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Legacy 9.0 is not exactly what its cracked up to be
20 July 2023
Reviewer: John M. from Sydney, Australia

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I was, for many years, a strong advocate for Ancestry's FTM, until I tried to install their v2012 on Windows 10. For whatever reason I encountered problem after problem, and on just about every occasion I sought help from the authors. Unfortunately they proved to be worse than useless when it came to providing an explanation and/or a workable solution to get me back on track, so I gave up on them and opted for Legacy v8.0.

Whilst I've found that v8.0 (much like v9.0 which I've since migrated to) has a very supportive and helpful service team backing it up, I wouldn't really say that the software itself is user-friendly. With all of it's features (and there are many) comes a fair amount of complexity ... not only with the mass of buttons and somewhat confusing (if not "conflicting") tabs, then certainly with the mass of icons across many of the front-end screens.

It took me quite a while to familiarise myself with the navigation aspects of the Legacy application, and although well into my fourth year of using Legacy, I still trip-up every now and then.

In summary: I'd recommend Legacy to anyone wanting accuracy on their database, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it based on its dated, complex and hard-to-navigate screen layouts. As a retired IT professional, I know that you CAN have state-of-the-art screen appearances without all the misleading buttons, labels and icons that go with it, nor its poor use of conflicting and confusing terminology.

In summary, I would not recommend Legacy Family Tree to a friend.

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