RootsMagic is a popular genealogy program for Windows. Version 3.2 has just been released. The most significant change to the new version is that it now supports direct import from Family Tree Maker.
Anyone who has had to import a Family Tree Maker database in the past knows that it was a two-strep process: export the Family Tree Maker database to a GEDCOM file, and then import that GEDCOM file into RootsMagic. Along the way, multimedia items from the scrapbook were lost, with the result being that you had to manually add those items to the new database. In addition, GEDCOM imports into any genealogy program are never perfect; some items always get dropped. The new direct import capability in RootsMagic 3.2 avoids all the GEDCOM problems.
The new version of RootsMagic imports everything directly from the Family Tree Maker database, including images and other scrapbook items.
RootsMagic 3.2 also adds the following features:
- A perpetual calendar (Tools > Calendar)
- "Facts with text dates" report (Reports > Lists > Fact list)
- A Print button added to IGI search
- Color coding now displays in the selection screen
- You can now add multimedia items for citations. For instance, if the source citation is a 1910 census record, you can add a scanned image of that census record as your citation.
Numerous small bug fixes and "nice to have" options have been added as well. If you currently own RootsMagic 3, you can download the free update and see a list of the items addressed at: http://www.rootsmagic.com/updates. If you haven't seen this program in action, you can download a demo version at http://www.rootsmagic.com/demo.htm.