Your letters, pictures and more
It was interesting to read the two letters in your August issue ( MF276) concerning the backward compatibility of files. This is an issue that won’t go away. I’m really pleased you’re addressing it so well, with your article in the previous issue and the updates here in Apple Talk. I wish Apple would take this issue on board, the way you’ve done.
I’m a fiction writer who is still accessing story-related files, chapters and edits I created from 1994 to today. This has meant a lot of work, keeping up to speed. A shift from Claris Works to AppleWorks, requiring an upgrade of every single document one at a time. Then a shift from AppleWorks to iPages ’08 that required upgrading every single document one at a time. And more recently, a shift from iPages ’08 to iPages ’09 – again, requiring an upgrade of every single document, one at a time. This upgrading takes me a couple of weeks each time now, because I have created a lot of documents over the past 20 years!
Why are developers not devising a way to upgrade items that were created in one software package to a newer one? All together in one slick motion? If these upgrades can be done document-by-document… then surely… I’m not a Luddite. I can live with changes in storage media. I just want to be able to access things I’ve created in the past without having to go through this conversion heehaw every time I upgrade my hardware and software. I can see from your letters that I’m not alone in this. So why are developers not addressing the issue?
In Pages, for example, you can convert your files to Plain Text files (one at a time, mind), which should be future-proof.