Wednesday, March 4, 2009

RootsMagic Beta release

The long awaited RootsMagic Beta is finally here. (Along with the most awesome picture of the back of everyone at last week's conference.)

Some of the new, wonderful features include:
  • RootsMagic To Go--never done before in any other software--you can run the full software off a jump drive so that you can take it anywhere. So handy.
  • Shareable Events so that when you have entered the data and sources for one person, you just one-click it all to anyone else that was there.
  • Shareable CDs that run on their own when you send a copy of your database to family members. They don't have to have any software or downloads to look at your data. Ok, not new but cool.
  • FamilySearch Central screen that allows you to get a birds eye view of what you have linked to the new database and what has changed.
  • Unicode support for other languages to keep the accuracy on all my foreign ancestors. They didn't all speak English.
  • Source Templates with BCG standards and the ability to create new templates because it seems like every genealogical source has something strange about it.
  • Lite and Fast processing so that it doesn't take over your computer. Bruce and Mike have worked really hard on this. The New FamilySearch interaction speed is amazing.
  • Easy-on-the-eyes Clean Screens and soft colors that I really like.
  • Incredibly nice guys who program it. What more can I say?
Check out the RootsMagic blog for whole low-down on all the new features.

Here is the press release:

RootsMagic Invites Public to Preview Family Tree Software

Free Preview of Leading Genealogy Software Now Available to the Public

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — March 4, 2009 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced RootsMagic 4 public beta, the latest version of the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy and enjoyable. During the public beta period, all are invited to download and experience the software, free of charge.

Impressive New Features

“RootsMagic 4 is the biggest release in our 20-year history of making genealogy software,” said Bruce Buzbee, president. “We’ve updated RootsMagic to work with the latest genealogical technologies available today, while staying true to our mission to make family history easy, accessible, and fun.”

RootsMagic 4 boasts an impressive list of new features including integrated web search, improved SourceWizard for citing sources, sharing events among multiple persons, creating pre-defined groups of persons, person and place mapping, recording DNA tests, and improved navigation and data entry. RootsMagic 4 is also one of the only desktop genealogy programs certified to work with “New FamilySearch”.

Freeing Your Data

“A common request that we hear from people is that they don’t want their data to be trapped in their computer,” said Michael Booth, vice-president of development. “One of the most popular features in RootsMagic 3 is our ‘Shareable CD’ which puts your data and pictures onto a CD or DVD along with a special copy of RootsMagic. You can then give the discs to family and friends and they don’t have to buy or install anything. It’s all there on the disc.”

“We’ve taken that a step further in RootsMagic 4,” explains Booth. “One unique and exciting new feature is ‘RootsMagic To-Go’. It allows you to install RootsMagic onto a USB drive and transfer data between it and your computer. This gives you the freedom to take RootsMagic and your data wherever you go- to work, on vacation, to the library- anywhere.”

Free and Available Now

RootsMagic 4 beta is available now for free at “We’re so excited about this new release, we wanted to give everyone a risk-free option to try it for themselves,” said Buzbee. Each person who wishes to participate will be given a registration key which will allow them to download and experience the software for the duration of the public beta period.

Users of other genealogy software products will find it easy to experiment with RootsMagic 4 using their own data. RootsMagic can directly import data from PAF, Family Tree Maker (through 2006), Family Origins, and Legacy Family Tree. It can also read and write data using the popular GEDCOM format.

The public beta also gives users the chance to give feedback and suggestions to improve the software. “Customer feedback is essential to us. All of the changes and improvements in RootsMagic 4 are in direct response to needs and desires expressed by our users,” said Booth. Buzbee added, “We’ve already received invaluable comments and suggestions from the early testers and we’re looking forward to hearing from the general public.”

About RootsMagic, Inc.

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. One of our earliest products- the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with “RootsMagic”, our award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And “Family Atlas” creates beautiful and educational geographic maps of your family history.

For more information, visit .

Source: RootsMagic, Inc.

No comments: