[Air-L] got a story about frustrations of research using old or archived software?

sally at sally.com sally at sally.com
Fri Sep 29 15:42:37 PDT 2017

   Hi Patricia,

   One of these happened just today:

   Adobe Premiere Pro software used to enable wav file to text
   translation. But they took it out. It is still possible to convert a
   wav to text in Premiere Pro using version 7.2 or less, but 7.2 or less
   requires an OS that will run 7.2, not 11. I run 11 on an updated Mac
   OS, thus, I cannot install the version, thus I cannot use the feature,
   thus I can no longer easily get a quick snapshot transcription, unless
   I "downgrade" my machine, which isn't possible due to OS issues with
   other software.

   The capability is available in an archived version, but circumstances
   requiring upgrades have made this not useful.

   Hope this helps,


   Sally Applin, Ph.D.
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   Subject: [Air-L] got a story about frustrations of research using old
   archived software?
   From: Patricia Aufderheide <[4]pat.aufderheide at gmail.com>
   Date: Fri, September 29, 2017 3:12 pm
   To: "[5]air-l at listserv.aoir.org" <[6]air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
   I'm working with some great legal scholars on an analysis of problems
   software preservation, and are finding great archivists, but they often
   can't tell us much about what researchers would like to do with
   that's been archived if they could. We've heard from the archivists
   generally researchers want to access content by using obsolete
   and we understand that sometimes you might be interested in studying
   versions or iterations of the content that might be stored on archived
   software (e.;g. a WordPerfect file on an author's laptop) but we're
   thinking that people might want to have access to archived software for
   other kinds of research as well. We hypothesize that people might want
   study the history of software, or to analyze activity on a gaming
   or....gosh, we don't know. Have you had a project be frustrated because
   couldn't go to a library or archive (virtually or physically) and get
   access to archived software? If so we'd love to hear about it in any
   you'd like to tell us. Feel free to share the request.
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