Since I have some experience now using both softwares I decided to compare some of the features I use most often here:
First of all starting the program there is a difference in the time it takes for them to load. Rootsmagic generally loads immediately. Family Tree Maker never loads quickly. It can take between 1 to 3 minutes to load, and other times won't load at all? Family Tree Maker is also prone to freezing up while you are using it.
Looking at the primary screen Family Tree Maker lays out a great deal of data on one page, which can be useful when it comes to analyzing your data.
|The hated no search dialog box at Rootsmagic|
|The preferred Family Tree Maker searchable dialog box|
|You can see the difference when you compare this image from Rootsmagic with the FTM viewer below|
|Family Tree Maker media viewer|
|This is the narrative generated by Rootsmagic|
|Smart Story Family Tree Maker|
|Page produced with Rootsmagic scrapbook.|