As of my last knowledge, RootsMagic Essentials is a free genealogy software that offers basic features for tracking and organizing family history information. On the other hand, RootsMagic 8 is a more advanced and premium version of the software that comes with additional features and capabilities.
Here are some general distinctions between RootsMagic Essentials and RootsMagic 8:
RootsMagic Essentials: Free
RootsMagic 8: Requires purchase, and the cost may vary. Pricing models, discounts, and promotions can change over time.
RootsMagic Essentials: Provides essential features for basic genealogy research and organization.
RootsMagic 8: Includes advanced features, enhanced reporting tools, more options for data management, and potentially improved user interface and experience.
Reports and Charts:
RootsMagic Essentials: Limited report and chart options.
RootsMagic 8: Typically offers more advanced and diverse reporting and charting capabilities.
RootsMagic Essentials: Basic media management capabilities.
RootsMagic 8: May include more advanced media handling features.
Web Search Integration:
RootsMagic Essentials: May have limited or no integration with online databases for web searching.
RootsMagic 8: Might offer more advanced features for integrating and searching online databases.
RootsMagic Essentials: Limited support may be available for free users.
RootsMagic 8: Users may have access to more comprehensive technical support.
Please note that software versions and features can change over time, and it’s always a good idea to check the latest update. For more information you can call RootsMagic Support at +1-888-652-9580.