RootsMagic 4 – Status Report

I realized I hadn’t blogged in awhile, so I decided to give a quick status report on where we are with RootsMagic 4.  As I mentioned previously I won’t be trying to predict the future, but we are definitely getting closer.

Right now we’re having fun with our “community preview” which 2000 of our users signed up for.  This has been a great experience (for us anyways).  We were able to track down some performance issues we were unaware of when users started throwing databases with up to 2 million names at it.  We’ve gotten those addressed and are busy squishing bugs as we get ready for a public beta release, hopefully within the next 2 weeks.

The community preview has been very encouraging because of all the positive response and feedback we’ve received.  And the issues people have uncovered have been fixable (although some of those performance issues gave us some serious heartburn).

So keep an eye on the blog (or better yet tell your reader to keep an eye on it) for the announcement of the public beta.

RootsMagic 4 Unwrapped – “The Book”

One of our users (thanks Herb) wanted to share the information about RootsMagic 4 with his genealogy society, so he compiled all my “unwrapped” blog articles into an easy to follow PDF file.  It covers the sneak previews of RootsMagic 4 from beginning to end making it much easier to follow than tracking backwards through the blog.

If you want a copy of this PDF file to share with others, click here to download a copy.  It’s about a 6MB file (because of all the screenshots).  If the file just opens in your browser, you can just click the save option in the browser’s PDF viewer to save the file.  Or you can right click on the “click here” link above and choose the option to save the target and then save the file.

Oh, and if you were expecting this to be about “Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic” based on the title of this article… there *will* be an updated version of that book, although it probably will ship a month or two after the release of the actual program (there just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do both the software and book simultaneously).