Thanks.
Any idea when this issue will be addressed? Many people have this issue as I do. WIN8.1 Family Tree 2008, tried everything I have found on the Net, including contacting Mcafee and they had me do everything would allow any program through. This issue makes your software useless. If not resolved I will be returning product and letting everyone know that all the versions seem to not work on WIN 7 or 8 at all. PLEASE RESPOND TO EVERYONE REGARDING THIS PROBLEM. Thanks.
The new update of Family Tree Builder should fix the problem.
Please send an email to email@example.com and please explain the issue you are experiencing more in detail, if the problem still exists after you installed the newest update of Family Tree Builder. Please also send us your registered email address so we can locate your account.
If this didn't fix the problem for you, I would need further information from you, which should not be communicated in the public forum, therefore please write an email to support and we will look into the issue more in detail.
Since you now have my tree. Look at the photo's folder. If you pull up Historical events album;
Soldiers in the Revolutionary War
You will see all the family members of the Revolutionary War. At this point I'd like to say that this post should go in the suggestions list, but it's here because you have my file and you can see what I am talking about without having to explain it again. In that events album you will also see other descriptors, like; Causes of death, Navigation Aides by Coat of arms, Immigration ect. & Etal. I'm certian most folks have not thought to break down their trees this way. In my case the tree is diverse and I need a way to get around.
And it works for me. However, Now from your programming side to make the site more attractive to families. Instead of the Events Tab which shows current events, timeline and timebook. How about the site manager gets to add to that tab events. King Phillips War, WWI, WWII whatever like documented immigration main tab, sub tabs, Mayflower, Mary & John, just like favorites work on a browser. Or one thats says War, with Sub tabs; King Phillips War, Queen Anns War, Battle of Hastings, Alows the Site Manager to provide content about the conflict,with links about the conflict and then assign family to the event.
What that would do is Bring Dead people back to life.
Think about it, they are dead and have records and a tombstone.
But when we site manages can put up a family historical tabs, create events, create sub events under that tab; Ie War and as described above conflicts over time WWI, WWII, assign ancestors to the event the ancestors then become not just records, papers and tombstones but part of our collective memory, our history. Yup my family was there they did that, my Great, Great Grandpa. It would encourage more participation. If you look at mine via the only way possible through the photo album people do not get it, or how it works. You need to do this more intuitively.
Another thing to do to encourage participation is default folders for pictures that the site manager can assign, and when they get there weekly update it shows the members which photo's or info is lacking as defined by the site manager from their personal profile or branch.
1) My Baby Picts.
2) My Mom & Dad
3) My Grand Parents.
4) My Graduation
5) My Wedding
6) My Kids
The weekly update can't just be about what one person did, finding out stuff out about old dead guys that nobody can relate too. You need to allow the site manage to add a message to that weekly update if they want. Mine said There are 41 new updates in 'Family Tree Web Site'.
View updates now
Have a great day!
That's fine if you want to figure it all out, but how about this; 200 year Old Family Mystry Solved! See this profile xxx blah, da, da, for the site manager to comment on just what them 41 new updates did to the tree.
BTW you are at 40%
You need to do this to get to 100%, pictures, dates, ect, etal.
That's it for now but if you really wanted to get folks to check out their history, we could have a We invite you to join us on December 18, 2013 for a free webinar - "Family History and the Holidays: How to get the family involved". The holidays are coming! Are you looking for ways to get your family more involved in your genealogy research?