On February 2nd, 2016 did send out the following statement stating at this time there are two immediately available replacement products from Software Mac Keiv for and Roots Magic for PC and Mac Today, we are pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.
Software Mac Kiev Software Mac Kiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions.
Mac Kiev's FAQ says: Q I already own FTM 2014 or FTM Mac 3. This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software Mac Kiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software Mac Kiev as they are released.
You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.
The blog post continues with an update on Ancestry's agreement with Roots Magic. ZNcl Kae And from the Roots Magic blog: Roots Magic and Ancestry: Working Together at Last posted They promise that Roots Magic will be able to sync with Ancestry online trees, search Ancestry, and import FTM files directly.
Family Tree Magazine's Diane Haddad posted on the Genealogy Insider blog: Family Tree Maker Returns PLUS Ancestry Partners With Roots Magic on Update: Here's how responded to my question about syncing: "Family Tree Maker will continue to have syncing capability with Ancestry trees, however this feature may evolve as Software Mac Kiev updates the software.
Tree Sync does NOT sync: I purchased FTM2014 after the announcement was made, in order to use Tree Sync.
I bought a copy of the Premium version, which came with a 6-month subscription.
In dropping Family Tree Maker, Ancestry has abandoned the vertical integration between the desktop software and the website.
This may put them at a competitive disadvantage against sites like My Heritage, which gives away its Family Tree Builder software for free.
Ancestry may open up their API as well, but we don't know how long that will take or how useful it will be once they have done it.