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In Topic: Best Genealogy computer programs?

31 October 2018 - 04:43 AM


I scanned the posts in the sub but last I saw with this topic was 6 years ago and I know that technology moves much faster than that.

What computer programs are you guys using? Right now all of my data is stored in Ancestry.com and I don't want that long term for obvious reasons.




I was gifted Rootsmagic 7 almost a year ago and decided to invest my research in it, I am starting to regret that decision now as I am finding many unfinished and unpolished features. The current version is 4 years old, if I am correct, so there has been ample time to resolve and finish those problems, but this has not happened.


When I was kindly gifted the program I read a lot about Rootsmagic and a reputation of listening to their users and working with them, I can say personally I have found no evidence of that in recent years and now have the opinion this was a reputation earned many years ago and now a thing of the past with no bearing on todays development strategy.


On the positive side, and before you make your decision, the current version of Rootsmagic is 4 years old and a new version is probably due, although no one knows when. In theory that puts the current version maybe 3 years behind competition software in development terms so the next version may be a leap ahead, or maybe not, we will just have to wait and see. Personally I see great potential in Rootsmagic and find it quick to use but without that potential being brought out and realised it just continues to frustrate me through silly fundamental things like lack of sorting, lack of displayed information, limited charting capabilities, poor mapping interface etc.


I just saw a Top Ten Reviews link on Facebook this morning updated 1 Aug 2018 and Rootsmagic was rated #4. Diferent people have different opinions of these reviews and I have found the Rootsmagic user base very defensive and dismissive of the deficiencies of the program and that does not give me hope for the future.

In Topic: How to find empty date of death but place of death is present

28 October 2018 - 08:00 PM

Thank you for your ideas.  I didn't know about People View.  Using it I was able to achieve my goal.  Thanks!


People View would have been my solution although sadly it only sorts on a single columb so Death Date being blank will include everyone regardless of if a death Place is recorded or not.

In Topic: Place List Editing- Show Record(s) Associated

28 October 2018 - 07:26 PM

I did a search on this topic and could not find anything, so I'm inquiring as to whether or not there is a feature (or to place an enhancement request, if not) when editing items in the Place List.
When I create a list of Places, I would like to see to which record(s) the particular Place is associated before I make a change.  When I select a Place, I know I get Place Details, but not record(s) to which it is associated.
Right now I know I can do a Find Anywhere for an address and it will give me snippets of a record in which it is used.  Although one cannot click on the snippet and be taken to the record either only to the Note or the Place details.
Am I missing how to do this?  Or is it just not a feature?


I find this yet ANOTHER big shortcoming of Rootsmagic, a basic requirement imo and something both Family Tree Maker and Legacy provide and have provided for many years.


Even with the antiquated inactive Print solution Jerry Bryan pointed to there is still no way to do the same with Place Details, I simply do not understand why?


I have been doing a lot of reading on this subject and requests for this functionality have gone back many years and well before the current version, so why have Rootsmagic not responded?


I'm not too deeply into RM7 proprietary features although I have invested in Place Details but unless the next version overcomes the various current shortcomings and negatives I will be looking elsewhere for my future research platform.

In Topic: Report for Individuals Who Share Facts but are not in the database

26 October 2018 - 01:36 AM

It has been 8 years since my co-founder of SQLite Tools for RootsMagic wrote the script linked below. There has been no improvement from RM since that obviates the need.
https://sqlite4roots...st - Query.html


I'm still learning Rootsmagic, the things I can do and the things I can't achieve. I just wanted to say I find it amazing that goodness knows how long since has been running and almost 4 years since version 7 release that so many glitches still exist and how many common needs require reaching outside Rootsmagic to achieve.

In Topic: Default Media Type

23 October 2018 - 10:31 AM

No, unfortunately there is not.


Selecting the type of media should not be necessary, the program should recognize the type of file from the extension. I am very focused on productivity and the number of clicks required to achieve particular results and this is another wasted step to me.


I almost always drag and drop media now rather that the way you are adding it, the process is much faster and became possible in version 7.