Documentation for FTree is still a little thinner than I'd like, but thats partly because no-one nags much. However the manual is improving and there is a quick reference man page with basic command line and config file information in it. There is a set of Release Notes for this version. There are also some FAQ below.
The current problems list gives information about some known issues with the current release.
FTree supports many gedcom tags, but not all of them. The current list of those supported can be found in the current supported tag list. For further information about GEDCOM see the GEDCOM section below.
Summary: I write and support FTree for entirely selfish reasons and then release it to the wider community because there are a few people out there who find it useful.. Simple really ;-)
You can download it and use it on as many PCs as you like without paying any money. I provide it in the hope that it will be useful to you and others. There are no 'trial' versions or lockouts built in, and it uses open, standard, human readable file formats so you won't even get your data locked away.
However thare are a few caveats, free is an often misunderstood word, and in reality nothing is ever totally free, so let me try to be clear what I mean.
I released FTree because I thought it might be useful. Provided you don't mis-represent its origins, or try to use it in any commercial way, I'm pleased for you to use it. See the Copyright statement. If you want to do something commercial - please contact me.
If you pass it on, you must not take any credit for it. I hold copyright and you must acknowledge that.
You are responsible for what you do with it. ie one of ways it is not "free" is that in using it is you accept that responsibility.
Specifically, FTree comes with no guarantees. Its a best effort tool. You should always keep your data backed up. Though I don't know of any cases where FTree has trashed anyones data, due to the huge diversity of systems it runs on and data sources people have, I can't guarantee that it wont loose things in your tree, or that a save won't fail or whatever. Again, you are responsible.
At the moment it is not "free" in the FSF sense - you can't get the source code or change it.
|Family Tree Maker for Windows||FTW 4.0, 6.0, 9.0|
|Family Origins(R) for Windows||FamilyOrigins 6.0|
|Personal Ancestral File||PAF 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199|
|Brothers Keeper||BROSKEEP 5.2 WINDOWS, 6.0 WINDOW|
|Family Tree for Java||FAMILY_TREE_FOR_JAVA 0.0.8|
|Visual Genealogie||VISUGENE 2000.02.28|
|Scion Genealogist||SCION_AMIGA 5.08|
I'm always happy to receive medium to large GEDCOM exports from other packages. They help my testing.
As always, I would really appreciate feedback on what system/config you have and whether FTree works OK or any major bugs you find. Please send reports/questions about ftree to me
The more people that give me feedback (just a quick email to say you loaded it and it works will do!) then the more likely I am to work harder at adding features, fixing problems and making releases..
The other benefit of telling me you are using it is I'll add you to my list of people I tell about new releases. Note: I will not release your email address to anyone else - period. I probably loath SPAM a lot more than you. FTree moves forward often when I get a specific request/idea and have a window of time to do some development. These are "development" builds and not posted on the web normally. If you want the bleeding edge version, let me know, but remember it is less well tested (though it is what I'm using).
There is still a lot of things that I would love to clean up and fix and there are bound to be some bugs in there somewhere.
The master copies used to be at at ftp://ftp.gedcom.org/pub/genealogy/gedcom" The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gedcom ftp site but this link seems to be broken now (Oct 2006)