Well folks - this thread is quite depressing.I have been with UFT since it was ROOTS (c) Commsoft and I love it.
Commsoft put out some excellent programs during their time in this field, some of which I still use.I recall how impressed I was with the Tafel Exchange Program that, I believe, they spearheaded and when Sesame was announced I was quick to place an order simply based on that companies reputation. (As a matter of fact I just reloaded Sesame on my Win98 and have started using it again).
I have had some problems with UFT and I was hoping that they were not going to take the Microsoft Marketing approach (if you can't beat'em - buy them out then dump their product).
So, now I will be looking to another program that I can move all my data to with the least amount of loss.
My personal philosophy is to never stay with the product (or company if possible) that takes this kind of approach.
First, without offering DEEP (DEEP DEEP DEEP!)discounts on similar products you simply dis-enfranchise your customer base.And I don't consider products that do not have the same flexibility to be similar.
Second, and especially in the software industry, if you are going to dump a product that has a substantial customer base - then at least have the common courtesy to release the source code so there can be some level of support for existing problems and the changeover doesn't come as such a shock.This is even more important when you have program such as genealogy software, and your users have put a substantial amount of time into data entry.(In some cases - a substantial part of their lives is in data entry!)Unfortunately many software companies have yet to learn this lesson - and perhaps it is why so many software companies are going out of business.
I consider one of the strongest points Roots/UFT, was the ability (flexibility) to create your own templates.It was - despite the minor bugs that appeared in UFT an incredibly sound, robust and powerful program.I am sorry to see it go, but with its departure the company will experience my departure as a customer as well.