[Bf-committers] Project openings

Johnny Matthews johnny.matthews at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 21:14:09 CET 2005

Not to be flamed to death...but...sometimes it is a good idea to make 
backwards compatibility a little painful to help
people move to new versions of software.


Jeremy Wall wrote:

>On Thu, 17 Mar 2005 11:22:46 -0600, Jean-Michel Smith
><jeanmichel.smith at gmail.com> wrote:
>>On Thu, 17 Mar 2005 14:04:43 +0100, Luigi Monaco <zdys at zdys.de> wrote:
>>>i meant NOT to change the extension. keep it as it is. if you want to compress,
>>>let blender handle it. backwards compatibility is a point, spread the news that
>>>files done with an actual blender version may have to be gunzipped before being
>>>used in older versions.
>>Or perhaps let blender compress it (using bzip2 or whatever is
>>preffered) and change the .blend extention to .cblend instead.
>>Blender does the compression/decompression, the file extention
>>differentiates between compressed and uncompressed .blends, and
>>windoze can be made to behave and associate .cblends (or whatever
>>they're called) with blender.  As an aside I think it's unfortunate
>>(and ineligant) that yet another gaping design flaw in windows should
>>dictate a convention like this for a cross platform application, where
>>every other platform can deal with the appropriate .blend.gz and even
>>allow 3rd party apps to decompress it correctly, but OTOH I hate to
>>see artists using that platform put at even more of a disadvantage
>>than they already are.
>I really think leaving the .blend extension as it is and letting
>blender handle the compressed not compressed would be the best
>solution. Just add to the faq that from whichever version on files may
>need to be decompressed before opening. That way the least amount of
>change has to be added to windows.
>As a side note. On unix platforms the compressed files will be
>identified as zipped archives and not blender files, unless the
>extension mime type defined for the desktop overrides it. So even unix
>workstations will be affected by a differing extension. It's not just
>a windows problem in that respect.
>Jeremy Wall
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