Honestly, at the moment, I'm ready to chuck RM out the door completely and back track to my previous program...FTM2005 or start my shopping over again.
I have had concerns about the Black Hole Tracking System for a while...specifically after I managed to run into an issue in RM5 that had been reported in RM4 and apparently is still not fixed in RM6.
On top of that, when RM6 was announced, I checked in and it appears that much needed changes to managing Places has still not occurred.
I'm hardly a power user...only been here 9 months...have less than 20 posts...still learning the program and Alansogd...while your post about adding features to sell to more people is well taken...however...I want a program that works...works the way it is supposed to...and fixes bugs. I want a program that works.
I dont use nine tenths of the RM facilities...and from my reading of the Forum entries from other "Power Users" they are to a degree a bit like me; ie they have specific areas of interest and just want to see these work as originally promised, or work a bit better.
I dont think you need to be a Power User to say - "could this application remember the size and position of where I left this dialog so that next time I use it it will be in the same place on the screen and the same size". This is a basic, essential windows programming requirement.
Nor do you have to be a power user to say "I want to select and link more than one piece of multimedia at the same time", like I can do in every other windows program I run from a thousand other software vendors.
And if someone says to me "dont worry I have a better idea than an event copy and paste function called Shared Events" then I think it is reasonable that the new feature should do what a copy and paste function would have achieved OR carry a big warning notice telling me it is only a part solution so I could decide whether to use it or not.
Further, in one of my very first posts every on this board I deplored of the data entry system as compared to an *old* program like FTM2005. The excessive clickiness of RM does not make for happy or easy data entry. I switched to RM5 anyway because of some of the other features. But the pain of data entry still exists:
Genealogy becomes a time-consuming data-entry project. The focus should be on making things more efficient, not adding new features. Wake me up when all the fixes and real requests we've made over the years have been satisfied, instead of adding Internet publishing.
Finally...Mike M has a very valid point:
In 2012, companies that strive to make constant improvements and involve their users tend to succeed, and those that don’t tend not to.
I want RootsMagic to pull ahead and to succeed, and I don’t want to see users get frustrated. Especially me.
Honestly, if I came to the forums right now to research my potential purchase I would likely not buy. I would stay far, far away.
I'm certainly decided against paying the $20 for RM6.
P.S. And personally, I agree with Ludlow Bay's response to Renee's post. I found that more than a bit insulting.