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Re: The Master Genealogist
Posted by: Teresa Elliott (ID *****6466) Date: November 06, 2006 at 17:04:55
In Reply to: The Master Genealogist by Steve C. Roberts of 11492

I changed over when Bob first offered the UFT offer to go to TMG at a reduced rate, and never looked back. I loved UFT and there were a few reports that I can 't do in TMG, but I don't miss them.

If you are familiar with UFT, you won't have any problem learning TMG. I have been using it since 4.0 and I assure you that you won't lose any data. TMG to me is faster in the way you source information that UFT was.

THe other up side is TMG is still being supported and developed. As a user, I have no idea when or if version 7.0 will be released, but 6.12 is very stable and will have enough new features for you to learn that you will be happy with it. Many users state the TMG-L list on rootsweb is the reason they use TMG. There are always power users ready to answer your questions, often immediately. And occationally a problem will result in Bob Velke calling you himself, on his dime, to discuss the problem you are having. I can assure you that you won't get that from the owners of UFT. ;)

You will find the user group on TMG-L as knowledgable and friendly as the UFT list was when UFT was in it's heyday. In fact you will find many names that you recognize from the UFT days as there are a lot of us former UFT users there. We lovingly call ourselves UFT refugees. LOL
One thing you might also want to look at is Second Site, an add on program created by TMG user John Cardinal. It will take your TMG data, read it in directly and create HTML files. You can then upload those to your website, or create a CD to send to a cousin. Many of the TMG users use SS as we call it to create reports for doing editing as the narrative reports are so easy to follow and you can do a whole family at a time.
John Cardinal also has created a program he calls TMGUtility that will help you to clean up any data that doesn't come over as you would like. For me, it was inconsistencies in data entry and typos.

You can download the free trial and try it for 30 days and see how you like it. IF you like it, then all you have to do is purchase it, and continue using the trial version that will now be your registered version without losing any of the data entry that you do during the trial period.

Bob just stated that though WinVista won't be released until next year, there are already users using TMG 6.12 with the beta version. To me that states that Whollygenes is looking to the future of the program and that for me would be enough to transfer my data if I were still researching and looking to someday publishing.

As for me, I am not an employee of whollygenes, and I have only met Bob Velke once, though he's helped me over the phone several times. I am just a former UFT user that is satisfied with the product I have and thrilled that the user community and the owners of the company are still supporting the product and looking towards it's future.


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