MacMost Now 585: Lion Versions Basics

Learn the basics of Versions, a new feature in Lion that saves multiple copies of your documents as you work. Gone are the Save and Save As commands we have been used to for years. Learn how to use the new Save, Save a Version and Duplicate commands that give you a safety net while you work.

Comments: 16 Responses to “MacMost Now 585: Lion Versions Basics”

    cathy
    8 years ago

    What about all those versions taking up hard disk space?

      8 years ago

      Peanuts. Hard disks are so huge and so cheap now. Editing a Pages, Numbers, Keynote or TextEdit document won’t even make a noticeable dent. A minute of video will dwarf it.
      It is far more valuable to have to versions feature than to worry about what probably amounts to pennies in hard drive space cost.

    Bob
    8 years ago

    Does it somehow show you the differences between versions?
    Like the ‘svn diff’?

      8 years ago

      I don’t believe so. But play with it and see if you can find anything that works for you like that.
      In general, I have always thought of that as “revisions” rather than “versions.” But for coders, that’s a pretty standard feature.

    viquere78
    8 years ago

    would saving constantly eat up my hard drive space?

      8 years ago

      Yes. Little tiny bits, though. Pennies worth of drive space. Totally worth it considering what you are getting in return.

    Michael Pearce
    8 years ago

    I wish you would routinely click the triangle button to expand a mini-window any time you Save or Print, so people can see that there is more to those windows. You’d be amazed how many people don’t even know about expanding to full size. Apple doesn’t make it obvious and too many users are afraid to click on something just to learn what it is.

    Karen
    8 years ago

    Pre Lion I ticked the preference box to save a backup of my iWork documents. I use Versions, so is the backup preference now of any use? Many thanks.

      8 years ago

      Which preference box do you mean, specifically?

    Karen
    8 years ago

    In Pages Preferences under Saving the first check box is “Back up previous version when saving”. When this is checked it saves an additional copy of the document, which is named “Backup of XXXXXX”. I always had this checked in Snow Leopard, but am not sure whether it needs to be checked now that Lion has versions – seems like it is unnecessary to me. Unless of course this preference now also has something to do with saving in Versions.

      8 years ago

      Seems unnecessary to me too. Just two different ways of doing it, I guess.

    Karen
    8 years ago

    Thank you, I thought that they would have done away with that option with the introduction of Versions – I suppose it could be an extra back up. Anyway I am happy to leave it unchecked now. Thanks again.

      8 years ago

      Well, remember that the same version of Pages is the current version in Snow Leopard and Leopard too. Those users don’t have Versions.

    Karen
    8 years ago

    Yes, of course! Too caught up in my Lion world – sorry.

    Joni
    7 years ago

    Hi!

    I would like to know that does verions work also in Word for mac 2011? And if it does, how can use it??

      7 years ago

      No, it doesn’t. The developer (Microsoft) would have to add that functionality. Contact them and request it for the next version.

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