[Scribus] file format 1.3.3.x and 1.3.4

Axel Bojer axelb
Wed Nov 29 23:28:25 CET 2006

Louis Desjardins skrev:
> Craig Bradney a ?crit :
>> On Wednesday 29 November 2006 20:46, Gregory Pittman wrote:
>>> avox wrote:
>>>> Gregory Pittman wrote:
>>>>> I just noticed recently that 1.3.3.x versions cannot import 1.3.4cvs
>>>>> files. Is this going to be a permanent issue?
>>>> Yes. We only provide backward compatibility, not forward compatibility.
>>>> 134cvs is a development version with a lot of file format changes. You
>>>> should only use it for playing around and use 133x for production work.
>>> Do you think we might ever see an option to save in an older format? In
>>> other words, have the possibility from 1.3.4 to save into a
>>> 1.3.3.x-compatible format?
>>> A slightly different version of "backward compatibility."
>> Yes it might be possible. One of the things I extended in 1.3.4cvs is the 
>> separation of the loader and saver plugins. We *may* extend the 1.3.3.x 
>> loader plugin to also be a saver plugin.. however, this will not happen in 
>> 1.3.4, and more than likely not in 1.3.5.
> Just a thought on Greg's idea. I wonder whether saving in an older 
> format would be as good as it seems. Does that still make sense from the 
> free software point of view? Anyone wishing to upgrade can do so at no 
> cost. If a user come across a file the app can't open, it means the app 
> should be upgraded. That's it. We have lots of reflexes from the old world.

The problem woould be for people depending on the repositories of their 
favorite distribution, they will perhaps not know how, or want to learn, 
how to comile from the source-package. And using source packages also 
clutters up the system (for instance in debian distributions it does not 
fit very well with the apt-get system), therefore for many it would not 
be an option to upgrade other than perhaps twice a year.
If it is not very much extra work: For these groups of people this would 
be a benefit.

Best regards
Axel Bojer

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