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In Topic: Family Tree Maker Importing

Yesterday, 05:40 PM

You need a FTM program to import the very old version of FTM file and then export it as a gedcom file. RM7 needs a gedcom for import unless perhaps FTM 2014 or earlier.


The 2-2-12 date is probably when FTM last saved your data file meaning it was a very old version. FTM 2017 is about to be replaced by 2019.


Windows 7 is a good OS but with only 4 GB ram you probably have a very old and ram-limited computer.


If you send Renee your FTM file via Firefox Send large file she can probably convert it for you and send it back. (https://send.firefox.com)

In Topic: Newsletter loads every time open RM7

16 May 2019 - 05:10 PM

Thanks Renee;


Newsletter now does not appear. hopefully the bugs the jan 19 update added will not be too annoying.


FYI: mackiev is releasing FTM 2019 mac and windows late this summer. Still time for Bruce to become mac competitive.

In Topic: Release Date for RM8

08 May 2019 - 08:13 AM



Why did you switch from reunion to rootsmagic if you found it generally better? 


I am using FTM mac but find the text very small to read well and am not happy with their source citation template interface. RM8 would be worth a try if it ever appeared. Reunion has always been panned in reviews for how it handles sources/citations but their approach seems simpler and better on trying the demo. Too bad there is no manual to read.

In Topic: Release Date for RM8

28 April 2019 - 04:14 PM

Vyger: I too remenber those awful early DOS days when Bill dumped his unfinished OS on us. On current mac OS versions the command line is alive and well via the Terminal app. If you know the syntax you can easily bypass the pretty interface (I do not). 


The modern internet has made it easier to get on and to whine about problems which are basic personal ignorance. The rootsmagic forums have many folks like you who are very experienced programmers and genealogists. I am neither but as a former scientist/computer modeler do understand data quality and find the related forum comments informative.


I switched to family tree maker after MacKiev fixed it but would really like to return to Rootsmagic if Bruce ever puts out a native mac version. The crossover version is very buggy and getting little corrective support. Bruce does an excellent job with his $10 manuals--no depth but clear coverage of all the features to get you started.

In Topic: Release Date for RM8

28 April 2019 - 01:03 PM

1. Don: people need to keep their software current. Even if a new version does not seem to have winning new features it will be full of hidden bug and security fixes. Facebook integration is a useless and dangerous "feature".


2. Vyger: more people than you think probably want good error checking and analytical tools. Easy online "information" which is full of obvious errors makes this more essential. Ancestry and FamilySearch have lots of information that while unsourced and often wrong does point you in the right direction for clues to real data with sources. I am just past the beginner stage and but am disenchanted with easy downloading/merging from the internet. Real gold is there but you are better off getting it manually and avoiding all the cleanup effort. Rootsmagic treeshare and FTM synching are the wrong focus for software.


3. How can so many people use a computer for years and yet not understand files, folders, programs/apps and the risks of local and cloud data loss? So many posts are someone who has no clue where a file they have spent years building is located. They need a simple basic computer book like Teach Yourself Macbook/Windows 10 (and actually read it). Backup is only real if you know what you backed up, where and that you can recover it from multiple locations.