[Scribus] Backward-compatibility (was: Scribus for Scientific writing)
Fri Mar 7 00:45:09 CET 2008
On Thursday 06 March 2008 21:46:11 Christoph Sch?fer wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, 6. M?rz 2008 19:44:41 schrieb Michal Blazejczyk:
> > Alexander Haensch wrote:
> > > (...)
> > >
> > > The most importent thing is the File format. It would be
> > > a catastrophy if i cannot open a old Article with a newer
> > > version.
> > >
> > > Is there a guarantee of using old scribus files in new
> > > versions?
> > Hi,
> > Just a comment on this particular topic. I haven't had
> > problems *opening* my old files with newer versions of
> > Scribus. However, they often don't *look* the same in
> > newer versions. For example, at some point the default
> > distance between text and the edges of text frames was
> > changed which made all my text frames misalign.
> > Sometimes it can be something even smaller, a minor
> > rendering change of some sort, and suddenly your text
> > doesn't end where it was ending a month earlier.
> > I use Scribus to publish a magazine, and the precise
> > layout of text is important for me. For the reasons
> > described above, I very rarely open old Scribus files
> > in newer versions - I just know they won't look the
> > same.
> One means to improve the situation is to upload those files with a bug
> report and a description of what has changed, so that the issues can be
Minor text issues will not be fixed, however, we simply cannot program forever
to keep the old system alive in all its glory. At some point we have to take
a hit and move on to better rendering and better glyph layout. There were
changes made in 1.3.0, and more in 1.3.4 and 1.3.5. I convinced Andreas to
write the new text system with 2 modes, old (ie rewrite the bugs of the old
system but in a stable, known way, in 1.3.4) and the new system will be a
user selectable option (coming in 1.3.6+).
For those that desperately need to keep layout 100% consistent, you can easily
keep old versions of Scribus around - dependencies have not changed that
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