For the past 2 years I have been using FTM 2019 on the Mac for my data mastering and research. I had originally switched from RM v7 packaged to run on Mac. The reason for my change was a combo of personal priority, indicators for limited life support for RM v7 and delay issues associated with the emergence of RM v8. More recently I have avoided RM v8 given Mac stability, quality and performance issues already identified in this forum. Now with release of RM v9 I’m ready to give it go, especially with exciting announce of support for Associations.
I am very well acquainted with the family historian predicament of data loss for Gedcom file exchanges between differing vendor products. So my first question:
Which is best way to migrate data from FTM 2019 to RM v9 avoiding / minimising data loss?
a) Export Gedcom file from FTM and then import into RM v9? [I understand there is likely data loss with this approach.]
b) Export a native FTM 3.1 file from FTM, import into RM v7 (as native pre FTM 2014), then import RM v7 into RM v9? [More hurdles, but avoids Gedcom.]
Have any members put together a standard Gedcom v5.5.1 standard compliance check for RM import / export [to be updated of course for v9]? [I am extremely concerned about potential data loss about any move from FTM, in particular in the area of sources and citations - a subject area of infamy when it comes to vendors interpreting the Gedcom standard differently I understand.]
RM v7 really was/is a gold standard tool. I’ve noticed in forum contributions that there are identified instances of function drop when compared to RM v8. Aside from new capability introduced in RM v9, there are also some examples of dropped function being reintroduced e.g. export HTML. So has anyone compiled a feature comparison between RM v7, v8, v9 that they can share? [Gedcom alignment is part of this too.]
Getting some reasonable answers to the above will greatly assist my deliberations about using RM v9 as my data mastering system. Hope some kind folk can help, thank you.