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  • Apple drops PostScript support in Preview for macOS Ventura

    rob53 said:
    neoncat said:
    JWSC said:
    Does this indicate Adobe’s decline in relevance?  Years ago I was all in on Adobe.  But they priced themselves out of the non-commercial market and I dropped them like a hot potato.
    What a weird take. But I get it, you just wanted to old-man-at-clouds about Adobe's subscription pricing. Go ahead and review every other structured drawing program on the Mac or iOS. Guess what file format they all use—some of them wrapped in their own file package, but they're all EPS at the core. It's *the* mathematical model for object drawing.

    More I'd say it indicates's decline in relevance. 
    I wouldn't say drawing programs on macOS use EPS at its core but every printer uses Postscript as its print file. PDF files are simply a combination of images and Postscript codes. Does this mean that Ventura Preview doesn't support the opening of PDF files? There has to be some reason Apple isn't talking about this limitation. The support file only says what's in the AI article. I have to wonder if you simply change the extension of a Postscript file to .pdf and see if it opens. This has nothing to do with any perceived Adobe decline, they will be around forever because PDF is a standard and Adobe wrote it. The non-commercial market isn't what keeps major applications around, it's the commercial market.
    PDF is based on PostScript but a PDF file is different from .ps file. A .ps file is printer-dependent, PDF is printer-independent. Since .ps is generated by the printer driver, it includes all the setup environment specific to the printer and it will fail on another printer. Preview is PDF, it cannot be otherwise because Quartz, the very graphic core of macOS, is based on PDF. So PDF is intrinsic to macOS and it will remain so until another graphic model replaces Quartz.
  • Apple rumored to be testing macOS for M2 iPad Pro

    A Touch UI based macOS is not a dream, but a possibility. So Apple’a port of macOS to the iPad would be a great and respectable endeavor that every Mac enthousiast would embrace. I can well imagine a Finder lying behind this on-screen keyboard, showing a folder name touch-selected, ready to be replaced by what I type on my iPad keyboard. Actually a touch-selection can well replace a mouse-selection in terms of accuracy. The problem was the multi-tasking performance compromise introduced by multiple overlapping windows, but macOS has already resolved this issue by full-screen windows and the swipe gesture to navigate between them. That feature is just waiting for an iPad powerful enough to handle Mac-like true multitasking, the power of M2 makes this problem obsolete. Wouldn’t a tablet Mac kill the iPad? Well, not necessarily. The iPad  may continue to survive with the A series, and the tablet Mac may thrive on the M series, iPadOS and macOS being their respective OS. 

    What is the rationale of keeping the iPad and iPad OS then? iPad OS is a historical achievement. Apple has always carried the concern of simplifying the user interface. On Mac OS Classic it was called MiniFinder, then later, AtEase. On Mac OS X there was a simplified Finder until Leopard, if I remember correctly. 
  • iPhone 14 Plus allegedly suffering from production cuts after only two weeks on the market...

    Apple is being pushed to higher and higher end by Chinese companies. This is a deliberate tactic and Apple may need to develop a substantial maneuver to regain the entry level market and even the mid-range. One day it will find itself at the peak of performance and state-of-the-art production as the sole owner of the niche market corner into which it painted itself. 
  • Despite Thunderbolt, iPad to Mac communication is still a mess

    "We tested the connection issue first using Apple's Thunderbolt 4 cable included with the Studio Displayand a Satechi Thunderbolt 4 cable that was newly purchased. When either cable was used, the iPad Pro would flash in and out of Finder as if the cable was shorted or broken somehow."

    That flashing in and out of Finder occurs with Lightning cables as well, and almost after every iOS/iPadOS update. Apple's suggestion was to reset Location and Privacy first, if no solution then to reset Network settings. This the old "Trust this computer/iPad/iPhone" issue. With Lightning, the use of an original or Apple-certified cable is a must.
  • The best video converter apps for Mac

    Since you included FFMPEG among "apps", the built-in Apple command-line tool "avconvert" too is worth mentioning. Type "avconvert --help" or better "man avconvert" in Terminal to see its options.