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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000415.txt from 2000/09

From: "Mark Charette" <charette@-----.org>
Subj: Re: [kl] Finale Graphics
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 20:32:39 -0400

From: "Karl Krelove" <kkrelove@-----.com>
> > From: Andrea Bergamin [mailto:a.bergamin@-----.it]
> > Another problem is that Finale is not "retroactive"...
> >
> > You can open a Finale files made with a previous version but not
> > viceversa.
> >
> And I've complained, at times pretty stridently, to Coda about this. I can
> save files in any Microsoft product and most other productivity programs
> I've used in a format an older version can read. Only Coda insists it
would
> take too much development time to add this capability.

And they're right - not only Coda, but many, many other companies that
target a relatively small market say the same thing. It costs a lot of money
to make a new version compatible with an older one, especially those that
rely on advanced features. Most of my more complex Excel & Word 2000 files
will not convert back to Excel & Word 95 without significant (and sometimes
fatal) loss, and back one rev (to 98) causes somewhat less to loose
formatting.

And that's with a product that sells literally 10s if not 100s of millions
of copies.

Mark Charette@-----.org, who's written a lot of CAD & analysis programs in
his day that would not back convert - unless you think that converting a
NURB surface back to something that looks like IGES copious data a
conversion ...

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