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#92308 Any news on RM 8 complete rewrite?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 02 January 2019 - 02:10 PM in Discussion

She probably entered the RM8 key code accidentally. There should also be an RM7 key code.

#93291 Release Date for RM8

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 16 March 2019 - 12:55 PM in Discussion

I've been a RootsMagic user ever since Wholly Genes folded, but I haven't encountered any "meaningless promises." I agree that "confirming this is on the enhancement request list" is annoying.


I would prefer that the list of enhancement requests were posted, together with the number of users who would favor each. Family Historian does that; it makes one feel more a participant in the software's direction than a supplicant, begging at the gate.


If I may say so, I think it's an error to lay one's frustrations on the heads of small specialized software companies. I know nothing of the economics of software publishing, but it's clear that if one wants to hire a full-time programmer at, say, $50,000 per annum, that one has to sell 1000 copies of a $50 software package every year just to pay the programmer alone -- and one hasn't even begun to pay for overhead, taxes, food for the family, a roof over one's head, and the services of a charming and technically adept person who has to write "confirming this is on the enhancement request list" on the forum, probably more often than she cares to.

#95318 First RM8 Blog Entry

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 17 September 2019 - 07:33 AM in Discussion

I'm glad to learn that there will be words, and an option to abandon them and just show icons. However, my preference would be to bag the icons and just show text buttons. I hope it's not too late to offer this as an option. It should be a simple change.


I also hope it will be possible to show the icons/text horizontally at the top if the user so wishes.

#95554 First RM8 Blog Entry

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 04 October 2019 - 01:52 PM in Discussion

Isn't this a little silly? RootsMagic is castigated if they release nothing and again if they release some but not all, and still again if they don't adhere to a "schedule" established by the pace of their releases. They can't win.


That said, I've believed for years that software companies are insufficiently transparent regarding their plans. RootsMagic isn't alone in being secretive. It seems to be a shibboleth in the industry that disclosure will give competitors an advantage. Since that's the case, there little's point in inveighing against the practice and even less point in criticizing RM8 for its failings before we've seen it.

#95744 First RM8 Blog Entry

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 19 October 2019 - 07:35 AM in Discussion

The sixth RM8 blog entry has been posted.  http://blog.rootsmagic.com/


Excellent news, especially including the unblocking of the main screen when editing screens(!) are open.

#91843 Bulk Importing Sources From FamilySearch

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 December 2018 - 12:33 PM in FamilySearch Family Tree

Tex LKarence wrote: "This is what ticks me off about Ancestry.com. Even if your brother sits at a computer next to you, and he puts your mother into his tree then you also have to put your mother into your tree."


But suppose it's not your brother, but some semi-literate whose research is sloppy, who is prone to jumping to conclusions, who doesn't bother to provide evidence, and who is often in error, but never in doubt? We've all seen them in Ancestry.com and Family Search histories.

#93242 Opinions Requested Legacy 9 DLX vs Roots Magic 7

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 12 March 2019 - 02:48 PM in Discussion

Legacy may be good software, but it's failure to permit unicode characters is a deal breaker for me. I want Łódź, not Lódz.

#91861 can't make a backup

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 02 December 2018 - 09:01 AM in Discussion

kbenson wrote "I ~believe~ robertacobs0 really meant more than one copy of the database being open at the same time (one cannot run more than one copy of Rootsmagic itself)"


Mea culpa -- thanks for straightening that out.

#91842 can't make a backup

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 December 2018 - 12:26 PM in Discussion

Are you certain that only one copy of RootsMagic is open?

#92899 cant find RootsMagic.exe on E:\

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 11 February 2019 - 11:59 PM in Discussion

Windows may have assigned a different drive letter to the pen drive in the other laptop(s). If you press Windows-key-X you can select "disk management" which will allow you to reset drive letters.The settings are usually persistent, but there are a variety of things which can make them change.

#91793 Changing spouse order

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 27 November 2018 - 10:23 PM in Discussion

1. The GedSite problem  with family order has been fixed; I was mistakenly using a beta version and incorrectly assumed a bug in the release version.


2. I thank cvernons for pointing out the Spouses & Parents buttons in RM7 which I am ashamed to admit I never noticed before this evening.

#92820 One wish wishlist

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 05 February 2019 - 08:43 AM in RootsMagic Wish List

I hope the web isn't "the future," or at least not the entire future. We've already seen the conniptions that developers and users have suffered whilst trying to shoehorn their formats and data into Ancestry and Family Search. It would be far better IMO to have one's own flexible software so that formats and reports are obedient to one's own needs, wishes & designs.


Web data also presents issues of privacy, security and permanence which are not under users' control. Not for me, thank you.

#92872 Christening gets included as a "Basic Event" when printing Family Gro...

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 08 February 2019 - 12:31 PM in Discussion

Is there an SQL query that will add an empty birth event to any person who doesn't have one? That might be a handy addition to the RM tools.

#93880 when a record is wrong.

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 12 May 2019 - 04:23 PM in Discussion

Orthography was not a primary concern for the immigrant generations. Moreover, immigrant Jews from Eastern Europe had only had names on the Western pattern since 1800 or 1810 when the Tsar promulgated a decree requiring that they adopt them. The decree's purpose was to regularize tax collection and military conscription.


Before that decree most Jewish names within the Pale, except perhaps for the most prominent Rabbinic families, were of the form x ben y: Isaac, son of David, etc.


An important tradition of Jewish naming is that an infant not be named after a close living relative. Thus family names tend to skip a generation — children often named after deceased grandparents for example.

#91446 Character set compatability RM7 & TNG

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 24 October 2018 - 02:31 PM in Issues

A GEDCOM can be edited to change the character encoding. RM7 seems to export in UTF-8. If TNG wants something else, open the GEDCOM in Notepad, click file/save as. At the bottom of the save dialog you'll see a button which offers UTF-8, ANSI, Unicode and Unicode big endian. Choose your poison and save, either with the existing file name or a new one. Your data will be unaffected.


If I were guessing, I'd try Unicode first.

#91471 Character set compatability RM7 & TNG

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 26 October 2018 - 08:52 AM in Issues


I'm not sure that the Notepad save option is going to do anything useful. Does it even recognise that the GEDCOM is UTF-8? It is in plain text with a tag:


The Notepad trick worked with TMG -- I no longer recollect whether it was an import or export which was giving the problem. It's true that the Notepad save won't change the CHAR designation in the GEDCOM, but that can be done manually if necessary.


I'm pretty sure that Notepad will save in the designated character set, whatever the state of the input file.

#91760 My Roots Magic Publishing Feature wish list

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 26 November 2018 - 11:53 AM in RootsMagic Wish List

John Cardinal's GedSite program meshes extremely well with RootsMagic and can be used to make wonderful web sites.The home page is at https://www.gedsite.com/en/index.htm. There are links on the page to example sites, including (full disclosure department) my own.

#93774 Javascript & Website Tree

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 May 2019 - 11:40 AM in Discussion

Jerry mentioned the GedSite program. I use it myself. Its output can be as simple (and simple to make) or as elaborate as the user wishes. See www.gedsite.com which explains the program and provides links to sample sites.

#93874 Javascript & Website Tree

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 11 May 2019 - 09:25 PM in Discussion

That's a great site, Jerry. It should appeal to the more serious and scrupulous genealogists among us. As you've seen, I went in a different direction, in part because I felt the site had to appeal to my more elderly users, many of whom were not as much interested in documents as they were in pictures and stories. Now I've gotten into the more elderly class myself I wonder if I made the right choice.


Very nice work! Please accept my congratulations.



#93747 Ellis Island & New York Place Details

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 29 April 2019 - 04:38 PM in Discussion

I have dozens,if not hundreds, of Ellis Island immigrants in my data. I list the place as New York City or New York, New York depending on how I want the narrative reports to read. As with Brooklyn, which once had a separate corporate existence, but is now a "borough," or Kings County, there's little chance that any ambiguity will muddy the fact of the actual location of an event.


When the Dodgers left in 1957, Brooklyn is the place where baseball in America died. I record it as "Brooklyn, New York."


Posted by robertjacobs0 on 18 May 2019 - 08:19 AM in Discussion

GedSite, to make presentation-grade websites, either for the net or for buring to CDs or flash drives. www.gedsite.com.

#94221 Lock the 'Wish List' to further entries until after the release of RM8

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 June 2019 - 01:57 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

>>>I believe you are refering to Famiy Historian<<<


Yes, of course. If their next version comes out soon and they have fixed that particular deficiency I'm going to have to make a difficult decision. The absence of italics, in particular, was a deal-breaker for me.

#94218 Lock the 'Wish List' to further entries until after the release of RM8

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 June 2019 - 10:56 AM in RootsMagic Wish List

If I'm not mistaken, one of our competitors publishes a lits showing how many of their users have asked for each particular change. One of that program's deficiencies IMO is the want of bold, italic & underlining in the printed reports. Last time I looked that enhancement was very high on the list of desirable changes. Were I using that program I would be confident that the programmers would be considering the change seriously.


I'd like to see the RM8 wish list similarly set up. Users would be given a greater sense of participation and I cannot see that the company would be risking anything by the disclosure of what users are hoping for.

#93249 RootsMagic & Linux

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 13 March 2019 - 01:45 PM in Discussion

Microsoft’s latest shenanigans show increasing abilities to reduce users’ control over their own machines and increased tendencies to do just that — recent alarming article in Forbes Magazine is making me think of moving away from Windows if the trends continue. Has anyone successfully run RootsMagic in a virtual machine under Linux?


#91612 RM Security While on the Net

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 09 November 2018 - 06:04 PM in Discussion

Your database isn't "online," or shouldn't be. It's a file on your machine. To attack it a hacker would have to control your machine, probably through a virus or "Trojan" actually running in your machine. This kind of malware can be inserted into a machine from a flash drive or by accessing a malicious web site. Those are the ways that the infamous "ransomware" can get into your machine. Your defenses against these intrusions are the built-in firewall and regular scans by Windows Defender or other anti-malware programs.


The defenses are incomplete if one accesses unknown web sites or falls for any of the all-too-common scams. For example, words to the effect of "Microsoft has detected malware (or computer problem). Click here to remedy." NEVER "click here" unless you're dealing with a known and legitimate web site.


One of the chief means of getting people to malicious sites is by an e-mail which purports to come from a friend. The malware has somehow gotten into a friend's e-mail list and sends out something like "John thinks you'd be interested in this." The web address you're asked to click on is completely unknown to you. Don't do it!


A little prudence can go a long way.


Should your browser come up with some kind of scam message don't click on anything. Go to the task manager, highlight the browser program and click on "End task." Then run a full system scan, first with your anti-virus program and then with the free download version of Malwarebytes. I keep Malwarebytes on my machine so I don't have to try to download it while under assault.


Hackers are much more likely to be after bigger game than your RootsMagic files. The best way to protect yourself is to maintain a full backup set on an external device which isn't always connected to your computer and to an external site -- i.e., not your home. I periodically send a flash drive with a full system backup to my son who lives a hundred miles away. Were my house to burn down the data would still be protected -- if the rascal can remember where he stowed it.


Some people use a cloud service like Dropbox for their backup files. I don't care for them myself, but many do.