The situation: a file ten-years in the making with FTM no longer would open in Dec 2008. Help was sought from these Forums, from Google searches, from ancestry.com's support, etc. The remedies of "open the file and run FileFixer" (and various keypresses) weren't usable, since the file could not BE opened. The remedy of "send the file to ancestry's support tech" failed to work (taking nine hours of uploading) due to what is presumed to be the ISP's limit on files of 2GB or more. When I cut the file into pieces with software found on the web, the tech said no, don't send, for the remedies you have knowledge of are the same he would use.
I sought other software and happened upon a trial copy of RootsMagic3 (RM3). Its File menu offered the importing of FTM files. I used it. It speedily raced through my FTM database and voila! I found myself looking at my ten years of work. AND THE GRAPHICS WERE ALL THERE TOO.
If RM3 can read my data, why can't FTM? I tried the 2006 version, the 2006 version update, and purchased 2009. None of them read my data.
Do I like RM3 well enough to QUIT FTM? Well, I am lost with the different "appearance" of the screen, and the different icons, and the loss of the terrific search-and-replace routine that FTM has. The greatest consternation is that in the importing of all my graphics, RM3 assigned its own filenames (lengthy ones up to 120 characters) and unknowing of my file directory tree, dumped all 9000 into one "folder" (as MSFT now refers to the directory).
I tried making a GEDCOM with RM3, and importing it back into FTM, but since FTM does not import graphics, I am left with a massive chore of having to locate, and sort, import, and clean up the filenames of 9000 graphics.
Too, the import pumped out a slew of 91 some errors, telling me the line number on which the error occurred, but not telling me the name of the individual, nor the Ref No., nor any clue as to how I am to correlate the line number to the GED. Am I supposed to PRINT the GED? Would I find line numbers on such a printout?
Are there any other Forum folks who can guide me to a solution of getting FTM to read the very file that RM3 is able to do? I think that would make me happy. Otherwise, I am going to have to move to RM3, aren't I, to get back to research work on genealogy?
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