[scribus] : Re: Adobe ends perpetual licenses

Manuel Schmalstieg webdev at ms-studio.net
Fri May 10 14:11:12 UTC 2013

Maybe it's useful re-activate the request launched by Ale a month ago:


Btw, the video of the presentation that Ale referred to is now online:
"Give me my drawing back! - Dragging your proprietary files to
free-software world"
Lecture by Fridrich Strba and Valentin Filippov
"Since the early 2011, a fruitful collaboration between re-labs and
LibreOffice project resulted in several libraries that opened MS Visio,
CorelDraw, MS Publisher (and still counting) files to the free-software
world. This presentation gives an overview of what has been, how we
achieved it, and what might be the next steps."
Duration 17'37''

Quote from Ale's message:

> they need one or more people preparing for them lot of test .idd
> files.
> those files will have to introduce one element at a time (and be
> accompanied by a description of what the file contains. as a text file:
> fridrich and valentin won't be able to see the content of your file
> before having reverse engineered it!).
> it's a lot of work also for the person(s) preparing the file and it
> requires:
> - having a copy of indesign (if possible correctly licensed)
> - being willed (and skilled) to do very systematic work

Ale, do you know if they found what they need, or are they still looking
for file providers?

On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM, William Adams <will.adams at frycomm.com>wrote:
> Reverse engineering by a team which has never been exposed to the details
> has been legal since Compaq won against IBM.
> On the Adobe side, Adobe has documented the .inx and .idml formats, and
> there has been development towards being able to process the latter (the
> former is older, deprecated and apparently represents technical hurdles not
> worth jumping).
> Opening .idml should be quite workable --- I see little gain in
> complicating things w/ unnecessarily reverse engineering a format which has
> a documented equivalent.
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