I have been using the Family Tree Maker genealogy database program going all the way back to version 2.0 (!), which was still made for DOS at that time. I have updated it at various points, often when a friend bought an upgrade and gave me her old disks.
I was running what I believe was version 16 on my old, reliable, 15-year-old Dell Inspiron laptop. It still had Windows 95 installed and caused me no problems. Until the hard drive suddenly crashed, taking everything with it.
That happened three years ago. I first tried a local solution and actually paid money for an assessment by Geek Squad (never doing that again). I was told me they could probably recover my files, no guarantees, but guaranteed no recovery of programs.
Well, gee, thanks! The programs, Family Tree Maker in particular, were what I actually wanted to recover most. I no longer had my disks (lent them to a daughter-in-law, who lost them), so I couldn't reinstall if I got a new computer.
I eventually found a (real) data recovery company that was able to retrieve everything but one .dll file from the laptop. But I didn't have a computer to put the files on.
I then did get a new laptop, but it was running Windows 10. My old version of FTM wasn't going to work on it. Oops.
I just hate data migration problems.
Fast forward to this year. I was gifted a spiffy, brand-new version of Family Tree Maker (2019), PC and Mac combined. Okay, that'll work on both my PC and my Mac (yeah, I'm bilingual).
I installed the program and of course discovered that during the intervening several years, almost everything about the FTM interface has been changed.
Did I mention I also hate mandatory computer program upgrades?
I liked my old interface. It did just what I needed it to. It was clean and basic. I knew where everything was.
Well, it hasn't been quite like starting from scratch. I have been able to suss it out for the most part. But some of the changes are just driving me batty.
As an example, here is the display for a married couple:
I admit, it has been a few years since I have been able to use my previous version of FTM, but I vaguely recall that I was able to see the parents' surnames before. Even Reunion, which I'm not crazy about, shows that. But all I get in this display is given names. I have to click up to the older generation to see the surnames.
I am grateful that I was given a copy of FTM and now have it available, rather than being stuck using Reunion. But I wish I didn't have to relearn how to use it.
Maybe I'm just getting to be a crotchety old woman who doesn't like change.