This morning I awoke to an email from Heredis, the new genealogy software I tried a couple of months ago. I had liked what I saw in the limited trial so much, I purchased the software.
Unfortunately, however, I soon discovered the Achilles heel of this software. It interprets unusual date formats in very weird and confusing ways. I immediately returned to my old standby and still current favorite RootsMagic.
If custom dates such as Quaker date formats and date ranges as described in my response email (copied below) are not important to you, you’ll really like this software.
They were very understanding about my predicament and immediately refunded the purchase price.
Here is the email I received and my response:
My name is [name removed for privacy] and I have been working with Heredis for 4 years. Heredis is a genealogy software program that has been widely appreciated in Europe for almost 20 years and has now been launched world-wide.
I notice that you keep a genealogical blog and as an expert in genealogy, we would very much like to have your opinion on our software. We want to know if Heredis will be able to meet your expectations as a genealogist.
We would therefore be very pleased to offer you a copy of the Heredis program. To do this, simply reply to my email and tell me if you want the version for Windows or the Mac version. I can also send you both if necessary.
We also have a version for iOS (iPhone / iPad / iPod touch) which is available free on the App store.
Here is a video presentation of the Heredis Blue Suite: PC, Mac and iOS versions: http://youtu.be/5a8CcqpIhSc
I hope this information will be of interest to you.
Do not hesitate to contact me for any further information.
Hoping to hear from you soon,
[Name removed for privacy.]
I’d gladly give some feedback. I had purchased Heredis a few months ago and loved what I could see of it in the trial, so went ahead and purchased. However, after purchasing, I discovered while inputting data from the medieval period that I was not able to input custom date formats (like I can in Rootsmagic). If you search in my blog for ‘Heredis’ you will see the previous post(s) where I wrote about it.
An example of my dilemma is a date from the medieval period where it`s almost impossible to be specific about dates, so I use ranges of possibility instead. I do not like to guess at dates as this makes future research confusing and difficult. Such a date could be “between (about June 1128) and 1135″. This tells me later, at a glance that the date will fall in the time period between approximately June of 1128 and the year 1135. Then I can input a sort date in a hidden field to enable the data to behave in the sort (i.e. if this date is known to fall before a death in 1135, I would place the sort date at 1134, so it falls in the correct order in the data).
With Heredis, these custom dates were not left as I input them. They were translated in very weird and inaccurate ways.
If you ever accommodate unusual and custom dates, I would seriously look at your software again.