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FTM-UGE (Universal Genealogy Environment
Posted by: Ron Chenier Date: April 01, 2000 at 06:08:18
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WOW!!!!!

Upgrade mania again!

C.I.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FAMILY TREE MAKER WINS AGAIN WITH POPULAR NEW
FEATURES

Genealogy.com Broadens Product Appeal
Through Seamless Genealogy Environment

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA -- Genealogy.com, LLC today
announced the introduction of
Family Tree Maker, Universal Edition, the latest
version of its award-winning genealogy software.
Available soon through retail and direct marketing
outlets, Family Tree Maker, Universal Edition offers
significant advantages over all other genealogy
software. With its revolutionary Universal Genealogy
Environment, FTM-UGE now makes genealogy enthusiasts'
family tree research spectacularly easy.

"We are in the business of helping people piece
together their family histories efficiently and
economically," said Genealogy.com Chief Executive
Officer, Rob Armstrong. "The Universal Genealogy
Environment offers a seamless experience to people of
all skill levels and preferences. We're so proud of
FTM-UGE, we think our customers will never have to buy
anyone else's genealogy products ever again."

Solving the Data Sharing Conundrum

Customer acceptance of Family Tree Maker has brought
about a huge increase in contacts between distant
relations. With this contact comes an unexpected
problem: genealogy files from other software are
sometimes difficult to share with Family Tree Maker.
Other software vendors have tried improving data
sharing through the GEDCOM file standard, and even by
interpreting proprietary file formats directly, with
disappointing results. FTM-UGE breaks the data logjam
by incorporating many user environments into itself.

No longer is it necessary to buy competing brands of
genealogy software; Family Tree Maker emulates the
user interface of all popular brands, down to the last
mouse-click! Instead of bringing the data to Family
Tree Maker, FTM-UGE brings the environment to the
user.

FTM-UGE's Many Faces

Family Tree Maker can now be configured to look and
act exactly like many popular products. The only clue
that something special is happening is one added menu
item, "Environs." FTM-UGE flawlessly resembles popular
genealogy titles, from the simplicity of Personal
Ancestral File to the complex analytical capabilities
of The Master Genealogist.* Emulations in the
Universal Edition include Family Origins, Ultimate
Family Tree, Generations, The Master Genealogist,
Legacy, Ancestral Quest and Family Matters. We've even
included the French program Foret des Ancetres and the
popular German title Familienstammbaum, with
appropriate English translations, of course.

Like a different platform? FTM-UGE captures the look
and feel of Reunion (Macintosh), Personal Ancestral
File for MS-DOS, even PalmTree for the Palm Pilot
family. Genealogy.com, LLC makes it easy to switch
from niche computers to standard Microsoft Windows
systems.

Internet, We've Got Internet

Internet enthusiasts receive their full share of new,
exciting features. Family Tree Maker, Universal
Edition comes with its own World Wide Web browser
capable of emulating the two most popular products on
the market, Netscape Communicator and Internet
Explorer. Gone are the days of configuring separate
genealogy and Internet programs. With FTM-UGE, the
Internet is just another selection on the Environs
menu. Users of familytreemaker.com and other
Genealogy.com, LLC web sites will notice a significant
speedup when accessing these sites, thanks to
proprietary Family Internet Connection technology.

For customers who want a faster way to transfer
genealogy information from web pages to their family
trees, FTM-UGE offers automatic interpreters for many
common web page formats. Personal Genealogical Spiders
let users download and analyze whole sites with just a
few convenient mouse clicks. Following the success of
the Internet Family Finder, FTM-UGE now offers the
Personal Family Finder, which indexes all the
genealogy files on the customer's hard drive for easy
searching.

Family Tree Sharing Now Easier Than Ever

Genealogy.com, LLC hasn't forgotten the genealogy
enthusiast's goal of sharing his or her results with
distant relatives. Now Family Tree Maker users can
send information via the Internet with fewer barriers
than ever. Customers who keep family tree pages at
familytreemaker.com can now update them automatically
every month, every week, and even every day! Automatic
"set and forget" scheduling piggybacks uploads onto
ordinary online sessions. FTM-UGE can even be set to
go online when the user leaves his computer idle,
making the family page update process completely
painless.

All these features update World Family Tree
submissions automatically, too. For the price of a
single minute to set preferences, customers can see
revised versions of their data appear on new World
Family Tree CDs every four to six months. Now the
unfolding story of family tree research can be shared
with friends and relatives with or without an online
connection.

Quality with Security Assured

Genealogy.com, LLC is proud to introduce these many
new features in Family Tree Maker, Universal Edition
in response to strong customer interest. But in making
Internet connectivity so much easier, we haven't
forgotten customers' concerns about privacy and
security.** All new features have been thoroughly
tested by our award-winning software development team.
Customers have come to expect a consistent high level
of quality. Family Tree Maker, Universal Edition
upholds this fine tradition.

The Company Behind the Software

Family Tree Maker, Universal Edition manifests the new
vigor of Genealogy.com, LLC. Since its launch in
November 1999, Genealogy.com, LLC has brought together
the decade-long expertise of Banner Blue Software with
the competive funding of major media corporations. Our
goal, with results already evident, is world-class
domination of the genealogy technology market space.

# # #

* Only those data types accepted by Family Tree Maker
are actually saved between user sessions.

** Configuration of Family Tree Maker for automatic
Internet uploads constitutes acceptance of
Genealogy.com, LLC terms of publication as set forth
in the Individual User License for this product.

Legal Notice: Some Features of the Software are
offered by Genealogy.com, LLC pending competitive
review by the U.S. Department of Justice.

# # #

For More Information Contact:

April Flambineau-Stokkinen
Genealogy.com
510-494-2757
april_flamb@genealogy.com

Maxine Sellars
Bruck, Bridge and Pont, Publicists
510-794-6850

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