Thank you for the insight from people who are "power users". When I think of the six or seven competitor products that gather dust on my laptop perhaps, as big as the functionality and usability benefits of this product, the healthiness and helpfulness of the community is an enormous boon, that I never expected when I first took the step of paying for the product. Rootsmagic is a product whose value outstrips its price point.
I work as a programmer and I hate paying my own money for software. Not because I think software companies dont deserve to make money. I've happily pushed for small and large software purchases (it always seems to be easier to spend > $100k than it is to spend $500 in a corporate environment). I have, nevertheless paid for more than a dozen genealogical software products and RootsMagic is clearly worth more to me than then other ten or more added together. It's just that much better.
The challenge for me , and possibly for many others, is "what is my authoritative database? what is the ultimate truth?" As soon as I began using RootsMagic it was clear that RM was it. Ancestry.com is a great place to explore hypotheses and do research. But its also a huge company with a long track record of leaving groups of customers high and dry when they decide to stop supporting X or Y. I have a few hundred ancestry.com public trees but the world wouldn't end if I lost them all.
Bein able to synch between Rootsmagic and Ancestry, *and* between Rootsmagic and FamilySearch.org is a killer feature.
I found that sometimes Rootsmagic won't start because there are still old wine processes remaining from the prior RootsMagic process. I wrote a little script to kill those and find I no longer have any problems with it starting.