On Tue, Aug 26, 2014, at 04:02 PM, Ken Springer wrote:
Being an open source program, I'm not surprised there's no problem
importing Inkscape drawings. Just like you rarely have problems
importing MS files into MS software. From the outside looking in, it
seems there's a lot of cooperation in this area.
One of the big problems Microsoft has is in importing older versions of
files. In general Libre Office is much better at importing older MS Word
docs than current MS Word is. This comes up in governmental and
educational use fairly regularly. Part of the problem is poor design of
the internals and tying them to the file formats. Part comes from MS's
monetary incentive to push people to move to later versions of things.
Regardless of the causes, compatibility and being able to import older
versions of Word (and other) docs is something that often pushes people
into using open source in the first place.
I've also worked places where the MS site licensing allowed execs and
architects to use versions of various MS software that would create
files the majority of the companies' employees could not open (at least
not without resorting to piracy). Word, Visio, Excell... there are fun
combinations of things that just would not work, all within MS products
Jon A. Cruz