Legacy and file format issues

Andre Garzia andre at andregarzia.com
Fri Sep 14 14:31:36 EDT 2007

when they created the new file format it was due to necessity. The old file
format does not have place for stuff such as alpha blending and the new
things. Also, stacks are not ascii or even text format, you can't open them
in a field and replace data around, your chances of corrupting the stacks is
far to big.

The new stackfile format also carries information about which version of
revolution was used to create the stack, this is probably done to split
dreamcard from rev... oops, it's rev media from rev studio/enterprise. (am I
the only one that liked the name dreamcard?!).

if you want to convert from new file format to old one, you need to run the
stack in a new world engine (can we call them new world?) and set the
stackfileformat to "2.4" (check if it is 2.4 or some other number) and save
it again.

If you don't have a new version of revolution able to do that, we can
provide you with a linux standalone that will do that for you.


On 9/14/07, Richmond Mathewson <geradamas at yahoo.com> wrote:
> So, couldn't resist it and opened a legacy format
> stack as a text file (i.e. imported it into field
> "fENTER") and tried this:
>   replace oldTEX with newTEX in fld "fENTER"
> where oldTEX is:
> #!/bin/sh
> # MetaCard 2.4 stack
> # The following is not ASCII text,
> # so now would be a good time to q out of more
> exec mc $0 "$@"
>                        Í   TEST   à@    Ä  (c) m ê ê
>            ˇˇˇˇ       cREVGeneral
>     stackfileversion   2.7    Í         @           ê ê
> and newTEX is:
> REVO2700        Í   TEST   à@       (c) m ê êë
> ˇˇˇˇ        Í          @
> ê êê
> and then exported the result . . .
> but RR could not open the result (which should, in
> theory, identify itself as a stack of the new format).
> err . . .
> bright ideas welcomed!
> sincerely, Richmond Mathewson
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