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RootsMagic 4.0

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User Review: 10 (1 times)
File size: 13.2MB
Platform: Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP
License: Trial
Price: $29.95
Downloads: 82
Date added: 2009-08-17
Publisher: RootsMagic, Inc.

RootsMagic 4.0 description

RootsMagic 4.0 is famous not only because it was announced by FormalSoft, a developer of quality genealogy software for over 12 years but because of its features as well. Making custom CDs to share with your family, direct integration with GenSmarts research suggestions, and many other new features keep RootsMagic 3 "the top of the genealogy tree".

Major Features:

  1. General Features
    • Runs under Windows Vista, XP, and 2000
    • System requirements: 64MB RAM, 160MB hard drive space, CDROM drive
    • Available on CD or by download
    • RootsMagic To-Go lets you run RootsMagic (program AND data) directly off your flash drive
    • Switch between pedigree, family, descendant, people list, or WebSearch views
    • View 5 or 6 generations at once on the pedigree view
    • View 2 through 7 generations at once on the descendant view
    • Person View gives a list view of everyone in your database
    • Easily track multiple relationships, such as adoptions, foster parents, etc
    • Single-file database format
    • Integrated backup and restore help safeguard your data
    • Back up directly to CD
  2. Easy to Learn and Use
    • Easier file management
    • Family members are automatically linked as you add them
    • Automatically checks for duplicates as you add people
    • Just double click on a person's name to edit that person
    • Streamlined edit screen is the easiest to use data entry screen available
    • RootsMagic Explorer lets you easily find and edit anyone in your family tree
    • Sidebar on main screen makes navigation easy
    • Resize edit and search dialogs to see as much information as you want
    • Customize the tool bar to include the functions you use most
    • Color-coded record comparisons makes it easy to spot differences
    • Easy to use Explorer-like help system
    • Video tutorial included on CD
  3. Organize Your Information
    • Open multiple databases on screen at the same time
    • Drag and drop people between databases
    • Automatically link dragged people into the other database
    • Open multiple copies (and views) of the same database
    • Add unlimited people, facts/events, notes, sources, and more
    • 60 predefined fact types (birth, marriage, death, occupation, religion, etc)
    • Create your own user defined fact types
    • Sharing events among multiple people lets you assign witnesses or other people involved in an event
    • Named Groups of People lets you create groups you can use in reports or other areas
    • See a person's age at every event on their edit page
    • Add private events that you can suppress from printing or exporting
    • Add private notes that you can suppress from printing or exporting
    • Alternate names in lists makes it easy to find a person by their other names
    • DNA test recording
    • Display relationships to root person on status bar
  4. Publish Your Family History
    • Make Shareable CDstm to give to others, with custom menu and a read-only version of RootsMagic
    • RootsMagic Publisher lets you create complete books with narrative, notes, charts, photos, source bibliography, index, and more.
    • Include cover and title pages, copyright, dedication, acknowledgement, preface pages
    • Include table of contents
    • Include free form text pages
    • Customize your index format and number of columns
    • Place index in reports
    • Print to printer, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), or export to your word processor (RTF)
    • Customize headers, footers, margins, fonts for any printout
  5. Spectacular Wall Charts
    • Ancestor Wall Charts in any orientation (left to right, bottom to top, etc)
    • Descendant Wall Charts in any orientation (top to bottom, left to right, etc)
    • Hourglass Charts (combined ancestors and descendants) in any orientation (top to bottom, left to right, etc)
    • Timeline Charts
    • Drag and drop to resize and move individual boxes
    • Add a background image or color
    • Print charts up to 57 feet wide
    • Print charts on regular size paper and tape together, or print on large format printer
    • Export charts to JPG, EMF, and other graphic formats
    • Add freeform text, photos, and shapes to your charts
  6. Reports
    • Improved report engine
    • Direct e-mailing of reports from the print preview
    • Pedigree Charts (standard and cascading)
    • Family Group Sheets
    • Narrative reports (modified register, register (NEHGS), indented descendancy, Henry descendancy, D'Aboville descendancy, and ancestor)
    • Select the size of pictures in narrative reports (books)
    • Include pictures in narrative reports printed to rich text (RTF) files
    • Ancestor and descendant box charts
    • Print color coding in pedigree charts, group sheets, box charts, narrative reports, wall charts, ahnentafel, descendant list, and timelines
    • Individual summary prints everything you know about a person
    • Calendars with birthdays and anniversaries
    • Improved custom report designer
    • Relationship chart shows exactly how two people are related
    • Scrapbook of pictures for people, families, sources, and places
    • Address labels for mailings
    • Dozens of lists
  7. Multimedia
    • Improved multimedia handling
    • Attach photographs, sound clips, video clips and documents to any person, family, place, source, or event
    • Scan photos directly into RootsMagic
    • Photo editor lets you adjust sharpness, brightness, contrast, and rotate and zoom images
    • Include photos in your books, group sheets, and other printouts
  8. Documenting Your Family History
    • SourceWizard automatically writes proper sources for you
    • Improved SourceWizard based on Evidence!, Evidence Explained, and Cite Your Sources
    • Customizable sentence templates means you aren't limited by built-in source types
    • BCG-standard source qualities lets you examine your evidence the way the professionals do
    • Add notes and stories/notes to any fact or person
    • Easy to use source list tracks all your documentation (certificates, census, books, etc)
    • Easily merge duplicate sources from the master source list
    • Add a source to multiple people at once
    • Easily make a copy of a source
    • Enter each source only once, then reuse it elsewhere
    • Add a global source to each person when importing a GEDCOM file.
    • Track repositories where the sources are found
    • Print your documentation (notes and sources) in your reports, summaries, and forms
  9. Internet Features
    • Integrated WebSearch
    • New FamilySearch certified synchronization (here are some tutorials)
    • Automatically create a website including photos, notes, sources, index, surname list, GEDCOM file, email, etc
    • Six types of websites: pedigree charts, group sheets, combo pedigree chart / group sheet, descendant narrative, ancestor narrative, alphabetical narrative
    • CSS-styled websites
    • Add your own links to your home page
    • "Privatize" living persons in your website
    • Automatically check for updates to your software
    • Family Reunion Planner
  10. Research Features
    • GenSmarts integration to get research suggestions from inside RootsMagic
    • Add GenSmarts suggestions to your RootsMagic to-do list with one click
    • "To do" list lets you keep track of research you still need to do for any person or family
    • Correspondence Log keeps track of all your incoming and outgoing correspondence
  11. Tools
    • Place name standardization and geocoding
    • Mapping people and places
    • Bookmark any individuals in your database
    • History list lets you backtrack through last 200 people visited
    • Back button moves back to previously visited people
    • Spell Checker checks the current notes, or all notes.
    • Live spell checking
    • Global search and replace for notes, names, places, etc.
    • Color code groups of individuals in your database
    • Counts the number of separate trees in your database.
    • Date calculator
    • Pop up calendar when entering dates
    • Relationship calculator shows you the relationship between any two people
    • Soundex calculator (including alternate methods)
    • Powerful merge capabilities, including SmartMerge and ShareMerge
    • Prioritized merge list
    • Mark possible duplicates as "not a match"
    • Interactive problem list (edit problem person or family directly from problem list)
    • Mark possible problems as "not a problem"
    • Search by name, record number, dates, places, notes, and many other types of data
    • Place list lets you enter place history, latitude and longitude for each place
  12. Compatibility
    • Direct Family Tree Maker import (version 16 and earlier)
    • Direct PAF import (versions 2.x and later)
    • Direct Family Origins import (versions 4 and later)
    • Direct Legacy import (versions 2 and later)
    • Full GEDCOM 5.5 support so you can exchange data with other programs
    • GEDCOM import option to combine into current database or create a new database
    • Full LDS support.  LDS support can be turned on or off.

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