RootsMagic has announced a public beta test of RootsMagic 4 genealogy software
(for Windows). During the beta period, which until March 31, you can download and try out the software free.
RootsMagic president Bruce Buzbee calls version 4 “the biggest release in our 20-year history of making genealogy software.”
New features include integrated web searching, improved source citation, sharing events among multiple persons, creating pre-defined groups of persons, person and place mapping, recording DNA tests and improved navigation and data entry.
RootsMagic 4 includes RootsMagic To-Go, which lets you install the program onto a USB drive, transfer data between it and your computer, and take your data with you anywhere. (Look for our article on running genealogy software from a flash drive in the May 2009 Family Tree Magazine
The program can directly import data from Personal Ancestral File, Family Tree Maker (through version 2006), Family Origins and Legacy Family Tree. It’s certified to work with “New FamilySearch,” FamilySearch’s Web-based program that’s being rolled out to LDS churches and will eventually be publicly available.
See an in-depth rundown of new features on the RootsMagic blog
. Click here to register for the beta version
; you'll get an e-mail with a link and registration key.Addition
: I asked Buzbee what happens when your RootsMagic 4 beta version expires. After March 31, the beta version reverts to a trial version, which has some disabled features and limits the amount of information you can enter. If you want to save what you entered in the beta version, you should export a GEDCOM before March 31.