[Ipe-discuss] prefs.auto_export_xml_to_pdf no longer present

Dietmar Winkler dietmar.winkler at hit.no
Wed Jul 27 09:17:58 CEST 2016


I see. Well for me it makes sense to still have my files as in xml
format since I'm putting all my files under (git) version control.
Having them as xml as source means I can look at proper diffs. This is
not possible for the PDFs as git will simply regard them as binary
blobs and not show any diffs.

So for me it would still make sens to have the auto-export feature.
That way I have some easy to trace record of my changes.

But then again that's just me and I don't know how much effort it is
to reimplement that feature again.

On 27 July 2016 at 09:04, Otfried Cheong <otfried at ipe.airpost.net> wrote:
> Auto-exporting was removed in 7.1.10, together with saving in EPS
> format, because nobody seemed to be using it.
> The reason people had been using that in the past is to make sure they
> had a readable copy of a document when Ipe somehow failed to reopen the
> PDF file.    However, since ipeextract can now convert a PDF document
> back to an XML document even if Ipe itself cannot parse the file, this
> isn't that important anymore (in fact I know of no case where a document
> got lost for this reason in the last several years).   The OSX Pdf
> Viewer likes to murder PDF files, but it seems to always keep old
> versions available, and by reverting to the earliest version you can
> open in Ipe again.
> But if there is real demand for it, I can easily revive this feature
> (auto-exporting to PDF whenever the XML document is being saved).
> Cheers,
>  Otfried
> On Wed, Jul 27, 2016, at 08:26, Dietmar Winkler wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I've now tried to set up Ipe to autosave to PDF. In the old days that
>> was done via menue. By searching the mailing list for "auto export
>> pdf" the only mention I could find [1] is that this is now done via
>> the "prefs.auto_export_xml_to_pdf" setting in prefs.lua
>> But looking at the prefs.lua that comes with 7.2.5 there does not seem
>> to be that setting. Has it been renamed or is this feature now
>> implemented in a totally different way?
>> --
>> /Dietmar/
>>  [1] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.graphics.ipe.general/1192
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