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Re: What Genealogy Software Are You Using?


I too am primarly an FTM user. I've used it for many many years and am generally pleased with it and am aware (and sometimes annoyed) by it's limitations. I think FTM is easy to learn to some extent because it doesn't have some of the more sophisticated features. You can of course peruse the FTM forum at and get a good idea of all of it's warts. The other program I've tried is the RootsMagic trial version. I am still seriously thinking of buying RootsMagic for some of the side projects I do from time to time for family and friends. I admit that a part of my problem with RM is that I have to think about how to things work and I don't need to think about how the FTM works because I've used FTM for so long. That makes me biased towards FTM because I think I can be more productive in FTM. One the problems I have with RM ( which may not be rational) is that RM creates a lot of little files whereas FTM only has a working and backup file. For some reason my gut tells me that the integrity of all these files could be a problem. It seems like an amatuerish software design and that really bugs me. I am also concerned because a lot of the RM reviews seem to be hyped more than I would expect from an objective review though I admit that at least the reviewer's criticisms of FTM are pretty much on point.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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