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I'm wondering if you have any intention of adapting Families to work with other genealogical databases, particularly RootsMagic 4. I suspect that you do not use the Legacy database in the application and that Families Sync transforms the data between the Legacy database format and the Families database format. If so, perhaps there is no fundamental reason why Family Sync for RootsMagic 4 could not be developed and used with the current Families app. I'm sure there are other particular differences between Legacy and RootsMagic that may require enhancement of the app to be able to fully support RootsMagic but may not be a deal-breaker for the release of a first version.

Tom
(14-Aug-2010, 11:56 PM)ve3meo Wrote: [ -> ]I'm wondering if you have any intention of adapting Families to work with other genealogical databases, particularly RootsMagic 4. I suspect that you do not use the Legacy database in the application and that Families Sync transforms the data between the Legacy database format and the Families database format. If so, perhaps there is no fundamental reason why Family Sync for RootsMagic 4 could not be developed and used with the current Families app. I'm sure there are other particular differences between Legacy and RootsMagic that may require enhancement of the app to be able to fully support RootsMagic but may not be a deal-breaker for the release of a first version.

Tom

Families does not use the same database format as Legacy (Families Sync converts Legacy's Access database to a SqLite database), but it does use the same database structure.

Our first priority for further products is a version of Families for Android. Beyond that we have no definite plans, but would not rule out support for other genealogy products. There are two possible approaches to providing such support: 1) Use Families Sync to transform another product's database structure to Legacy structure (and back) to allow the current Families app to be used with it; and 2) produce a different version of the Families app to work with the different database structure. Both approaches have their pros and cons, and the choice may vary according to product. We would also need to consider the commercial viability of such a development, e.g. what is the installed user base of the PC product and therefore what is the potential for sales of the app, and does the PC product vendor have any plans for their own mobile product.

Malcolm Green
(16-Aug-2010, 09:28 AM)malgre Wrote: [ -> ]
(14-Aug-2010, 11:56 PM)ve3meo Wrote: [ -> ]I'm wondering if you have any intention of adapting Families to work with other genealogical databases, particularly RootsMagic 4.

Families does not use the same database format as Legacy (Families Sync converts Legacy's Access database to a SqLite database), but it does use the same database structure.

Thanks for the reply, Malcolm. RootsMagic 4 also uses a SQLite database and can import a Legacy database. Thus it would seem to be currently possible to transfer a Families database to RootsMagic via a Families Sync conversion to Legacy format and a RootsMagic 4 Import of that file. Not the most efficient way, of course, but perhaps a way of testing transparency in that one direction.

FYI, I maintain a Wiki that carries an unofficial documentation of the RootsMagic 4 database design at http://sqlitetoolsforrootsmagic4.wikispaces.com/

Is there any documentation on the Families database that you would be willing to share?

It would be interesting to know what the structural differences may be and what shortfalls may arise as a consequence of merely transposing between the existing SQLite database structures.
(16-Aug-2010, 09:28 AM)malgre Wrote: [ -> ]Our first priority for further products is a version of Families for Android. Beyond that we have no definite plans, but would not rule out support for other genealogy products.
Any progress on the RootsMagic front?
(18-Sep-2012, 11:52 PM)ve3meo Wrote: [ -> ]
(16-Aug-2010, 09:28 AM)malgre Wrote: [ -> ]Our first priority for further products is a version of Families for Android. Beyond that we have no definite plans, but would not rule out support for other genealogy products.
Any progress on the RootsMagic front?

There are no plans for supporting other specific products but we are working on a version for GEDCOM.

Malcolm Green
(19-Sep-2012, 08:34 AM)malgre Wrote: [ -> ]
(18-Sep-2012, 11:52 PM)ve3meo Wrote: [ -> ]
(16-Aug-2010, 09:28 AM)malgre Wrote: [ -> ]Our first priority for further products is a version of Families for Android. Beyond that we have no definite plans, but would not rule out support for other genealogy products.
Any progress on the RootsMagic front?

There are no plans for supporting other specific products but we are working on a version for GEDCOM.

Malcolm Green
Disappointing but logical! GEDCOM is such a constraint and fraught with different interpretations. If you could recognize and handle the extensions or customizations by various softwares, that would be a coup.