Just a thread that may help FTM 'Refugees' moving to RM7...
Compact your FTM file and let it create a backup. This will clean up your file to make sure there is nothing wrong with the file structure itself.
Importing FTM 2008+ into RM7:
Follow the video on the RM web site. Works very well. You might still have a bit of cleanup to do though.
FTM2008+ typically copied all your media/images to a single location. If you want to store your images and RM7 file in a different location you should copy the FTM media folder for your tree to the new location. Then you'll have to edit the GEDCOM in notepad and global replace the old path to the FTM media to the new RM7 path with your media. Unfortunately, RM will not assign the default media item so if you had default pictures for people in FTM these do not get automatically carried over to RM7. Legacy8 does get them correct however, if you go that route.
After editing the gedcom then import into RM7.
Also be aware that RM7 links to images in their current location and does not copy them to a media folder like FTM did. You will have to copy them manually to a location you if you still want that behavior.
Make sure the # of persons match between programs. RM7 shows this under File/Properties. FTM2008+ has this on the Plan View then the More button next to 'About This Family Tree'.
Also keep an eye on the # of Sources. This should match, if not, you may have some citations without a source title in FTM. In FTM these can be found in the Sources View, List by Source Title and then scroll all the way to the bottom and find '[Unlinked]'. FTM does not seem to count these in their stats on the Plan View. RM imports them with the citation as the Master Source title. Looked a bit odd to have more sources in RM7 than I started with in FTM. :-) You may want to clean these up in FTM and then export/import again.
The rest of the fields are (for me anyway) dramatically different. RM7 reports 32797 citations whereas FTM reports 3691. Not sure what's up with that yet. Maybe a difference in the way RM handles citations, maybe a bug in the RM display. My guess is that FTM linked (not copied) citations are exported as copies to gedcom which explains the massive increase, because for my 10000+ person file, 3700 citations sounds really, really low.
Other fun facts:
I've found that importing the FTM gedcom into other programs like Legacy8 can show possible errors in your current file. Legacy doesn't seem to handle same-sex marriages very well so it warns you when you have a 'husband' with a gender set to 'female'. I found a few things like that helpful. It picked up a few cases where I had set some incorrect values. RM7 doesn't do any kind of import checking of this kind as near as I can tell and doesn't flag this.
After the import it may be a good idea to go to File/Database Tools in RM7 and run all the processes just to make sure things are in a good state before you start adding and editing things.
FTM Facts descriptions shown but not editable:
You may have to edit the Fact Types in RM7 or you will have some fact fields in RM7 you can see but can't edit. In FTM I had included a description field for the Burial fact so I could add the name of the cemetery. After importing to RM7 the cemetery name was shown in the list for facts, but I had no way to edit it.
Fix: in RM7, Lists/Fact Type List - Select the fact type from the list and select Edit. Check the box for 'Use Description Field'. You may have to do this for multiple facts. Just cursor thru the facts for one of your more documented persons and make sure everything for that fact can be edited.
All the FTM sources will come in as 'Free Form' source regardless of whether you used the Source Templates in FTM or not. I didn't use the FTM Source Templates extensively, but just some thing to be aware of.
RM7 Free Form sources only provide 1 citation field. Page Number. Whatever you had in the Citation Detail field in FTM will show up in this field after conversion. FTM Citation Text will show up in RM7 Research Notes.
If you watch the Videos on RM7 about sources and citations, you may consider using the RM7 templates. I've played with this and decided that this is great for any new sources I create after converting from FTM. Do NOT create a new Master source with a template (think online census) and then MERGE the old Free Form source into it. Seems to drop the page number field during the merge, at least I haven't figured out where it went to. RM7 master source merge does not provide any way for a user to pick what fields on one template gets mapped to fields in another template.
I'm only a day or 2 into the conversion and a pretty new RM7 user, but thought this might be helpful to others in the same situation. Any clarifications from advanced RM7 users are welcome.