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Family Book Creator and FTM 2017

This article is for Family Tree Maker users who have already purchased Family Book Creator and are looking for troubleshooting information.


Q: What is the latest version of Family Book Creator?

A: The latest version of Family Book Creator for Windows is Build 483, released on May 25.  Build 483 is a free maintenance update for existing users. There are multiple improvements and fixes in this release. The most notable are:

  • All predefined and custom FTM fact and event types are now supported
  • It is now possible to present data in a table or list style format
  • You may generate sentences based on FTM sentence templates
  • FTM Fact Notes may be used for enhanced storytelling
  • The page layout has been improved

The full list of changes is available at this link.

The installation packages can be used for the first-time installation or to update an existing Family Book Creator installation. You may download the latest version of the installer package and updated FBC User Guide at this link.


Q: How do I install and activate Family Book Creator?

A: Sign up for the Family Book Creator newsletter through this page and you will receive a link to the download area by email.  If you have already signed up for the newsletter, click here.

Once you download and run the installer, open FTM 2017, then go to the Tools menu, through Plugins to Export With Plugin, and click on Family Book Creator.

You will be prompted to enter the Name, Place, Email and Serial Number from the order confirmation email you received when you originally purchased the software.


Q: I’ve been using Family Book Creator in FTM 2014.1, do I need to buy it again to use it in FTM 2017?

A: Good news!  The serial number you received with your license for Family Book Creator works for FTM 2017 as well.  Simply download and install the latest version of Family Book Creator and it will be available in FTM 2017. 


Q: Where can I go for more information?

A: There is a Quick Start Guide that takes you step-by-step through creating a family book available at this link.  As well, there is a list of Frequently Asked Questions found by clicking here.

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