I’m now trying to run RM9 and RM7 in full parallel mode, entering new information and changes first in RM9 and then in RM7. So I’m noticing even more than usual those things that seem hard in RM9 and that shouldn’t be. For example, in RM7 you can highlight a person in any view and immediately be able to see their full Birth, Marriage, and Death data in an information box at the top of the screen. The same Marriage information is hard to see in RM9.
In the example below, I need to see the Marriage information for Dean Christine (Tina) Richard when she is highlighted. The information is readily available in her information box in RM7. To see the same information in RM9, I have to scroll the information box at the top of the left side panel, or else I have to open the Edit Person screen.
The information box at the top of the left side panel does not provide the ease of use as the old information box at the top of the screen. Granted, the RM9 information panel contains more information than the RM7 information panel. Namely, it contains information about all a person’s facts. But it’s a tiny space and most of my people have lots of facts which means lots of scrolling. The information is very hard to use. If I really want to see all the person’s facts in RM9, it’s much better just to open the Edit Person screen. And if all I want to see is basic BMD information, the RM7 information panel is a much better design.
The reason the marriage information is so important in this case is that I am transcribing the 1940 census record for Tina Richard onto my Web site, an activity that takes place completely outside of RM. Except that when I transcribe a census record onto my Web page, I include a little narrative about the person that in this case includes the information that Tina Richard married Denver Ailey who was my second cousin. I include the date and place of the marriage in my little narrative. So I need the marriage information to do my transcription, and I look in RM to get the marriage information. Looking in RM7 is just fine. Looking in RM9 is not so fine. This is just a small thing, but there are many such small things that make RM9 harder to use than it should be.
By the way, after getting the Marriage information I needed by looking at RM7, I realized that I could have gotten the same information by looking at Denver Ailey in RM9. But that only worked because I was in Family View. It doesn’t work in any other view. And it only worked because Denver Ailey was in the father’s position in Family View, which is the only position which shows Marriage information.