TITLE: Beautiful Words, File Format Edition AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: June 27, 2014 3:55 PM DESC: ----- BODY: In The Great Works of Software, Paul Ford tells us that the Photoshop file format is
a fascinating hellish palimpsest.
"Palimpsest" is one of those words I seem always have to look up whenever I run across it. What a lyrical word. After working with a student a few summers ago on a translator from Photoshop PSD format to HTML/CSS (mentioned in the first paragraph of this essay, I can second the assertion that PSD is fascinating and hellish. Likewise, however often it has changed over time, it looks in several places as if it is held together with bailing wire. Ford said it better than I could have, though. -----