When my disk crashed recently, I was faced with installing my family Tree Legends program on a new computer. Here's the problem:
When I reached the step where GenCircles.com is supposed to verify my registration of Family Tree Legends, it turns out the web site is shut down. Also, FamilyTreeLegends.com seems to be shut down. Also, the Pearl Street software web site seems to be shut down.
How can I extract a GENCOM file (very extensive family tree) to import to my new Family Tree Builder if I can't get my family Tree Legends going again, and if I can't retrieve it from Gencircles.com?
There's no way I can proceed with using Family Tree Builder if I cannot import my old, extensive file!
Switching from FTL to Family Tree Builder is recommended, because FTL is discontinued (no new versions will come out) whereas Family Tree Builder is actively supported and improved on a daily basis by a large group of engineers and support staff.
On the MyHeritage site, visitors can see your tree anonymously but without sensitive info on living people. If you want family members to see the whole tree, invite them first. They won't have to register, a password will be emailed to them with a direct link to view the tree. Moreover, you can make the site a collaborative meeting place for your family and have fun with everyone keeping in touch.
I realize I'm resurrecting a rather old thread, but I can speak from VERY recent experience, it is still an important topic.
I suffered a partial hard drive failure which left me having to buy a new computer. Fortunately the vast majority of my data was intact, unfortunately one of the sectors which got corrupted was one where my Family Tree Legends software was stored. It is completely unusable, although my FTL files (and fortunately a 3-month old back up disk, just in case) are intact.
This left me also wondering if the newer Family Tree Builder software would be able to directly import my old FTL files. This led me to these forums and a search provided the answer. However, I had also spent a very frustrating time searching the information on the new Family Tree Builder software trying to find just that answer. If I may make the suggestion (assuming this isn't such an old thread that nobody will see it ) please put some information about this with the "learn more" section. It would be very helpful for those of us who are coming in late to the upgrade.
Family Tree Builder in all its versions issued in the past few years, including the very recently released v5.0, CAN load FTL files directly.
I'm sorry that you didn't find information about this easily.
I see that in the user interface of Family Tree Builder, this isn't intuitive, indeed.
You need to pick Import GEDCOM from the File menu in Family Tree Builder. Then a wizard guides you through importing a GEDCOM file, or a Family Tree Legends .FTL file. In addition, we used to have a pop-up that came up if Family Tree Builder noticed that Family Tree Legends was installed, mentioning to the user that loading the FTL files was supported and recommended: I'm not sure if that pop-up still exists.
Please follow the instructions above to load your old FTL files into Family Tree Builder. I recommend that you then use the publishing option in order to create an online backup of your data, this way any future failures to your computer will not endanger your valuable data.
Thanks Gilad! I did download Builder and we are now trying it out. Importing our old files was a piece of cake ... once I knew where to look. As for the pop-up notice, it wouldn't have come up for me anyway since that program was on my old (crashed) hard drive and wouldn't have been seen by FTB. The good news (for anyone else coming along and reading this later) is that my old Family Tree Legends (*.ftl) files imported beautifully along with all my notes and facts. The only thing that didn't import were links to pictures and other documents, but they referenced files on my old hard drive and so the links were no good. I don't know if those would import if it had been a regular upgrade.
Now it's just a matter of learning the new interface. Things are definitely different in Family Tree Builder, but it looks pretty easy to use.