Have you missed the pre-release hype? I sure did. Today’s announcement of Facebook caught me by surprise!
The Facebook post contains a link to the RootsMagic Blog. The blog contains a list of the new features and a video: What’s New in RootsMagic 9?
Thru MONDAY, MARCH 6th, 2023, one can purchase RootsMagic 9 for $20.
Not only has RootsMagic published these intro videos, but they have also published videos detailing many of these new features:
- Getting Started with RootsMagic 9
- New Data Tools in RootsMagic 9
- Save Task Filters in RootsMagic 9
- Publishing Books with RootsMagic 9
- The New Media Album in RootsMagic 9
- New Saved Searches in RootsMagic 9
- Working with Groups in RootsMagic 9
- Enhanced Color Coding Features in RootsMagic 9
- New ‘Associations’ Feature in RootsMagic 9
Be sure to check out the RootsMagic YouTube channel for additional videos.
While I haven’t had time to check out all of these new features, the $20 price tag and the lure of being able to spell check the notes prompted me to purchase RootsMagic 9.
Once I completed the purchase, I had an email containing the download link an my registration key. As per my normal practice, I saved that registration key!
After downloading and installing RootsMagic 9, I opened the program. I was asked whether I wanted to CONVERT my file.
Not knowing whether it would create a new file by renaming my RootsMagic 8 file, I copied my RootsMagic 8 file just in case. Then I clicked on the CONVERT button.
The conversion was quick and my file opened. Since the file name did NOT change during the conversion, I’m glad that I made a copy. However, the new features are compelling! Thus, I will stick with version 9 and learn to use these features!
One feature that I have investigated is spell check.
With the note open, I clicked on the 3 vertical dots to open the menu.
At the bottom of that menu, is SPELL CHECK. Clicking on ‘that menu item ‘Spell check’ causes the program to use the built in spell checking feature (Windows in my case) to check the spelling of the note. If no errors are found, nothing happens.
If an ‘error’ is found, a window pops up showing the word that is ‘Not in Dictionary’ and suggestions. I can Ignore Once, Ignore all, or Add to dictionary. Many surnames will show up as misspelled the first time this tool is used. However, adding the surname to the dictionary will prevent surnames from being identified as misspelled.
Playing around with this feature, I discovered that abbreviations such as Mr. and Mrs. will also come up as misspelled. I elected to ‘Ignore all’ for these abbreviations.
While I plan to use many of the other new features, I will have to do some thinking and planning for how I will use them.
- Associates Feature — How can I use this feature to connect all of the people in my Garrard County, Kentucky research?
- Color Coding — Can I create a Color code group for all of my Crawford research, using different colors for the various lines — especially the yDNA lines?
It will be interesting to see how others use some of these new features!