I use roots magic. I have, ever since I owned a computer. They used to be called family origins. I knew nothing, when someone gave me a pamphlet on them, so I went out and bought it.
As I said, I didnt know any better..but as of today..I still find that the most easy to use. I have upgraded it twice. The version I have now, is probably 5 years old. It works on vista.
From time to time, I would search for something new. I have tried a couple of freebies and looked at screen shots of others. Most, seem complicated to use..and I dont like how the main pedigree chart looks in the program.
In roots magic..you have a very basic pedigree chart. You can change the background, but what you see is your root person to the left..along with 4 generations. At the end of the total 5 generations, you click an arrow to see 5 more.
It is very easy to switch from pedigree, to family group. You just highlight a person in the pedigree, click one button and you see their family group sheet.
It also has a lot of the features, other programs have..the relationship calculator, etc. I dont even use much of what is there.
Anyway, I dont know if there is something special in family tree maker, but if you are looking for something easy to use, check out roots magic. Even my kids can use it.
They have a 15 day trial offer here