Let me introduce you to a brand new Mac user. Me! I have been using my MacBook Pro for about a month now. So far I am very happy with it. I do not know of one person who has migrated to a Mac and not been happy with it. That says a lot, I think.
I have been busy learning as I go. I have a "cheat sheet" of links I need to explore still, that the salesman gave me when I purchased my Mac. I am sure I will learn much more with those links.
Of course, like many others, I have been wrapped up with all the Roots Magic excitement, trying to keep up with the live streaming, and tweets, etc. I listened in to the recently live streamed program hosted my Laura Prescott. She did a wonderful presentation, very informative.
The problem I have is that Laura introduced me to another family tree program to consider for the Mac. I was already having a difficult time trying to make a decision. I previously had been aware of several programs, Family Tree Maker for Mac, Reunion, and even Roots Magic. Roots Magic can be used on a Mac if you purchase Fusion, which will run WIndows based programs on the Mac. I had been using Roots Magic to make my "as perfect as I can for me," family tree. I have Legacy, Family Tree, and Roots Magic now. I hate the thought of giving up any of them really.
I can not afford to try them all by any means and I am having a very difficult time choosing just one program. Laura Prescott stated in her presentation that she loves and uses TNG, the Next Generation. This one was new to me. I have heard of it, but didn't know anything about it. This program has now been thrown in the mix of what program shall I choose? Like I needed to add any...
I tweeted that I wish a company who is attending RootsTech would just sent me one of their programs, it would be so much easier for me than trying to make a decision on just one of them. Of course, it was just a tweet, and really just a comment. I have been driving myself crazy this week with this dilema.
As of yesterday I thought I had narrowed the decision down to two different programs, but now I am back to three. Thanks Laura! :-) I am happy to have all the choices available to me now though, and not later. Of course I have no patience and really wish I had a program on my Mac NOW!
I have no idea what is going to help me make a decision, nor how long this is going to take. I can go by price, whether there are updates, renewals each year, performance, wonderful source templates, looks, ease...I can go one. Maybe I have to make a list for each one, with the good and the bad for the program?
I am actually amazed about how confused I feel over something as simple as choosing a family tree program. I suppose it is because I want this to be the very last time I change programs for many, many years. Maybe I am being unrealistic though.
So, you see? If I could just get a program in the mail, I would just use that specific program. Knowing this isn't likely to happen however, I will continue my analysis of these programs and hope to make a decision sooner than later. Of course I welcome all comments!
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