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In Topic: First RM8 Blog Entry

12 September 2019 - 04:27 PM

I was going to add a post but cannot seem to get images to work. I placed them on dropbox but only a blue square open up in the post box in rootsmagic forum.

In Topic: First RM8 Blog Entry

10 September 2019 - 08:10 AM

I switched from TMG in late 2014 and went with RM because  it was more user friendly, to me, than any other package, although I did lose some functionality but eventually gained other features.  I still wish some of the features of TMG were available.


Because of that process I have licenses for several other software solutions. When one of those upgraded to a new version it completely overlaid the older version, even the trial copy. I needed to reinstall the older version when I decided that that new version was not worth the price. Will this upgrade to RM do this also or can I run two versions simultaneously?


Because I have only seen one screen shot it is hard to evaluate anything about version 8 but one thing is in question from that one screen. Can we customize what gets displayed on any one screen? If appears that the left pane on my main screen, where I have a list of all my database people, or groups, etc. may be missing.


I still think RM is the best way to go and I hope some of the things I would find useful will appear in the new version.


I started programming in 1972 and had my first PC in 1980, an Osborne. I got used to having access to almost everything. Most people don't want that kind of access so I understand where Rooty is coming from. It seems that I am losing that kind of access with almost everything that comes out today. The device wants to de everything.


Looking forward to more information on RM 8

In Topic: First RM8 Blog Entry

07 September 2019 - 01:46 PM

If I remember correctly on March 2 2019 version 8 was demoed at Rootstech2019. If RM8 was made public at that time can we see the new functions that they have demoed that they have already made public?


I'm not a fan of change just for changes sake, I am looking for more functionality and while that screen shot is very different I hope there are massive improvements in functionality: remember Windows version 8 when they discovered that many many people did not want that new user interface.

In Topic: Publishing filter

16 May 2019 - 01:17 PM



I tried your link and I tried to attach the PHIST file. It is a little over 8 meg and it failed to attach saying that the upload took too long. This occurred several times with the same result.


Is there another way or should I attempt email?


Dick Spiess

In Topic: Personal Historian & Family Atlas survival outside Rootsmagic?

24 November 2018 - 11:06 AM

For me shared facts are used to include all the people that actually shared a particular fact or event.  There are some family facts built into RM7 such as marriage and divorce that work well. I have found that I really want to use shared facts in several other instances. Census records come to mind where you have the head of household and people living at that site at a particular time.  It seems very logical to me to include the fact at the head of household and include all the members of the family as shared facts. I have read that many people use a different approach and add the census information for each individual but that can be a problem if you need to update the data and must now change several facts and trust you don’t make an error from one to another where with a shared fact I only need to change a single entry. Family census only includes a spouse si if I report on a child the data from the census is lost unless I add a second census event for the child.


I also have a situation where a family began in New Hampshire, Moved to Michigan, then to Iowa, then to Kansas and finally back to New Hampshire.  I use shared facts so I don’t have to enter essentially the same data multiple times and any changes to that fact only need to be changed in one place.


I have also used both PE3 and FA in my work. I can use PH to integrate certain people into a timeline. I wanted a chronological story of five family members as they moved west in the 1850s. RM7 does not do that and I developed a sequence of using RM7 and PH3 to accomplish what I want. All the changes to a story are done in RM7 and then re imported into PH3. Cumbersome but it works and I avoid having multiple copies of my data.


I have also used a time capsule function in another, now defunct, software package and found the potential of Life Capsules to be very great but lacked some refinement. For instance I could create my own Life Capsule but if I included it in my work it appeared for everyone. This needed to be fixed so that a particular Life Capsule could be included by individual if desired so that my local history for Boston Massachusetts does not appear in the genealogy of someone who was never ever even  near Boston.


I also should be able to attach any or all of these Capsules to any individual or group.


I think that for shared events or life Capsules it should be decided to either keep them or not, but if they will be kept then all the issues people have found using shared events or Life Capsules should be addressed by RM.


I would like integration to be closer. I should be able to have both RM open and PH open at the same time and the PH data would be a direct real time look at my RM database. I could then make changes to RM and have it appear in PH without the re-importing of the data. Rm and PH currently do something like this by allowing updates to my PH3 data. However at some point you can make changes in PH that are not in RM and that may make the process a little more difficult.


Just my thoughts