Hello … hello? … is this thing on?
Ah there you are. Yes, it’s been ages. Far too long in fact, for which I apologise. There isn’t any one good reason for RetroPDF’s being effectively dormant for nearly a year and a half, but the front runners are:
The graphical part of the PDF is unaffected, and the corruption is unnoticeable until you try to copy or search the text: rather than the text reading:
“Ken is great, you should donate some money to RetroPDFs right now!”
the document actually contained:
Yes, little squares (which bizarrely present themselves on the Mac as little alien faces – honest).
Worse still is OS X’s newfound habit of saving documents for you as soon as you so much as click on them – a dozen or more of my newly scanned Amiga Shoppers were affected, and when Stone Oakvalley alerted me to this fact I have to admit I cried. And then swore a lot.
I spent days dicking around with the internals of PDF documents, learning about glyph mapping and font tables, trying to find if there was any way to reverse the damage, but there isn’t. I reported the bug to Apple, and then went in the huff.
The bug is apparently fixed, and I have the replacement Amiga Shoppers nearly ready to put in place. More importantly, I need to go through all 6 squillion other PDFs and see if any others have been apparently affected. At this rate, I’ll be able to put “AppleScript” on my CV.
and talking of bugs …
Fun Fact: I’ve personally seeded over 6 terabytes of PDFs in the last 18 months. That’s a lot of nostalgia.
So add all that up, with a dash of real life, hot summers and some apathy and you have the first update of 2013 nearly at the end of it. But I’m back now, honest: as soon as Smile fix PDFPen I’ll have MicroAdventurer uploaded, and then we’ll see what else I can find in the “pending” folder – it’s currently 77Gb in size so I’m sure there’s something in there 🙂
As always, feel free to drop me a mail or comment if there’s something you’d like to see bumped up the list.