A Chance to Preview RootsMagic 4

From the latest RootsMagic Newsletter:

Do You Want to Play with a Preview Copy of RootsMagic 4?

Are you one of those users who wants to play with RootsMagic 4 before we actually release it? Well, now is your chance.

In mid-December we will begin a “community preview” of RootsMagic 4. This preview will be open to those current RootsMagic users who wish to try out a pre-release copy of RootsMagic. Keep in mind that the preview version could (I mean “will”) still have bugs in it, and shouldn’t be used for your real data.

But if you want a chance to play around with version 4, sign up for the preview at:

http://www.rootsmagic.com/preview

Fill out the information so we can verify that you are a current RootsMagic user and you will be notified when the community preview becomes available.

Holiday Deal: RootsMagic’s Biggest Holiday Offer Ever

With the holidays coming up, we often get requests from our users about buying copies of RootsMagic to give as gifts to their family or friends. And this year the requests have really come in asking whether the new version 4 will be ready in time for Christmas. Well, there’s bad news and there’s good news.

Despite working 16 hour days trying to get RM4 out in time for Christmas, it looks like it probably won’t be ready in time.

BUT… here is this year’s 5th Annual Holiday Offer (with a special twist).

In what has become something of a tradition, RootsMagic owners can buy gift copies of RootsMagic, Personal Historian, or Family Atlas at our $19.95 upgrade price. There is no limit on the number of discounted copies you can buy during this limited time offer which will expire December 19, 2008. You will receive the full program as well as a registration card for each copy
you order.

And here is the special twist… every gift copy of RootsMagic 3 that you buy through this special offer will come with a free download upgrade to version 4 when it is released. So you will be giving version 3 now, with a free download of version 4 as soon as it is released.

PLUS! We are adding an offer we have never made before. In addition to the $19.95 special price, you can also order our RootsMagic Family History Suite (which includes RootsMagic, Personal Historian, and Family Atlas) for just $49.95 (that’s $90 worth of software).

To take advantage of this offer, just visit:

http://www.rootsmagic.com/holidayoffer

or order by phone at 1-800-ROOTSMAGIC (1-800-766-8762).

itsourtree.com Releases Free Family Tree Software

Hamburg, October 27, 2008 – Users have to pay up to 84 USD for family tree software at Amazon.com. However, today the family social network itsourtree.com has released its desktop software called “Home Edition.” The software to build a family tree can be downloaded for free at www.itsourtree.com/home-edition.

The software enables users to edit and create a family tree on their own PC. If desired, they can then upload it to itsourtree.com and share it with relatives and friends. The Home Edition offers state-of-the-art usability and technology at no cost. Besides operating in the standard GEDCOM format the software also allows the printing of various familial lists in an appropriate genealogical standard.

Itsourtree.com co-founder Sven Schmidt states: “Like Google’s strategy of turning the expensive Keyhole software into the free Google Earth, we decided to offer a software that is usually pricy for free.” Co-founder Daniel Groezinger adds: “This is a ‘thank you’ for all the support we have got from our users. This also extends our internet strategy of offering top quality at no cost.”

Itsourtree.com, the fastest-growing family network worldwide, is a strong complementary to other genealogical resources. So far, more than 5 million families use the platform to combine genealogy with the fun of family communications.

About itsourtree.com
Apart from the English site, the services are available in Germany (www.verwandt.de), in Poland (www.moikrewni.pl), Spain and South America (www.miparentela.com), Portugal (www.meusparentes.com.pt), Brazil (www.meusparentes.com.br), the Netherlands (www.verwant.nl), Italy (www.parentistretti.it) and France (www.familleunie.fr). The platform will continue expanding to other European countries as well as worldwide. Itsourtree.com is supported by leading Business Angels, Hasso Plattner Ventures and Neuhaus Partners, a well-known venture capitalist.

RootsMagic Has a Blog

If you’re a fan of RootsMagic software (as I am), you’ll be pleased to know that president Bruce Buzbee has begun the RootsMagic blog. Regular readers of genealogy blogs will understand the significance of Bruce’s first post, “The RootsMagic ‘Insider’,” as a play on words regarding a certain genealogy subscription website’s blog. In this post, Bruce announces that RootsMagic 4 is “rumored” to be released soon. I’m very excited to hear confirmation of this rumor (I’ve been hearing about it for a while), and can’t wait to purchase the latest version.

I’ve blogged before about how I used FamilyOrigins for years (my dad found me a copy somewhere), and refused to switch to any other software even after the company went out of business, feeling it was superior to everything else that was being offered. One software company tried to advertise that their software was the “upgrade” from FamilyOrigins simply because they had bought out FamilyOrigins. I wasn’t fooled. When RootsMagic started up and took the original FamilyOrigins program and worked to improve and upgrade it, I was sold. They kept all that was good about FamilyOrigins and endeavored to make it the best and easiest-to-use family tree software available on the market, for a reasonable price. Unlike another genealogy software company that shall remain nameless, they don’t pump out a new version every one to two years “just because.”

Throughout the last couple of years on my blog, I’ve mentioned how much I love RootsMagic and how wonderful the source wizard is at creating quality citations. It’s software I recommend each and every time to all my Online Genealogy students or whenever I’m asked when I’m speaking at a genealogical society. I’ve seen a number of genealogy bloggers become sold on this software, too, Ruth of Bluebonnet Country Genealogy being the latest.

Even if you’re not a RootsMagic user, I hope you’ll become a reader of the RootsMagic blog. You’ll be sure to learn a lot about the way this software works, as well as upcoming features in the new version, during the next few posts.

RootsMagic Has a Blog

If you’re a fan of RootsMagic software (as I am), you’ll be pleased to know that president Bruce Buzbee has begun the RootsMagic blog. Regular readers of genealogy blogs will understand the significance of Bruce’s first post, “The RootsMagic ‘Insider’,” as a play on words regarding a certain genealogy subscription website’s blog. In this post, Bruce announces that RootsMagic 4 is “rumored” to be released soon. I’m very excited to hear confirmation of this rumor (I’ve been hearing about it for a while), and can’t wait to purchase the latest version.

I’ve blogged before about how I used FamilyOrigins for years (my dad found me a copy somewhere), and refused to switch to any other software even after the company went out of business, feeling it was superior to everything else that was being offered. One software company tried to advertise that their software was the “upgrade” from FamilyOrigins simply because they had bought out FamilyOrigins. I wasn’t fooled. When RootsMagic started up and took the original FamilyOrigins program and worked to improve and upgrade it, I was sold. They kept all that was good about FamilyOrigins and endeavored to make it the best and easiest-to-use family tree software available on the market, for a reasonable price. Unlike another genealogy software company that shall remain nameless, they don’t pump out a new version every one to two years “just because.”

Throughout the last couple of years on my blog, I’ve mentioned how much I love RootsMagic and how wonderful the source wizard is at creating quality citations. It’s software I recommend each and every time to all my Online Genealogy students or whenever I’m asked when I’m speaking at a genealogical society. I’ve seen a number of genealogy bloggers become sold on this software, too, Ruth of Bluebonnet Country Genealogy being the latest.

Even if you’re not a RootsMagic user, I hope you’ll become a reader of the RootsMagic blog. You’ll be sure to learn a lot about the way this software works, as well as upcoming features in the new version, during the next few posts.

Minor Update Available for RootsMagic Software

As a RootsMagic family tree software user, I received an e-mail today with a notification about a minor update:

A free minor RootsMagic update has been posted for download. The 3.2.5 update provides an updated help file for the charting part of RootsMagic which works under Vista. We have also added World Vital Records to the internet search feature of RootsMagic (Search > Internet Search). We will be talking more about World Vital Records in upcoming newsletters.

You can download the latest update at:

http://www.rootsmagic.com/updates/

I absolutely love RootsMagic, and always recommend it to others looking for quality genealogy software, whether in my genealogy society or the classes I teach! You can download a free trial version in which you can input up to 50 names here. To find other posts in which I mention how I use RootsMagic in my research, click on the category “software” in the right-hand sidebar.

Minor Update Available for RootsMagic Software

As a RootsMagic family tree software user, I received an e-mail today with a notification about a minor update:

A free minor RootsMagic update has been posted for download. The 3.2.5 update provides an updated help file for the charting part of RootsMagic which works under Vista. We have also added World Vital Records to the internet search feature of RootsMagic (Search > Internet Search). We will be talking more about World Vital Records in upcoming newsletters.

You can download the latest update at:

http://www.rootsmagic.com/updates/

I absolutely love RootsMagic, and always recommend it to others looking for quality genealogy software, whether in my genealogy society or the classes I teach! You can download a free trial version in which you can input up to 50 names here. To find other posts in which I mention how I use RootsMagic in my research, click on the category “software” in the right-hand sidebar.