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Plan to Switch from FTM 2019 Mac to Rootsmagic 8 Mac

20 November 2019 - 04:32 PM

A. Gedcoms

1. FTM 2019 export gedcoms
2. RM8 import Gedcoms and check for needed fix-ups
B. Direct Import
1. FTM 2019 export file to FTM Mac 3.1 (2014.1) format. Ends up as a backup file extension.
2. Download from MacKiev the FTM Mac 3.1 dmg and install it.
3. FTM Mac 3.1 Restore Mac 3.1 files and export to FTM 2012 ancestry format. Open ~= restore. 
4. RM8 directly import FTM 2012 files.
C. Compare specs and contents of FTM 2019 versus RM8 files from both approaches to choose the best option. My 4 databases: 2 tiny; 1 small; 1 medium sized (350 people).

Florida Swampland

12 September 2019 - 07:45 AM

I have optimistically purchased 2 tracts of Forida swampland: RM8 $20 and FTM 2019 $30.

Now it is time to waterproof my genealogy database while waiting for vaporware to become real.


My personal choices have narrowed to these 2 programs after switching from RM7 to FTM 2017 two years ago. My media folder is clean and organized into subfolders by family or person. FTM wants everything in one gigantic folder but that is impossible to cull for missing or duplicate media. However my Sources and Places need cleanup of duplicate or overlapping entries often created by using Ancestry hints and merges. Lastly, each person starting at the root must be checked for similar facts/events messed up by me or ancestry. The few tools in FTM also need to check for duplicates and compact the database.


Time to switch from whining about very long delayed software to having a clean database and folder setup ready for new software. FTM 2019 will be a seamless database update but RM8 will require a Gedcom transfer and some cleanup for miss-matches.


Can anyone point me to articles on modifying gedcom files to resolve transfer problems? 

Newsletter loads every time open RM7

08 May 2019 - 10:22 AM

setting to not open this window when RM7 starts has no effect. Using version 7.5.7 last one that worked so so with family search before the bad fixes in Jan 2019.


anyone else have this problem?

Rootsmagic Mac version 8

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 Those really help clue me in to features and the RM7 book is way out of date now.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?


Thank You.

Rootsmagic for Mac Forum inactive?

13 February 2019 - 10:34 AM

There seem to be no new posts or updates on the mac forum.


Have we all gotten bummed out by the many bugs and issues with the fake RM7 for mac?


The last 1/19 update seems to have broken many features related to family search that worked in the version before 1/4. I cannot access the 1/4 version since it was replaced by the bad 1/19 update. This update seems bad on both Sierra and Mojave retina macs.