Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 803. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2020-04-28 02:47:46+00:00 From: Jonothan Halfin
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.797: proprietary formats To all, It seems from my admittedly narrow standpoint as a graduate student that the plethora of open-source coding software available today makes the determination of whether older archived digital media is still in a usable format rather a moot concern. I use LibreOffice which is freeware open-source, for all word processing, PowerPoint/slideshow, database construction, or spreadsheet construction needs for work, for academic pursuits and for leisure interests. It is not the only open-source freeware available, but I prefer it as it has a unique ability to save and retain files in whatever format one requires, as well as opening and viewing them. (Or editing them, if desired.) With Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat Reader XI, the ability to fill and sign, to highlight and to sort via highlights into a table of contents for notations, along with the ability to insert notes or grammatical corrections, allows the end-user of this freeware to manipulate any .pdf file desired with ease. For graphical work, GimP is likely the best open-source freeware available and allows one to turn any graphic and/or freeze any video frame and turn it into a graphic, and then embed it, in any possible graphic use file type one desires. With such powerful freeware open-source tools available, it makes little difference in any research I have done to date, whether the source material I am seeking is archived in .pdf, in .doc, in .xls, in .ppt, in .jpg, in .tif, in .png, in .gif, in .wpd, in.ps, or in.txt or .rtf. (or for that matter, any other commonly used file format.) Perhaps there is a solid need for archived material to be in a common format for the archive for where it is stored. Certainly, there is also a good use for archives to maintain stored materials in multiple file formats. As for myself, I appreciate it when the files are not only in a .pdf but also in .epub or a .mobi file as well, for this eases use on handheld devices. Regards, Jonothan Halfin _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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