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Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed

It's time to start unwrapping the newest edition of our Legacy Family Tree software - version 8 - but just a little at a time. This will be the first of many articles showing some of Legacy's coming features. I'll start with some of the smaller features and work my way up to revealing the really cool new stuff.

Today I'll begin by showing some of the main Legacy 8 screens, which have not changed a whole lot but when you see them, I am certain you will enjoy the refreshing look of the modern touches we have added.

Both the Family View and the Pedigree View have had a face-lift...



...but we are still trying to decide which color scheme to go with. Which do you like, the "Vintage" color scheme above or the "Blues" color scheme below? Click here to cast your vote.



New Ribbon

Did you notice the new Ribbon at the top? We "stole" it from our Legacy Charting software that you have enjoyed so much. Now it is easier to find the right tools for the job.


Having the new Ribbon also gives you a lot more room on the screen. Collapsing it (by double-clicking on it) hides the buttons...


...and really cleans up the interface.

Did you also notice the new "4" and "5" buttons in the upper left of the Pedigree View. Now it is easier to change between displaying 4 or 5 generations at a time.


That is certainly not everything new in these views. Those with really good eyes probably noticed the __________, the new __________, the new __________, and the new __________. I'll write about them in the articles to come. What else did you notice?

So there you have it - some of the smaller of the new Legacy 8 features revealed. But to me, it's always been the small things in Legacy that have made me so happy.

When will Legacy 8 be released?

Since I've now opened the can of worms, I'll answer the most-anticipated question first. There's more than one truthful answer to this:

  • I'm not really sure, but probably before the end of the year, and hopefully way before then
  • When it has been thoroughly tested by our development team and beta testers

But if you are considering downloading either the free or deluxe editions of Legacy, don't wait! Any purchases of Legacy 7.5 from May 8, 2013 forward will receive the new Legacy 8 at no charge. And as always, anyone who has purchased Legacy Deluxe previously will qualify for special discounted upgrade pricing. Get started today - you won't have to relearn everything when Legacy 8 is ready, but you'll get some really nice new features when it is.


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Pat - Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Actually, "upgrades" have never been free but we do release minor "updates" which have always been free. Major upgrades include going from a numbered version (like version 7) to a new numbered version (like version 8). Version 8 won't require anyone to relearn it, rather there will be new features that you may take advantage of if you would like.

I agree with Bill309 an Avon Schwab when i got legacy 7.5 it read all updates were free. And if legacy going to do Geni did there life members when they merge with my Heritage then i think i will stop useing legacy also.

Leila, in your response to Diane regarding the lines, there are no lines in either the blue or the vintage Family views. The children have separated blue blocks, but there are no lines. The lines do very much improve readability. That's why many tab settings allow dotted or other type lines between tabs. Especially when you have poor vision, lines are INVALUABLE.

I personally like the blue colored back ground. I did like the suggestion let each person enjoying genealogy as much as I do, pick the color that they prefer. Everyone's eyes see different shades, example: color blind people.
Nancy Liddell

I sincerely hope that we will continue to have CHOICES of how our screen looks. I love to fiddle with the background behind the boxes and change colors frequently. PLEASE don't make our choices for us. DON'T like the vintage view at all. Sometimes change isn't always good.
Maybe I just won't upgrade.

I'm sure you have reasons for making a major upgrade but frankly I see nothing wrong with the programme as it is.

I like the Blue Background the best.

Updates have been free but major upgraded version numbers have been charged, but it's well worth it. I switched from Family treemaker years ago because every six months you had to buy an update.

With new FamilySearch going away at the end of June 2013 - will the new Legacy v8 be FamilySearch certified?

I voted for blue, because I prefer lines defined, but would like the background lighter than that shown. Actually the vintage coloring would be great IF it had defined lines.

I'm in the same camp as Anna Franklin, will you still be able to customise colours and will the program interface with Pocket Genealogist still exist?

Peter - yes, colors will still be customizable. Although I haven't thought of the Pocket Genealogist compatibility, I'm certain they would be working on it to keep it updated.

I voted for the Vintage design. I've got "vintage" eyes and this design is much easier on them.

John - yes, Legacy 8 will be FamilySearch FamilyTree certified.

I figured a new version was about to appear, as the smaller upgrades seemed to have stopped! And I have enjoyed my DeLuxe Version 7 so much over the past several years, that I don't mind paying (a reasonable amount!!!) for the new V.8. You deserve it, because I know it will be worth what you ask me to pay!

Based on what I see, I think I like the blue background better. But would really like to have the background color as a user selectable option. Also don't see how the Ancestor Colors look against the suggested backgrounds. I would also like to see an expansion of the Ancestor Color concept. I'd like to be able to apply more than one set of Ancestor Colors, e.g. be able to select and apply a different set of colors for my wife's ancestors, another set for my second wife's ancestors, and possibly others. I would also really like to have many more tags. Thanks.

I vote for blue but like others would really like options to change color swchemes and have lines or no lines. At 71 it is easier toread with lines separating the data. Love using Legacy - it is very intuitive.

I like the Vintage, but why not have both as an option. It really should be a property on the screen class so giving an option shouldn't be a major developmental issue.

Interesting conversations. I have never seen where users expected to receive new versions of a software product for free. Upgrades to a given version are often free but not completely new versions. That universal among software products. Maybe they just don't know the difference.

Richard - both the vintage, blue, and many other color schemes will be available, plus you can add design and add your own.

Kurt - keep watching this blog, you'll be excited to see what we have for both the expanded color coding and the tags.

Vintage with the option to customize.
Will the new version be able to sync to Familytree?

Don, yes, Legacy 8 will optionally have FamilySearch FamilyTree integration.

Yes, I like the blues, but think perhaps older eyes MIGHT find the non-color option easier. I do like the ribbon bit. The sort of shadowed parts (unless it is these older eyes making it look shadowy!) are kind of nice, too.

Will Legacy 8 still work on a Windows XP?

Diane - yes, you'll be able to change the colors. In fact, you will have A LOT more customization abilities with the colors if you want them.

Patricia - yes, it will still work on XP...

I like the "upgraded" look of BLUE, but maybe it should be lighter blue to highten contrast. Also, I've long wished that the screens -- especially the main screen -- have a more "polished--professional" look like some other genealogy programs. It's a great program; like it a lot, and Geoff is incrediby engaged with his "constitutency."

Robert - tagging is still available, although I had it turned off for these screenshots.

Nancyanne - the 1/2 symbol in front of a child indicates that they are shown as being a 1/2 sibling. To turn this on, right-click on a child, select View, and select "Show 1/2 kids"

Bob - there have been some great sorting additions. Watch for a future article on this.

I have a few suggestions:
1) An auto sort of the children by birth date similar to auto sort events by date. How many clicks should it take to sort the children's list?
2) Options to show all 9 tabs (if desired) rather than the current limit of 3 (or at least more than 3)
3) In Pedigree view, option to show relationship for all people shown who have a relationship. Useful when displaying a second cousin to see which of their Ancestors is also your ancestor.
4) Return the option to search the IGI, unless that ship has sailed never to return
5) Improve the Search Internet function to push more data into the search function. Even though a birth date is shown on the window where you select the database to search, the birth date is not used in the (for Instance) Ancestry search.
6) I may be mistaken, but an option to shrink the font size on the Index panel to allow more data to be shown for each person. What would be outstanding would be to reduce the font on certain columns, such as Tabs 1-9 since they show only X or blank and we are not trying to read the data.
7) An option to sort pictures by either date entered for the picture or picture file name yet optionally ignore the first picture.
8) Move what I call the error reports (People with Multiple Spouses, etc) to a much more logical location. Took me 3 years to use help to find them.

I'll think about a few more

ps: No it does not stink to pay a small fee to get some significant enhancements. imho

Dave Zenger - great ideas. We've done a lot of them....

I love the 'Blues' because I like to have colour around. The 'Vintage' one looks too bleached and drained. I will be collapsing the Ribbon straight away, as it looks as though there is much too much to cope with - all those buttons and icons just make it look fussy. LOVE the program (and I understand about charging when you upgrade to a new version and not charging when it is just an upgrade *within* a version). The only thing I would say is that it seems to have lost its 3D look and become flat and somewhat boring. Is there an option where we can make it more 3D and have lines separating the children? Please?

Ros - yes, the 3D option can still be turned on. Mine was turned off for the screenshot.

Vintage please for these old eyes. I am 89 and have used Legacy for 14 years.

I'm hoping that making files will be a little simpler (for us who need the "do this, see this" then do that (see that)....I've made a file or 2 but it was by guess and by golly, and where did that file go and how do I save it when I want it on a disk, etc. Likewise the same comment for deciding how and when to enter and use sources.
Love the vintage....and will gladly pay for a new edition as even though I currently have the deluxe; I know updating is an expensive process to the company. I do appreciate the "small" updates.
When I print out a family group...that's what I get. In order to get notes onto the page--the notes have to be on the note page (even tho the info is in the events, another duplication) I would like the option to edit what events (and/or notes) show up if the chronology box is checked... One family group gets the regular individual info, and the chronology is duplicated for husband and wife if I've entered census information as events for each individual....which results in a waste of ink, paper, and adds to my frustration level. Maybe it would be different if I tried the "publish book" form, but haven't tried that yet.

Definitely easier for us oldies to see the 'Vintage' screens .. but for the others who like the blues .. have a choice :)

I'm sorry but I think you are splitting hairs between "Update" and "Upgrade".
Everytime you make a change in the existing program whether it be a 7.05 or 8.0 you just upgraded the program. Then to tell the users who have been using your for several years that we, if we want the new and improved program 8.0, are going to have to buy it supposedly at a discount.
I agree with several others who have posted their displeasure about being charged for the "New Improved Version 8" even if it is discounted.
I am going to delete the program off of my system. All these 7. whatevers have been an upgrades to the original program. Now all of the sudden it becomes a new program by calling it version 8. sorry I don't buy it.
Jim Coble

Another vote for the vintage appearance. Can't wait for it all to happen!

I like the vintage view

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