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#1 Rooty

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 04:46 PM

1. Still no information on when/if it will launch: Quarter 2..3..4..2020?

 

2. If RM8 does launch will a $10 manual/user guide be available at the same time? Those really help clue me in to features and the RM7 book is way out of date now.

 

3. Will RM8 be 64 bit or an obsolete 32 bit on launch?

 

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#2 jasnw

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 04:55 PM

I've been away from this for a while.  Is there any word about a native-macOS version of RootsMagic, or did it happen when I wasn't looking, or is it on indefinite hold?



#3 Robert-Leigh:Pritchett

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 06:21 PM

We were told it is in development, so it is a when and not an if and to work with Mac OS properly, it has to be 64 bit and not 32 bit. 



#4 Jerry Bryan

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 09:25 PM

The most current publicly available information about RM8 is sketchy. I believe the following is accurate.

  • RM8 will run natively on both Windows and Mac. No Windows emulator or anything like that will be required on a Mac.
  • RM8 will be 64 bit - or at least it will be 64 bit on a Mac and I can't imagine it being 64 bit on a Mac and 32 bit on Windows.
  • There has been no announcement of a release date for RM8. However, there was the following statement about RM as a part of the 2018 RM holiday special. "Plus, you will receive a free download of RootsMagic 8 when it is released in 2019 ."
  • The RM developers are focusing all their efforts on RM8. No other development is in progress.
  • No indication of beta testing has yet appeared on any public RM forums.
  • There was a brief demo of RM8 at the RootsTech conference on 28 Feb 2019. The demo was not recorded. The promo for the demo was as follows: "Stop by our booth to see a special preview of our amazing new release- RootsMagic 8 (coming soon)!".

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 05:46 AM

1. Still no information on when/if it will launch: Quarter 2..3..4..2020?

 

I understand any impatience expressed by Mac users, this native Mac version has been talked about for quite some time now and will appear, this year?

 

I would prefer to wait for a complete and reliable program rather than face a lot of bugs and problems, I'm sure others would agree. Being a "re-write" this is similar to the RM3 to RM4 transition and when RM4 was released there were numerous problems, some which affected data integrity which took several months to resolve.

 

I'm currently working between 2 programs and being patient for the new versions possibly of both, I would advocate patience for a quality program rather than some half baked premature release.


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#6 miguelk

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 11:06 AM

Where can I find a summary of the principal functional enhancements in Version 8?



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Posted 09 June 2019 - 11:10 AM

In your dreams!

 

Long promised, a native mac version is still a fantasy with no information available. 

 

Mac users remain stuck with the increasingly buggy crossover version.



#8 Jerry Bryan

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 12:33 PM

The chief enhancement will probably be that it will run natively on a Mac without needing a Windows emulation wrapper.

 

There have been a brief demos of RM8 at a couple of genealogical conferences, and the other most obvious difference seems to be that RM8 seems to much less modal with more of what you need being on the screen at the same time instead of all the pop-up windows that you have to dismiss before you can proceed.

 

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 05:58 PM

Thanks, Jerry. I read a cryptic note from a persion who saw one of the Version 8 demos, describing an improvement that makes RM more Ancestry-like in the search for information and that will help us add directly from Ancestry into our trees within RM, allowing us to bypass the use of TreeShare to seek for stuff in Ancestry, update the Ancestry tree and then continue with the cumbersome process of synchronizing the RM database with the Ancestry tree.

 

The dilemma is:  RM doesn't realize that TreeShare is next to useless without Global Update. However, if version 8 moves an Ancestry-like use of Hint functionality into RM, then the lack of Global Update doesn't matter.



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Posted Today, 04:19 PM

 

I understand any impatience expressed by Mac users, this native Mac version has been talked about for quite some time now and will appear, this year?

 

Hi Vyger. To say " ... has been talked about for quite some time now ..." has to be one of the great understatements of the year!!! (I'm not criticizing you, by the way). It has been at least 5 years that we have heard the same basic message from RM -- something like "It is in development. No estimated release date will be given. When it is available it will be announced."

 

I now have had NO genealogy program for about a year, because I was running RM on Parallels in my iMac when Parallels packed up, and I trashed it (RM was the only PC-based application I had left). I did not want to go through the pain of struggling with some kind of hybrid kluge after reading some of the nightmarish stories users are having trying to keep RM running on their Macs. I figured "They've been leading us along for so long now, it CAN'T be much longer ...". Was I wrong.

 

I am about to give up on RM, and buy something that works, such as FTM or Mac Family Tree. This has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous being strung along by RM for many years, with no end in sight. *** HEAVY SIGH ***

 

Does anyone else feel as I do?



#11 Rooty

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Posted Today, 04:33 PM

leepetmar@yahoo.ca:

 

I switched to FTM 2017 2 years ago and an update is due out this fall. It works fine on a mac and has ancestry and Family search hints.

 

Parallels versions are very trouble prone and hard on your mac. The codeweaver fake rm7 has an expanding list of problems which are not being resolved. Reunion seems dated and clumsy with no print nor pdf manual.

 

If RM8 mac version ever appears I will try it but it has remained vaporware for the past half decade and I have not too many of those left. The unfortunate decision to develop tree synching with ancestry seems to have stopped work on a mac version.