Import Full Formated Text

Thomas J McGrath III 3mcgrath at
Wed Nov 19 11:58:57 CST 2003


I guess you really did hit the nail on the head. But, I guess that I 
always thought the complete opposite was true and that TEXT formating 
has been around for years and that all the others(graphics, sound, 
movies) were more proprietary. And yes most of these 'competitors' 
don't play well with each other - but they are 'simple' apps and not 
development tools. --- my .02 cents worth here -- I just expect more 
from a development tool. I don't even mind all of the workarounds I 
have had to come up with for getting those apps to work together - you 
know export as "" and then import as "" -- I have put up with that for 

Don't get me wrong, I am loving REV and that is actually the reason I 
brought this up. I want to do more with it. I want to drop Director 
(which will import some of my requested formats). I left Supercard 
behind after the windows version died. I left HC behind after I found 
SC.  I would like to leave them all behind and know that I can do what 
ever I want to in REV and it will be the best damn app around....

Thanks Ken,


On Nov 19, 2003, at 12:34 PM, Ken Ray wrote:

>> So, when you are creating an interactive project or whatever you are
>> saying that most people have been content to just start from scratch
>> with the text formatting?
>> I mean what do you have but Graphics, Movies, Sound and TEXT for
>> importing into REV.
>> Graphic, Movies and Sound have importing capabilities.
>> Why not text? And why has that not been a high priority for
>> most people?
>> 	I just feel like I missing something if no one else
>> sees this as a
>> little bit important to an applications fundamental abilities, that's
>> all. I don't think it should matter how big or small a company is but
>> rather what they do and how they do it that matters.
> Honestly, Tom, it has never been a high priority for any of my apps to
> import text *directly* from other proprietary formats (like Word, 
> etc.),
> especially when there is a common non-proprietary format that can be
> used. So for example, if I have an app that needs to get data from from
> a specific app (like Word), I will either require the user to save it 
> in
> a common format (like RTF, which I *can* import), or I will automate 
> the
> app and make it save a copy out in a common format.
> Also note that you have asked about text import, but across a variety 
> of
> different tools - PDF, HTML, Word, PowerPoint, Quark - and none of
> *those* tools will import all those formats either.
> The thing is that Graphics, Movies, and Sounds are all pretty common in
> their individual niches - "text" is spread very thinly across a number
> of niches (word processing, web development, page layout, 
> presentations,
> etc.) so it's not as easy to lump into a single wish for "full 
> formatted
> text".
> I'm sure that as time goes on, RunRev will add additional import
> capabilities. But I'll bet you a dollar to a doughnut that they will 
> all
> be for importing common formats more easily and not for importing
> proprietary formats.
> Just my $0.02,
> Ken Ray
> Sons of Thunder Software
> Email: kray at
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