I am struggling in making a decision between RootsMagic 7, and future version 8 which no one knows when will be shipped and Legacy 9. Both choices of software are solid products and would do the job, but I am looking to migrate one time and be done. As far as I can tell these are the differences and functionality after forcing myself to use each product for one one month.
Roots Magic Legacy
UI ---> More Modern ---> 20 Years Old
DB ---> SQL ---> Access
Stability ---> Above AVG ---> High
Import. ---> Above AVG ---> Very High
Export ---> Average. ---> Above AVG
Extensible ---> Above AVG ---> Average
Citations ---> Very High. ---> Above AVG
Media ---> Average ---> Below AVG
Media MOD---> Low ---> Low
Sync Anc ---> Average ---> Not Exist
Sync MH ---> Not Exist ---> Not Exist
Sync FS. ---> Average ---> Average
A Hints. ---> Average ---> Not Exist
MH Hints. ---> Not Exist ---> Average
FS Hints. ---> Average. ---> Average
Reports. ---> Below AVG. ---> Low
Support. ---> Above AVG. ---> Above Avg
My biggest complaints with RootsMagic is the stability. It seems to crash a lot and I have seen many people complain of corruption issues. That said a SQL database is a far better choice for any database. The product release cycle is inconsistent and we have no idea when the next release will take place. The idea product will sync to either MH or Ancestry. The sync functionality exist with ancestry but its implementation pretty much sucks. More over, no serious genealogist is going to allow a product to just input data at will into what should be a normalized database. Ideally, you would be presented the information in Ancestry and then allowed to modify the data to where it conforms to your practices for adding new data, ie .. how places are identified, how dates are added, how names are capitalized, etc....
My biggest complaint with Legacy 9 is it looks ancient and we have no idea of when the next product will be released. The product favors MH over Ancestry do to who owns the product. The idea product will sync to either MH or Ancestry. While the company and others claim reporting is a strength in Legacy, I would beg to argue that while the reports are numerous, the pretty much suck by comparison to MacFamily Tree. No Ancestry Sync and No MH sync, yet the latter is dangled like a juicy carrot.
The product stability is above average, but you can expect to have crashes. Community support is excellent.
The product is stable and just runs. I have seen it crash only once and that was easily fixed. Community support is excellent.
I am strongly interested in the communities opinions either way.