I have been waiting since V7 for TMG to move from the long obsolete Visual FoxPro environment to a modern programming environment that fully supports multiprocessing CPUs, large RAM and UNICODE.
I was devastated when V8 was released, again based on obsolete software technology. A number of users pointed out the need for TMG to be rewritten in order to support the improved hardware/software environment. This was met by stony silence from Wholly Genes.
Now, V9 is announced with the comment "After eight free upgrades in v8, there is a charge for this upgrade." While I have no problem in principle with supporting Wholly Genes and paying for a new version, let me humbly point out that a new version should not be defined by how many free updates to the previous version have been released. A new version implies significant new functionality.
I my view, V9 should have been called v8.09, since the long hoped for rewrite and upgrade are still nowhere in sight.
I use a high end laptop with current generation multi-core CPU and 16 GB RAM. TMG uses little of this. I might as well be running on an IBM PC/XT.
Re-indexing my large database takes 9.5 minutes. The process uses 12.5% of 1 of 8 available cores and only 309.5 MB of the available 16 GB RAM. In addition, TMG9 still does not fully support UNICODE (for non-Western alphabets) and will never support it as long as it is Visual FoxPro based. Also, TMG has never included a high quality export function, allowing data to be exported to a neutral environment.
I really can't put into words how frustrated and disappointed I am with Wholly Genes and TMG.
TMG should have migrated to a modern software environment several years ago. Will it EVER happen? I'm doubtful.
I like TMG quite a bit and would like to see it improve. Based on V9, I'm very depressed and discouraged.