Last night I listened in to a Webinar presentation by Ron Tanner, the Product Manager for FamilySearch.org's Family Tree program. I thought it was one of the best presentations on the program I have ever seen. It really looks like the issues with the program as being seriously addressed. During the course of the hour plus presentation, Ron mentioned several new features to Family Tree including several to come in the future. Many of the features discussed are adequately covered in a post by Steve Anderson on the FamilySearch Blog entitled, "Recent Updates to Family Tree—September, 2013." Some of them, however, I had not heard or seen mentioned previously. So here is a list, with discussion where appropriate, of the new and to come features:
Create an unconnected person
Here is a screen shot showing the link to create a person who is not presently connected to your own family tree:
The link is on a pull-down menu of the Person link on the main view page. But the way, one feature that wasn't mentioned shows up when you add a new person. There is another pull-down menu allowing you to choose a format for the name depending on the language (country of origin);
These are both significant additions to the program.
Printing Fan Chart
Ron talked about another addition which was the ability to print a fan chart. But that option must be in the future, although he had a demo of printing a fan chart. The commands don't show on my access to Family Tree.
When you add sources to Family Tree, you can now sort them by moving them up and down in the list. This can be done by clicking and dragging a source to the right place or by using some up-and-down arrows that now appear when you mouse over the source entries.
Sources out of images
This is an often mentioned upgrade to FamilySearch Family Tree; the ability to add images of sources and have them attached to a source citation. This is still a long anticipated addition to the program. My concern is that people will add images of sources that are easily obtainable online with a copy that is not of high enough quality to read.
Adding sources and notes from New Family Search
There were some valid sources added to New.FamilySearch.org. These will be moved over to Family Tree. Likewise, there are notes in New.FamilySearch.org that need to be moved over to Family Tree. Both of these will happen at some unspecified time in the future. The notes on Family Tree will hold from 6 to 15 pages of text.
Ending connection with New.FamilySearch.org
Ron indicated that all New.FamilySearch.org (NFS) users would be redirected to Family Tree by the end of the year. After which, NFS would become read only.
Adding stories to multiple people
Stories added to the Photos and Stories sections of the program will soon be able to be attached to multiple people in the database.
Edit and remove images
Users will be given the ability to edit and remove all images, even those they did not upload themselves. This will make the images consistent with the rest of the Family Tree interface and editable by all users.
There may have been some more that I missed since I can only write so fast. I will keep watching for any further changes not already noted.