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I have sent these to the myheritage.com team, however, I felt that sharing these publicly for everyone's feedback would be helpful.

 

here are some ideas, suggests, feature requests I have been thinking about in some order of priority

  1. i believe that a two-way sync at this point is extremely imporant to adopt into FTB. It has been "coming soon" for qutie some time. but a comprehensive facility to sync all info, photos, etc btween the website adn the software would be a great help.
  2. though my family (and a couple of others i know) uses the website, it is merely used from time to time to take a look at the tree. other than that they use social media platforms as myspace, and hi5, and facebook etc for everyday communication. i think if myheritage.com coordinates with meebo.com and inserts a widget such that whenever someoen logs on to their myheritage page, the widget gets activated with their info that they would have to put in once, and then they would be connected to all their chat services.
  3. myheritage.com needs to become ipod touch/iphone/blackberry friendly. mobile browsing is becomign the thing to do, more and more websites are optimized for mobile use. it is only intuitive that m.myheritage.com is launched soon :)
  4. in the features such as celebrity look alikes, look alike meter etc... there should be an option to pick a picture from the uploaded ones, rather than uploading new pictures.
as you and your team must know, web based, and desktop based software development is moving towards constant feedback from users to a relatively opensource sort of environment. frequent beta-release updates to the software is better than an annual major update. this way, users can inform of bugs, and test of features, and let you know which features can be tweaked, and how, and which are not used. being able to log in using openID, google ID, or facebook connect platform would make it EVEN easier for people to log on. and they will be able to use google docs, etc, services to post links, documents, pictures etc. these are just some ideas ive been thinking about. will write about more as they come. i think releasing beta candidates to the public can be extrememly useful in rectifying bugs. to me, these seem to be the order of the day. however, i am sure the wonderful development team has a plan :) its good to be in touch with users through the blog as well. hope this will be helpful in making myheritage.com and FTB ... EVEN better. :)

 

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Malcolm Brunsdon
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I would certainly like to see a mobile application for use on my iPod touch. I'm sure it can't take much to delevop such an application
Malcolm Brunsdon
United Kingdom
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Noam
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We are now working on such an application.

I am sure you will enjoy it when it is released.

 

Thank you for your feedback!

 

Regards,

Noam \ MyHeritage Team 

Noam
Israel
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Noam
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Thank you for these thoughts and suggestions. 

All of your points are wise, but not everything can be implemented at once.

I will leave it to our Development Team to decide our priorities, but I will forward them your insights.

Any more ideas will be welcome. 

Regards,

Noam \ MyHeritage

Noam
Israel
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Mike Shaw
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Please tell them for me that the first two points of the poster should be your TOP priority.  Otherwise you will remain the least useful genealogy site to which I subscribe.

I post my data here and other family members post corrections and additions.  Then I can neither access that data nor download it (I'm told by other members -- but not staff -- that is true UNLESS I built my database using their products.)

I paid five years in advance because I bought the advertising hype.  All I can say is, "This buyer should have bewared."

My future spending will be on sites that offer two-way sync.

 

Mike Shaw
Lake Texoma
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Noam
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What do you mean by not being able to access the changes made on your site?

 

Noam \ MyHeritage

Noam
Israel
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Mike Shaw
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I invite relatives to post corrections/additions.  I get a notice they have done so but I cannot do anything but view the changes/additions.  If I "print" I get a message saying it is generating a message and to watch for it in my inbox -- I never see it.  If I download my GEDCom, the changes/additions are not in it (I get the GEDCom I originally uploaded.)  If I use Family Tree Builder to access my on-line data I see only the GEDCom I originally uploaded.

The only way I have been able to "download" the information is to copy it by hand and then enter it into my own database -- a not very useful method.

 

Mike Shaw
Lake Texoma
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Noam
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If you Export the GEDCOM instead of Downloading it,

You will get the updated file, including all the changes made on the site. 

 

Noam \ MyHeritage

Noam
Israel
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Lars Brink Christensen
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I agree with the first poster about the 2 way sync being crucial for the contintued success of extending the useage of both the web and the FTB software!

Please corect me if I'm wrong in the way to work at the moment: 1) I make my tree with the FTB software 2) I export the GETCOM to an online editable version 3) I let my invitees correct that version online and in the mean time I cannot change in the FTB software(?) 4) I then export the online version again as GETCOM and import into the FTB software for further update.

 

Lars Brink Christensen
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That is correct. 
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Lars Brink Christensen
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Thanks Noam!

Will that work 100%?

Right now I have some problems just viewing stuff from TFB on the web. I will  post these problems in the apropriate forum for feedback.

Lars Brink Christensen
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Noam
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Keep in mind that a GEDCOM file will not include the photos, only the data.

So you will need to tag the photos again.

 

Noam.  

Noam
Israel
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Lars Brink Christensen
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That is true.

I will wait around for the dual sync. that I read somewhere was on the way!

Lars Brink Christensen
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Noam
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That is correct.

The next version of FTB will include a two way synchronization mechanism. 

Noam. 

Noam
Israel
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