Hi, I just upgraded to latest RM so I could try out the ancestry.com integration.
Background (you can skip this): I had been an RM user and fan since the early days of Family Origins and FoWin. I thought in principle, I will always keep my info on my PC, not some pay site. That worked until about a year or so ago. I finally found that it was too much work to add stuff to my ancestry tree (easy, one click) and then duplicate the change on my PC. I started to mainly let my PC tree fall behind. Yes, I was missing some things, but I just don't have the time to do things twice and compromises are in order. I only occasionally opened RM and that was because I could do really nice searches, browse way faster, and I still had a few old notes only on RM.
Enter new ancestry sync'ing. Such a cool idea. I couldn't wait (well, at least until after I thought it was safe). My ancestry tree is probably typical of old timers: 10K people, 27K records, 4K photos. I knew to download this would be a huge amount of space, primarily the multimedia. After a few hours, I had 14Gig of images on my PC.
Anticipating the big storage space, I put both my tree file and my multimedia directory on a network drive.
Now, I started up new FM with my ancestry tree and everything was just incredibly slow. If I change focus on several people in a row, it would freeze. Worst, it doesn't have a spinny icon so it's impossible to tell if RM is still listening or not. It's so laggy and without a busy indicator, it gets frustrating to do anything.
I started to turn off all hints and now with everything off, I think I can sort of navigate, but alas I don't think it's as snappy fast as it was 2 years ago. I really think that should be a goal.
I do IC chip design in my day job and we use a schematic tool that also displays sim values (think "hints"). It runs very slow if it's on, so we have a hot key and a button so that we can turn it off, navigate around, and then hit 'X' and then everything comes on for just the small piece of circuit of interest. I really wish RM had this concept. You should be able to hit a "speed button" and shut everything off, then when you get to someone, have the "go get stuff" buttons along the top to toggle them back on. I don't want hints across the whole tree view if it means it's so slow that I need to go get coffee after every click.
1) Anyways, what I'd like to know is what happens with the button called "Disconnect from Ancestry tree" does? Does using that mean I can do work on the PC faster, then do a "connect" when I'm done? Or is that a sledge hammer that actually permanently disconnects it?
2) Is there a list of *all* things to turn off to make it snappy responsive? I never want to be staring and waiting for focus to change to a sibling, for example. I'm still waiting and my PC isn't that old.
3) Could the delay be due to having the RM database on a network drive? Is there a lot of file I/O? If that's the case, I assume I could move the tree file back to my local disk, but leave the multimedia on the network drive. And if having multimedia on a network drive slows it down, is there a way to say "multimedia = off" while a move around and then just enable multimedia later?
I really think something needs to be done to make the interface snappy again. I had noticed after the hints were added before that it was getting so slow as to be frustrating.
I have recently added about 800 people and their wives and want to clean up the dates and places in RM (since it's really good at that stuff) so I want to get the environment as nice as possible before starting on that project.