UPDATE 7 MAY 2016
After spending the better part of a year working with Reunion, I’ve decided to make yet another switch. I’ve concluded Reunion is quite limiting for my work flow; I need both the visual ability to see my file in a tree view as well as the spreadsheet view that I loved in RootsMagic. That is, I love RootsMagic’s columns in which one can easily see at a glance whether there are sources, notes and media attached to each event. In addition, I felt like I was forever clicking away to get to the correct screen in Reunion, and there was no way to see shared events with a spouse in Reunion on the individual’s page. I’ve been dabbling around with Family Tree Maker the last couple of weeks, and after discussing the future of the program with their representative at NGS (see blog post here), I’ve decided to make the switch to FTM. So far I’m loving the application.
At the risk of being called a genealogical heretic, I’ve come to the resounding conclusion that my genealogy software program is just that – a program that manages data and relationships in my family tree. It does not matter which program I use – just that it works in my workflow.
Hello? Are you still there? If you haven’t closed your browser’s window on me yet, here’s my rationale: whether I use Legacy, RootsMagic, Reunion or another program, the real work is done elsewhere – in Excel spreadsheets and Word documents.
While I have been one of RootsMagic’s biggest fans (and remain a huge advocate for the program), I’ve been debating a switch to Reunion since becoming a Mac user in 2013. Continue reading