I have been watching this forum for a while and just registered. This is maybe not the best thread for this post but it seems more and more obvious that successful transition from any genealogy program to another will require some custom manipulation of data to avoid losses.
This process would seem to require a thorough vetting of the possible new host including it's possibilities followed by how to facilitate a complete data transfer. These decisions are not taken likely and I am well aware and appreciate the efforts of Rootsmagic to secure the business of FTM users.
My observations at present are:
1. Rootsmagic has a quick and simple interface, much quicker than FTM. That being said it seems to me that Rootsmagic is much to layered and requires much digging to reveal essential information.
2. The Rootsmagic reporting mechanism seems weak in many respects in comparsion to other software options.
3. Managing places and their whereabouts within Rootsmagic falls behind what FTM and Legacy offer.
4. Rootsmagic have unique place details which is a plus but it seems that this feature has not been fully embraced by the developers.
5. Other unique selling points of past releases would seem to still have much room for improvement towards the expectations of users.
6. It would seem that the present version of Rootsmagic is a stopgap legacy offering while a complete new version is being developed.
I would not be prepared to transfer my data to Rootsmagic, Legacy or other program at present on their current merits. I am not sure how the desktop genealogy software market will develop in the future and how my precious data would be transformed and not recognized by other programs.
It would seem from my research that the developement team of Rootsmagic are not too far from retirement and I have not read anything to convince me of a development beyond that time. It may well be that a desktop genealogy program of 2016, 17 or 18 becomes the last viable desktop offering and one which will warrant careful evaluation. For that reason I will also wait and see who ticks all the boxes in the year(s) to come and which platform I should entrust with many years of time consuming research.