I am trying to decide whether to go with Rootsmagic or Legacy Family Tree as I am one of the many who were using FTM and have to find another solution.
The main factors in deciding for me will probably be related to the reports and book publishing options. I've downloaded the free Rootsmagic but much of this is disabled. I've watched some videos but still lack answers to some of my concerns.
1. Is there anything comparable to FTM's smart stories in RM?
2. In the text report can I insert pictures? If not is there a report where I can basically type a few paragraphs of information with at least some basic formatting options (font, font size, center or left alignment) and also add a few photos that I can size/resize as I want.
3. Can I make a report, save it, and then add it to a book? (FTM does not doe this) I would like to be able to take the saved report make a few changes to it and save it as another report, thus creating two reports.
I have two books that I created in FTM. I spent a lot of time on these creating many pages that have historical information and photos - such as specific battles in the Civil War or American Revolution, historic buildings or events and brief history of them along with them. I am very unhappy to have to start over at all with these but I want to make sure I get a program that will do what I want.
A few years ago I was using Legacy 7 and it would not let me make a text report and put photos or even change the font. Seems kind of basic to me. The genealogy reports and charts are fine (probably ok in RM, too) but I need to be able to make pages as I previously disussed. I dont' really want to make them in another program and insert them later as this is fiddly and more steps. I need to be able to export the entire thing as a pdf, indexed with page numbers.
Just a quick perusal of RM looks good but I really need to be able to do #2 at bare minimum, #1 and #3 are not necessary but would be helpful.