Love the mobile app for the iPadGreat App!
Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:40 PM
Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:10 AM
I am wondering if there will be an editable app sometime? Will there possibly be two apps, this viewer and an editable version which can sync back to my laptop? I would be very happy to pay for the latter.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:48 AM
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:23 AM
I run the not-free GedView mobile app instead of the free RootsMagic mobile app for the simple reason that GedView was available first, and inertia and laziness so far have prevented me from switching to the free RootsMagic mobile app. When I first purchased the GedView mobile app, it was not editable (or at least, I don't think it was).
We haven't decided on an editable version yet. It's very troublesome and expensive to create such a thing. If we did have one it wouldn't be free.
The current version of GedView is editable. But I have no intention using the GedView mobile app for editing, and I may well switch over to the free RootsMagic mobile app instead just for viewing a copy of my RootsMagic database on my mobile devices (iPad and iPhone). The reason for not using GedView for editing is that GedView uses GEDCOM import/export for synchronization. The GEDCOM import/export means that I have to import GEDCOM from GedView into RootsMagic and then do a merge in RootsMagic. But such a merge is a very manual, labor intensive, and burdensome process. That's because a RootsMagic merge only merges at the level of the individual, and does not merge at the level of the fact. So all fact merging is completely manual. What's really needed in this situation is that if I edit a person in my mobile app and import that person back into RootsMagic that RootsMagic do a total replacement of my person in Rootsmagic with the data from GedView. Obviously, I don't expect RootsMagic to support a competitor's product in this manner, or at least not exactly. But if RootsMagic were to develop an editable mobile app that required manual synchronization the same way GedView does, then I wouldn't use it. I would consider any time and resources that RootsMagic might someday choose to put into an editable mobile app to be a huge waste unless they were willing to deal with the merge issue headon.
By contrast, consider RootsMagic-to-Go. It's not a true mobile app, but it certainly supports mobile storage devices. Data is first synchronized from Rootsmagic to the mobile storage device by a total repacement operation, the data is edited on the mobile storage device, and then data is synchronized back to Rootsmagic from the mobile storage device by a total replacement operation. So I don't have to fight with a merge operation within RootsMagic in order to take advantage of RootsMagic-to-Go. A true mobile app with editing capability would need this same kind of freedom from the RootsMagic merge process.
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