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The Toolkit: The Magic Continues
8/1/2014
RootsMagic adds charming wall charts and better book-publishing tricks to version 2.
The successor to the venerable Family Origins, RootsMagic wowed genealogists everywhere when it hit the market in early 2003. The program combined remarkable ease of use with a wealth of organizational features and outstanding reports. But it lagged in one area: creating graphical wall charts (read our review in the June 2003 Family Tree Magazine). In version 2, RootsMagic's creators have conjured up a capable charting program, improved book publishing and added many more enchanting features.

Hitting the charts

RootsMagic Chart, a program included with RootsMagic 2, lets you create ancestor, descendant and hourglass wall charts with your choice of colors and fonts. Each person's box can include a photograph, life dates and places, and other facts. You easily can move and resize boxes, add freeform text and shapes, and insert a background image.

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