Michal Čihař - Save as WWF, Save a Tree?

Save as WWF, Save a Tree?

I know ecologists often come with great ideas how to save some random resource. There was a "green" font, which contained holes and was supposed to save ink/toner from printers. It turned out not to be that big saver as the font itself was actually a bit wider than usual...

Today I got to know about "new" file format called WWF. Technically it is just a PDF with disabled printing. Well at least it is not a new format, so users of other operating systems (WWF software is available for Mac OS X only right now) are not lost and can use existing tools to view the files (on Linux you can for example use Evince).

And if Evince rejects to print this document, just disable these restrictions:

gconftool-2 -s /apps/evince/override_restrictions -t bool 1

Is it really helpful for environment to spend resources on creating yet another useless file format?

Comments

jimcooncat wrote on Dec. 8, 2010, 5:51 p.m.

When there is no market for trees, will landowners save them, or replace them with something more profitable?

Ben wrote on Dec. 9, 2010, 5:24 p.m.

Is there anything more profitable than something that you don't have to maintain which also happens to keep your land from sliding away?

That said, I don't necessarily agree with the WWF's views, and still find it weird that they would want an acronym which used to stand for "World Wrestling Federation". o.O;

wrote on Dec. 9, 2010, 7:46 p.m.

You can surely find something more profitable in terms of money.

For example in Czech republic is currently very popular building solar power plants, what is right now very profitable business. Thanks to "ecological" subsidy.

wrote on Dec. 9, 2010, 10:06 p.m.

Argh - an anti-feature.

Adobe already ship tools to disable printing in PDF documents (Adobe like anti-features), so renaming it would just be for the publicity.

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