Two major announcements for fans of RootsMagic – one, as has been mentioned/hinted at in the past, the folks behind RootsMagic are working on an OS X-native version of RootsMagic, the popular Windows genealogy program.
The other major announcement, one that concerns the here and now, is that they have released MacBridge for RootsMagic, a utility that allows you to run the Windows version of RootsMagic 6 on top of OS X without the need for a virtual machine (such as Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion) or a WINE or CrossOver environment/layer. It does use the native filesystem of your Mac. It’s on sale for $9.95 (normally $14.95).
This is welcome news for those RootsMagic fans who are wanting to switch to Macs, and who don’t want to go through a full install of Windows, or deal with compatibility layers/emulators.
Below is the press release:
One of the most common questions we are asked is, “When will RootsMagic run on a Mac?” With today’s release of MacBridge for RootsMagic 6, the answer is “right now”. MacBridge for RootsMagic 6 allows you easily install and run RootsMagic on your Mac in mere minutes with almost no additional setup or configuration.
MacBridge for RootsMagic is different than other solutions you may be familiar with. For starters, it does not install Windows on your Mac. It also does not create a slow and bulky virtual computer. It runs right on your Mac, using your Mac file system. You can even put the RootsMagic icon on your dock for easy one-click access! So while we are busily working on an actual native Mac version of RootsMagic, MacBridge for RootsMagic 6 gives you the ability to work on a Mac today.
A video on the installation of MacBridge for RootsMagic 6:
Link for iPad/iPhone users: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPVbGscoI8w