[aprssig] Cable Harness for Digipeater

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Wed Mar 1 20:16:14 CST 2006

brianbr at mac.com wrote:
> While I agree with the overall sentiment, this statement is incorrect. 
> JPEG/GIF/PNG/PDF formats are more appropriate.
> The Mac, however, should not be included in that list. PowerPoint 
> .ppt/.pps files can be opened and viewed under a variety of methods on 
> the Mac, under PowerPoint in the Mac Office Suite, under Keynote, in 
> the iWork Suite, and in the Open office Suite as well.
> On Feb 25, 2006, at 6:12 PM, Stephen H. Smith wrote:
>> PowerPoint is a Windows-centric proprietary format unuseable by  most 
>> Mac/Linux/Unix users

1)   MS Office (of which PowerPoint is a part) is far less ubiquitous on 
the Mac than on the PC.

2)   The MS Office file formats keep changing with each release.   The 
Mac version of Office (and the import filters in other applications 
including open source apps like Open Office ) typically lag behind the 
current Windows version of Office by 1 or 2 releases.  .PPT files 
created with the latest version of Office will be a real pain to deal 
with on non-Windows platforms.  This "versionitis" problem is now only 
going to get worse, now that MS has announced there will be no further 
releases of MS Office for the Mac. 

Stephen H. Smith    wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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