The makers of RootsMagic have been hard at work with the latest version of RootsMagic 4, and this latest installment implements some requested new features, and well as fixing a number of pesky bugs.

If you have the RootsMagic News screen come up when you start RootsMagic, it may have already notified you of this update.  If not, you can do “HelpCheck for Updates” from the RootsMagic menu to download and install this update.

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Below is a listing of the new, fixed, and updated items in this update:

– New Research Notes report (prints the source detail text and comments for a person or family)
– Timeline lists now support source citations
– Added wordwrap command to note editor
– Added “Mark by parents” and “Unmark by parents” to the “Select Families” list to allow criteria for selecting families
– Added “Unused Places List” to show places in your database that aren’t used by any events
– Added sex, birth and death dates to the edit family screen in Tools > Problem list

– Pasting into RM notes now preserves bold, italics, and underlining
– Sped up duplicate search, SmartMerge, and ShareMerge
– Sped up scrolling through the list of potential duplicate records
– Sped up incremental search in the place list (for databases with large number of places)
– Fixed crashing when doing some “Fix broken media links” commands
– Print preview now defaults to 100% zoom (actual size)
– Info on right side of correspondence list (Lists > Correspondence) now shows type and sent/received properly
– Direct PAF import brings Military and Mission into existing RM fact types
– New FamilySearch import now imports sealing to spouse properly
– Sentence display on Edit Person screen displays alternate names properly now
– Parent name prefixes and suffixes are now displayed in Edit Person screen
– Some names in group sheets weren’t including the prefix or suffix
– Some names in individual summaries weren’t including the prefix or suffix
– Searching for dates containing terms like “the” or “/” works properly now
– Fixed problem where some identical sources wouldn’t automerge
– Fixed several reports / screens where accented characters didn’t uppercase properly
– Importing UTF-8 GEDCOM files w/o a Byte Order Marker (BOM) works properly now
– PAF import now converts private notes
– GEDCOM import converts private notes from PAF and Legacy GEDCOMs
– GEDCOM import reads ALIA tags in Generations GEDCOM files as alternate names
– Group timeline list now has place as a separate column
– Explorer now shows spouse for marriage events that don’t have a place
– Place details print for family events on the individual summary now
– Uppercasing month in narrative report dates doesn’t uppercase modifier text anymore
– Side list index and People view update after the automatic merges (ShareMerge/SmartMerge)
– View is refreshed after merges are performed
– Notes for shared events now print on Group Sheet and Individual Summary
– Issue with merging sometimes losing media attached to events
– Changed Cebu Philippines temple code from CEBU to CEBUP
– Added 6 new temples: Manaus Brazil, San Salvador, Quetzaltenango, Kansas City, Calgary, Brigham City

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