Customer Story – Family Tree Maker

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Family Tree Maker on MacMeet Charlie. Charlie is 71 years young and enjoying retirement by working extensively on the genealogy of his family and related families as well as the local histories of the areas they settled. His mother and father started the project using old letters and scraps of paper from their past, writing everything down on notebook paper. Then, with his assistance, they eventually moved all their family research onto a Dell computer using software called Family Tree Maker for Windows.

Now, to say that Charlie is a Mac loyalist would be an understatement. His love affair with Mac started with an Apple II and strengthened through the years as he upgraded to an Apple II+, an Apple II GS, a Performa, etc. After his parents passed, Charlie inherited the family geneology projectbut faced a dilemma.  He had to figure out a way to conserve the precious data his parents so painstakingly gathered by hand and transferred to a Windows-only program…on his beloved Apple OS. Enter Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac. Armed with a new MacPro, Windows, and Parallels Desktop, he was able to save the invaluable family history and trash the old PC. Now, almost 10 years later, he’s still a happy customer!

“Windows 10 and Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac have been very stable working together. It seems to handle just about any device I want to use under Windows: my scanner, my printer, DVD drives, card reader, external speakers, router, and cable modem as well as my wireless keyboard and mouse.” Charlie likes that he doesn’t have to think about Parallels Desktop other than to start it up, start Windows, and let it do its thing. “I rarely even think about it,” he says. “It’s just here in the background working away.”

Family Tree Maker

Charlie uses Microsoft Office, Family Tree Maker 2012, and various browsers as well as Photoshop and Acrobat in Windows, even though he owns Mac versions of most of those programs. He finds, especially with the Windows version of Family Tree Maker, that much of the Windows-based software works better and faster than the Mac versionso he prefers to run Windows software on Mac hardware.

“Parallels Desktop actually saved all the work that had been done on my family history, as I likely would not have pursued it had I not been able to convert and use the data that had been done on Windows to a Mac. So, thanks!”

We think it’s great that Charlie has been using our software for 10 years and is now able to carry on the family history, so thank YOU, Charliehere’s to 10 more!

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Apart from working as Parallels' Social Media & Community Manager, Megan Spurr spends the rest of her waking moments reading up on, playing, and arguing about video and table top games. She is best known for deep conversations on impostor syndrome in hobbies, a deep-seated fear of zombies, and a love of RPG's rivaled only for her affection for Batman.