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?
I do fully understand your frustration and now regret the definitive nature of my statement about “this year” and retract it.
I have been with the company 20+ years and remember a time when development was happy and willing to respond to user feedback in a timely manner. However those years and willing user interaction are now a distant memory and I have no idea why.
It’s no secret this may be my last year with the company as I am all wished out and also frustrated, loyalty only spreads so far and mine is now paper thin. Bottom line is I must progress my research through a modern and capable program, there has been too much wishing over more than your five year wait and in my opinion Rootsmagic has fallen well behind the competition. What is left of my loyalty will allow me to wait and see before making the final decision to swap to my current side program but needs must.
Some users have the attitude that RM8 should be got to market once bug free and then enhancements can be dealt with later, sadly I do not share their confidence with some gaps which I identified when RM4 was released still not dealt with. Glaring problems like lack of sidebar sorting in Named Groups and no additional birth of RIN detail in Mapping are not enhancement requests in my opinion they are a lack of due diligence in catering for basic requirements of such lists and have remained unchanged and therefore not useful.
For one such example the ability to Print events at a Place exists in the Place List but a button to do the same is missing from Place Details, obviously an oversight?, no. I identified this to Rootsmagic back in 2011 and it has never been dealt with through various versions. I can write the SQL query in about 30 seconds, sticking a button on that UI and linking it out might take another 10 minutes then tweaking the report format if needed might take another hour being generous. However despite my requests, various other users asking the same both here and on Facebook the problem has not been closed. So I think you can see why I am not willing to enter into another round of wishing for enhancements after a partial release of what users need.
The link below shows one of my early highlights of this single issue, seven and a half years ago!!, the wish list is bulging to breaking point with good and valid suggestions. In regards to “this year” and the native Mac version each user must make their own decision, I need to move my research forward in a capable and professional program, I wait to see if Rootsmagic can fit that bill on release.