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#98949 Release Date for RM8

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 30 January 2021 - 11:50 AM in Discussion

I'd have called it a pious hope rather than a lie, albeit a disappointed hope.

 

It's clear that RM8 — to which I haven't committed myself yet for a variety of reasons — exists now, at least in embryo. Every three days or so there is new version. The program seems to be improving.

 

RootsMagic can properly be taxed with putting insufficient resources into programming RM8 and then with paying too much attention to the user interface and not enough to data manipulation.

 

Every "promise" for future action is contingent — inshallah, the creeks don't rise, etc.




#98285 Has the forum been closed?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 10 October 2020 - 12:26 PM in Discussion

FWIW I too detest Facebook and hope that this forum continues to flourish.




#98277 Has the forum been closed?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 09 October 2020 - 01:32 PM in Discussion

Nothing for a few days, and a post I thought I'd put up in "Issues" seems to have disappeared. Anyone home?




#98279 Has the forum been closed?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 09 October 2020 - 08:56 PM in Discussion

Thanks :)




#98774 RM8 Forum

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 January 2021 - 12:01 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

This is a bad decision, Renee. Not to put too fine  point on it, Facebook is useless for research and nearly useless for serious discussion. It's unclear why this forum is "a security risk." What's at risk? User names? The Facebook group suffers the same "risk." IIRC Facebook has been hacked several times.

 

No one is asking you to "move the forum" or to risk losing data. We only ask that you continue the bulletin board and open a new sub-forum for RM8.

 

Finally, it's coherent discussion, not screen shots, that are the virtue of a forum like this one. The most expert help from amongst your community is found here. IMO RootsMagic is making a big mistake.




#98749 RM8 Forum

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 31 December 2020 - 11:18 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

A forum, or sub-forum, whatever you call it — like the RootsMagic 7 section.




#98747 RM8 Forum

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 31 December 2020 - 08:41 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

Now that the community review version of RM8 is public — and the RM8 beta testers freed from the non-disclosure agreement — I would like to see an RM8 directory added to this community board.

 

 

Robert

 




#98421 Merging Place Details ..

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 08 November 2020 - 05:17 PM in Discussion

If I correctly understand what you need, the answer is yes. You can do it from Lists/Place List. You should be able to find all  three versions. Choose the one that's closest to what you finally hope for,  highlight it, and merge the other two into it. Then edit the result.

 

I would separate the cemetery name into "place details," but I believe there are several members of this list who don't care for the place details feature. You may hear from them as this post is read more widely. I don't recollect the details of the discussion.




#98763 Forum for RM8 Community Preview

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 January 2021 - 08:30 AM in Discussion

Completely agree — in fact it was requested last night on the wish list in this forum.




#98773 Forum for RM8 Community Preview

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 January 2021 - 11:56 AM in Discussion

This is a bad decision, Renee. Not to put too fine  point on it, Facebook is useless for research and nearly useless for serious discussion. It's unclear why this forum is "a security risk." What's at risk? User names? The Facebook group suffers the same "risk." IIRC Facebook has been hacked several times.

 

No one is asking you to "move the forum" or to risk losing data. We only ask that you continue the bulletin board and open a new sub-forum for RM8.

 

Finally, it's coherent discussion, not screen shots, that are the virtue of a forum like this one. The most expert help from amongst your community is found here. IMO RootsMagic is making a big mistake.

 

Robert




#97668 Anyone keep database and images on google drive?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 04 July 2020 - 09:30 PM in Discussion

Thanks, Jerry. I think I recollect your post about that. But as I understood the OP, he was asking whether he could write directly to the Google cloud as though it were a drive on his own machine. If I now understand you correctly, the google drive software creates a local folder willy-nilly. I was unaware of that. If so, I can see where the other problems you discuss in your post would arise.

 

Synchronizing the backup seems sensible, although I still have serious reservations about Google's practices.




#97674 Anyone keep database and images on google drive?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 05 July 2020 - 01:52 PM in Discussion

Dear Jerry,

 

I don't care to trust my data to any of them — fortunately, I have no need or desire to access the data from devices other than my desktop and laptop machines. I publish what I wish via GedSite on a server hosted by John Cardinal. If these practices may make me a kind of computer-age Luddite, then so be it. I guess the point is that I control the data, keep private what I wish to keep private, and send out only what I am willing to show the public.

 

The practical consequence for my genealogical research is that I can access the website from any computer or cell phone that connects to the net; I can only work on my RM7 database from one of the computers — desktop at home, laptop on the road. This limitation seems to me a small price to pay for avoiding Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox, and Ancestry sharing.

 

BTW,  I was one of the victims of the Equifax hack. There's little reason to believe that the various cloud services are hack-proof. If I may say so, you're wise to encrypt your financial data.

 

 

Robert




#97665 Anyone keep database and images on google drive?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 04 July 2020 - 09:09 PM in Discussion

Why bother? Even if it works, you'll be stymied sometimes by internet outages, slow transmission times, and the like. If your internet connection fails, your work-session ends. Much better, I would think, to maintain the data on your own machines and upload only the backup files to the cloud.

 

I do my own work on two machines & keep them synchronized with batch files. The latest .rmgc is copied over from one machine to the other. It can be done easily on one's LAN or with flash drives. It does require a little care — one has to be careful not to add or edit data on both machines without synchronizing, but it's really not hard to remember which machine has to be brought up to date.

 

Another problem is that you are at the mercy of Google. IIRC (I may be mistaken about this) your agreement with Google gives them the right to inspect your data and perhaps use it to guide their advertising. Another potential issue might be the inadvertent disclosure of information about living people. Everything we know about the practices of Google and others suggest that it's not paranoid to be concerned about such matters. I don't use their cloud even for my backups.




#97628 RootsMagic 8 Release Date

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 24 June 2020 - 04:44 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

That's good news! If you randomly expand to me I'll do what I can to help.




#97625 RootsMagic 8 Release Date

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 24 June 2020 - 08:41 AM in RootsMagic Wish List

Renee, may we take it from your post that beta testing has actually begun?




#97592 RootsMagic 8 Release Date

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 20 June 2020 - 12:39 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

I'd like to second this notion in the same spirit with which it was put forward. Silence and secrecy may be justified when a company is about to launch something that no one else has. But what would be wrong with:

 

We are rewriting the report formats

We hope to improve the search and indexing functions

We are establishing <[note]> for use in our sentence templates

 

None of those assertions can harm the company. Indeed, one could argue that user loyalty might be enhanced.

 

Finally, if RootsMagic isn't doing those things, it ought to.




#99056 Relationship calculation issue

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 21 March 2021 - 07:58 AM in Discussion

If I Recollect Correctly — always an issue at my age :)




#99032 Relationship calculation issue

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 11 March 2021 - 08:07 AM in Discussion

The relationships don't update automatically. Try invoking tools/set relationships and reset it to yourself.




#99039 Relationship calculation issue

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 13 March 2021 - 09:02 AM in Discussion

Excellent point, Jerry. I think it should also support relationships by marriage. The logic to do that may already exist in RM7, for one of the reports, I think. Why not include it? IIRC TMG & FH6 & have that feature.




#97728 New Pargraph in narrative reports.

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 15 July 2020 - 11:47 AM in Discussion

Alt-0182 will enter the pilcrow in an RM sentence template, but LibreOffice, at least, doesn't operationalize it. But I would think (haven't tried it) that a search & replace in Word would enable one to substitute a working paragraph marker for the pilcrow.

 

¶  :)




#98335 where to put a life history

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 October 2020 - 05:12 PM in Discussion

You could also transcribe it and add it as a note or biography to her "edit person" sheet. I have "biography" as a fact, but I cannot recollect whether it was native to RM7 or if I added it myself.




#98034 RM8 Search Suggestion

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 29 August 2020 - 07:59 AM in RootsMagic Wish List

This is a good idea. German, French and Spanish months would be an excellent start — a great time-saver for me and probably for many others.




#98044 RM8 Search Suggestion

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 29 August 2020 - 04:11 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

I assumed that RM doesn't store the alpha month names. I took a quick look at the event and multimedia tables; the dates are all stored numerically. Somewhere in RootsMagic is a table translating the month name into those numbers. What I had in mind was that Janvier and Enero as well as January be assigned the appropriate numerical value. That shouldn't be too hard to implement.




#98175 Recording boarding students in Census fact types

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 18 September 2020 - 02:45 PM in Discussion

I agree with Don. Shared facts save a lot of duplication and make it much easier to prepare graceful narrative reports. They also work well with GedSite, an important consideration for me.

 

GEDCOM non-adherence isn't important to me. I prefer to work with one program. My need for any of the facilities of Family Historian or Legacy is minimal. If I ever do need to make a full conversion I think there are already a couple of SQL routines which will ease the process.Cancel




#97335 Married Women in RM8

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 25 May 2020 - 11:55 AM in Discussion

Thanks, Don. I'm glad to learn that the practice is useful to others. Although I don't recall clearly, I may even have gotten the idea from the earlier posts you mention.  As I remarked in my earlier post, the square bracket scheme plays especially well with GedSite.

 

— Robert