Friday, December 26, 2008

Favorite software quirks: part 1

1. Final Cut can't tell when you've altered a document. You can open a project and simply try to close it again and FCP will ask you if you want to save your work. This is totally not a big deal--many programs actually are so keyed in to whether your file has been altered that they actually WILL NOT LET YOU SAVE IT twice in a row without changing it--FCP is the other end of the spectrum, it can't even tell, and that's fine.

What I like is this:

Now why does this plucky little program, which has no ability to detect when your project has been altered, go so far as to spontaneously offer this information? A simple "would you like to save your work" would have been fine.

I think it's cute. I've maybe spent a little too much time at the computer lately.


1 comment:

  1. Nah, Final Cut totally knows if you've made changes -- and won't let you hit save if you haven't. It's just that what it considers changes is different than what you consider changes. Opening a sequence is a change. Hitting play changes the position of the playhead, which is a change. I believe even activating/clicking-on your canvas window when previously it was the browser that was active counts as a change. You see, it simply cares about *everything you do*. Like your mother, maybe.