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Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Jan Fo­ley

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.

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