Some time ago another poster said that RootsMagic 8 is a complete rewrite. Is there any news on what exactly that means and when it is going to be available for download? Is the UI going to be much more modern, multi-threaded and far less serial in fashion? And are we going to have to wait for RM 8 until we get the Ancestry.com tree sync feature. Conversely will the release of RM8 be delayed until RM can implement the Ancestry.com tree sync feature?
I have submitted several UI improvement feature requests over the last few months which have been accepted and added to the RM feature request list. Question is when, if ever, will we see these?
Being a retired SQL database application developer and an experienced .NET Windows Form GUI developer, I am writing for myself a Windows .NET program using C# called "RMTools - The Missing UI". This is a play on the series of computer software books called "XYZ - the Missing Manual", where XYZ is the name of your favourite software application. In it I am producing many of the UI features that RM doesn't have that I wished it did.
It will be multi-threaded, take advantage of modern high resolution screens using large multi-purpose forms instead of the endless forms you have to double click on in RM 7. The forms will not be modal. i.e. you can have multiple forms open at once and click between them without having to close the last one you were working on. Inter-form communications will ensure that changes in one form are reflected elsewhere.
For now, this is just a personal project, but I might contact RM to see if they are interested in buying my IP and advanced UI ideas. Maybe their UI team can do with a bit of help and an injection of some new ideas.