RootsMagic, maker of RootsMagic desktop genealogy software for Windows, has released a free version called RootsMagic Essentials. The program contains many core features found in its namesake.
Its designed for people who want to start using genealogy software, but arent yet ready to purchase a full-fledged program. RootsMagic Essentials offers the ability to
- add an unlimited number of people and events to your tree
- add pictures and media management
- write source citations using the SourceWizard
- create dozens of reports and charts
- share data with other people and software programs.
It can directly import data from Personal Ancestral File, Family Tree Maker (through version 2006), Family Origins and Legacy Family Tree. It reads and writes data using the GEDCOM format.
The full version of RootsMagic 4, which includes additional faeatures, is available for $29.95. See the website for more details.
Speaking of the web, RootsMagic unveiled a sleek new site today. The navigation tabs with drop-down menus neatly organize the sites content so its easy to find.
You can download trial versions of other RootsMagic programs, too, including Personal Historian, FamilyAtlas and Family Reunion Organizer.