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In Topic: Release Date for RM8

22 September 2020 - 03:06 PM

It looks great. Cant wait to get my hands on it.

In Topic: Rootsmagic Mac version 8

22 September 2020 - 02:59 PM

I'm not running headless. I'm using a tiny ACEPC AK1 Mini PC, with an Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 CPU - they cost under $200 on Amazon. I have it connected to a 27" 4K Dell monitor that cost double what the PC did. I like it so much that I have bought two more mini-PCs - one is an Intel NUC acting as a Roon music streamer and the other is a Weidian fanless i7 with 6 ethernet ports that I use for networking experiments - it looks like a spiky black heatsink. I have found it much easier to have an actual windows device compared with using Virtual Box or Parallels.

In Topic: Rootsmagic Mac version 8

05 September 2020 - 07:18 PM

you are right--the mac forum has been dead for months. However I will never return to the awful windows world after escaping on retirement.


I have just finished testing all of the native mac programs with disappointing results:



I have similar feelings as you about the other genealogy apps on OSX. I do use MacFamilyTree on rare occasions, specifically because of their familysearch integration, but Rootsmagic remains my primary app.


I bought a tiny minipc, about the size of a VCR tape, to run windows10 with Rootsmagic and genmerge installed because there are times when the frustrations of the mac version of RM are too frustrating. As a developer, its easy for me to moan about the state of genealogy apps, and everytime I think "I could do this better" I look at the evidience of others who thought the same and didn't do it better. There seem to be some application categories (personal finance being another) where its just intrinsically difficult to create something good. Rootsmagic is still the best tool in my toolbox, though I do wish the company were more transparent.




In Topic: RM7 does not work with Mac OS Big Sur

05 September 2020 - 07:04 PM

I know that some Crossover 19 users have reported many apps working on the latest Big Sur betas. I can see that Rootsmagic doesn't start up on Big Sur.


I'm curious whether RM8 for Mac is expected in 2020? I understand the reluctance to publicize expected release dates.

At the same time, informed customers have the chance to make better decisions when they are considering different hardware and OS investments.


Does anyone have any vague understanding of likely timing for RM8 on Windows or OSX?



In Topic: TreeShare Freezes after recent Windows 10 MS update

04 July 2020 - 09:38 AM

I use Ancestry with RootsMagic in a very particular, maybe peculiar fashion, primarily to flesh out the tree fragments of DNA matches who appear to belong to a cluster, or cluster of clusters. This means that some of these RM databases will have 10 to 20 separate trees that I am working to combine. I find that in this scenario I end up having to recreate the ancestry view of the tree every few days by disconnecting and then adding the tree to ancestry as 000015JonesMatchesV5, for example. There appear to be some intrinsic limitations with ancestry comparisons particularly, as Renee suggested, when there are many disconnected fragments. I have observed ancestry performance being sluggish over recent weeks, which may be a consequence of folk shut in with Covid19. I find roundtripping with Ancestry and familysearch.org to be the fastest way to research a possibly related family - but gee it can be frustrating.