Big news for anyone looking to switch from Family Tree Maker to another genealogy program: RootsMagic has added the capability to directly import Family Tree Maker databases without the use of GEDCOM.
Indeed, GEDCOM import has always been an option in RootsMagic but GEDCOM is an imperfect solution. GEDCOM frequently loses data. The new capability added to RootsMagic 7.1 avoids the problem.
Quoting the RootsMagic Blog at http://blog.rootsmagic.com/?p=2668:
Since Ancestry’s announcement that they were parting ways with their Family Tree Maker software, thousands of FTM users have found a new home in RootsMagic. One of the first questions they have is, “How do I get my data from FTM into RootsMagic?”
Until today, the answer has always been through a GEDCOM file. But GEDCOM files from Family Tree Maker, while mostly effective, were often lacking data and details only found in the original file. Plus it added an extra step in the conversion process.
That’s why we’re excited to announce today’s release of RootsMagic 7.1. In addition to various tweaks and fixes, this update adds the ability to directly import any Family Tree Maker file.
And by “any” Family Tree Maker file, we really mean it. RootsMagic can directly import:
- Family Tree Maker 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 for Windows (*.ftm, *.ftmb)
- Family Tree Maker 3 for Mac (*.ftm, *.ftmb)
- Family Tree Maker 2010 and 2012 for Mac (*.ftmm, *.ftmd)
- Classic Family Tree Maker Files (*.ftw)
In fact, RootsMagic can import a bigger variety of Family Tree Maker files than any single version of Family Tree Maker itself.
Further details, including step-by-step instructions, are given in the RootsMagic Blog at http://blog.rootsmagic.com/?p=2668.