Some of you might remember that I had an article series called the "New FamilySearch Tree Sagas". It was about my adventures in working with NFS. It lasted 12 weeks and the last article was on August 16, 2008. Just because it ended doesn't mean that I finished the combining of my family members on NFS. I actually only got as far as the first four generations.
It was so hard to be motivated each week to work on my families in NFS and write an article about it. When I missed a few weeks I decided to just let it die. I love NFS, I just hate how painfully slow it is to do anything in it. Then I had to keep track of what I had in my own genealogy database vs. what NFS had. The switching back and forth just switched me off of using it. Besides, I knew there was a better way coming. I could afford to wait, since NFS wouldn't be live in my area for a long time.
Since my last article FamilyInsight and Ancestral Quest 12.1 have come out, and each will sync your PAF files with NFS. I have been invited to test both of these programs and write a review on them. Let me just say that since I don't use PAF or AQ I wasn't feeling to motivated to try either of them. But, I knew it would be a good thing for my readers. Plus and it would allow me to learn how to help family history center patrons that might be using those programs.
Then something interesting happened... I started participating in the RootsMagic 4 Community Preview. In this preview you can sync your RootsMagic database with NFS. It's been fun again to work on NFS. In fact it can be down right addicting. I know I should be helping out and testing other features of the program but I wanted to move through my people on NFS and work on the combining. Everytime there is a new build of RM4 I have to start all over again on the syncing with my RM database. The good thing is that the combining I did through the program on NFS stays combined. I am actually killing two birds with one stone.
This all got me to thinking about reviewing all of these family history programs that will sync with NFS, i.e. Ancestral Quest, Family Insight, RootsMagic and eventually Legacy. I am going to make myself do it! My first item of business is to watch the tutorials that each of the vendors have provided.
Ancestral Quest 12.1 - http://www.ancquest.com/Ver12-1Tutorials.htm
10 Tutorials = 50 min. One short overview = 11 min
(60 day free trial of the program)
FamilyInsight - http://www.ohanasoftware.com/?sec=lessons&page=FamilyInsightTutorial
3 Tutorials = 14 min.
(60 day free trial of the program)
RootsMagic 4 - http://rootsmagic.com/fs/
4 Tutorials = 25 min
Not yet available but will be soon! Watch for the Public Beta announcement on this blog.
If you followed along with me and watched all the tutorials it is now 1 hour and 29 minutes later! Here are some of my impressions of the videos.
Ancestral Quest scares me. So many, many screens and procedures to remember. The lack of color of the video made me almost fall asleep. Come on Gaylon get a little color into your life. It's so colorless and bland that it's distracting. That said, AQ does give you detail. I think I just need to appreciate what's in the package and not how it's delivered.
FamilyInsight - Love the new website design John! Made me look forward to seeing your videos. They were well done. It wasn't until I saw the video on "Edit places with FamilyInsight" that I remembered that's why I left PAF for Legacy. I needed to clean up my localities in my database and there was no easy way to do that in PAF. Appreciated the color on your screens. You have given PAF a new coat of paint. I also think FamilyInsight is the only one that shows how to uncombine people on NFS.
RootsMagic - Well, I am very biased on this program. It's also the only one I have hands on experience with. Appreciated the color Bruce - it's easy on the eyes. Hopefully those watching it could see that the pop-up screens are very intuitive and lead you as to where you need to go, while working with NFS. Love FamilySearch Central.
Well, if you haven't watched the videos I suggest you take the time to do so.
See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!