RM only has back to the 2006 as straight import because of Ancestry. They, Ancestry, took over the FamilyTreeMaker and changed it, but didn't share out to other software vendors what was needed for them to keep that direct import. This is not Rootsmagic's fault. It is Ancestry's fault. Legacy and Rootsmagic work together, they can direct import each others. Ancestry didn't play marbles with them. Ancestry picked up the bag and took it home.
Much like Microsoft not sharing their secrets to others. FamilyTreeMaker became completely proprietary when Ancestry took it and now they have dropped it. Bruce is doing what he can, as he can, without doing anything illegal, of which to try and figure out how to make a direct import with the newer versions, without Ancestry sharing, would be just that. Read the warning that comes with the software.
With all that said. Bruce has done a good job with the short notice that he had, and considering we ALL already had the strain of approaching holiday, this must have knocked Bruce and other vendors sideways along with all of us FTM users. The pressure was now on for them to do the best they could for the transport on such notice, and remember, Bruce and other vendor "magicians" have their own families and the holiday too.
Ancestry has been the scrooge and they now put out the bah humbugs along with it, by not giving notice that this was coming up. They, Ancestry, before this lock down, should have shared out the parts of the code that is needed for other vendors to work on direct imports, should have cared about their software users. But, Ancestry didn't do that. Ancestry didn't care about their software users. Never have really, as proven by the stunt they pulled. Ancestry, did what Ancestry seems to do best. Lock things down and then pull the rug out from everyone.
Merry Christmas to Bruce and team and his & his team's familes. Thanking them for their patience and enduring this upheaval along with all the rest of us FTM users. A rock to cling to in the turmoil of this holiday season, while we wait for the turbulence to settle and as we, FTM users, can get our feet back on the ground, get our bearings and move forward.
My many thanks to Rootsmagic and all involved.
Merry Christmas to all, and may this be a sign that the New Year will be a bright and good one, that there will be good to come out of all this bad upheaval.