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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Understanding file saving in Lion


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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Understanding file saving in Lion

There are couples of new Lion features that have to do with saving your files. One is called Versions and the other is called Restore Windows. For applications that support it, Lion saves your documents when you open it. Then once an hour, Lions saves the version of the file. You can also create a version by choosing Save a Version from the File menu. So let's take a look at that in TextEdit. So here's a new TextEdit window. Command+S to save it. I'll call that Test 1. Return to save.
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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training
6h 4m Beginner Sep 13, 2011

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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.

Topics include:
  • Migrating to Lion
  • Launching and working with applications
  • Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
  • Using Text-to-Speech
  • Searching with Spotlight
  • Backing up with Time Machine
  • Configuring wireless Bluetooth input devices
  • Staying current with Software Update
  • Understanding the Dashboard widgets
  • Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules in Mail
  • Playing and recording media with QuickTime
  • Video chatting with FaceTime
  • Monitoring system performance
  • Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
  • Screen sharing with a remote computer
  • Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
  • Troubleshooting techniques
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Computer Skills (Mac)
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Understanding file saving in Lion

There are couples of new Lion features that have to do with saving your files. One is called Versions and the other is called Restore Windows. For applications that support it, Lion saves your documents when you open it. Then once an hour, Lions saves the version of the file. You can also create a version by choosing Save a Version from the File menu. So let's take a look at that in TextEdit. So here's a new TextEdit window. Command+S to save it. I'll call that Test 1. Return to save.

Now I'll edit the document some more. Now let's look in the File menu. There is now a new command called Save a Version. Not Save, but Save a Version. Select that or I could press Command+S. Now I've saved a version of the file. How is that reflected? Let's go up to the top of a window and you see the small triangle. I click on that and I have the option to Browse All Versions.

I'll select that and up comes this cool space-age-like interface that looks a bit like time machine which is something we're going to look at later in the course and that's Apple's backup utility. So on the left side, we see the current version of the document. We also see the current version of the document on the right. However, if I click the previous version behind it, I see the first saved version. Another way to get there is go to the right side of the window. The last entry is the most recently saved version. The one previous to that is the prior saved version.

So suppose I want to go back to the original version. All I have to do is click Restore and that's the version that returns. Now suppose I want to see the updated version. I'll go back, Browse All Versions, here comes the interface, and here's the most recently saved version I can restore to that and there we are. This is a great feature when you've accidentally edited a file or you want to return to a previous version to see what you've done.

Now a quick TextEdit, Command+Q. Now let's take a look at the Restore Windows feature. I'll open a few applications. ere's Safari. What the heck. We'll open the TextEdit again, and there is my file. I'll choose from the Apple menu, Restart. When I do this, you see an option that says Reopen windows when logging back in. I'm not going to do that right now. I'll hit Cancel because I don't want this to restart. But what this means is when I restart my Mac, both of these applications will open again and they will show me the documents that are open when I restarted my Mac.

Now let's look at Shut Down. Same idea. Reopen windows when logging back in. So this is a good feature if you want to maintain your work environment, you need to restart your Mac. That way you don't have to restart all those applications again and find out where you were when you last restarted or shut down. This Restore feature can also work when quitting and launching applications. So go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > General, and at the bottom here you see this option that reads Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps.

Let's see how that works. Quit System Preferences. Let's save this. I'll create a new file without saving it and then I'm going to quit TextEdit. Now let's launch TextEdit again and here are both files. You notice the untitled window is still here. This is the document that I just created, but I didn't save it, because it was held in a saved state in the background.

Again, a great feature if you happen to work on a document, you quit the application, you launch it again, and back comes the work that you're working on even though you may not have saved that document. Something to note about this. This feature works only with those applications that are written to take advantage of it. So it works perfectly well with TextEdit. As you saw with Safari, it brought us back to the state we were in before, but some third-party apps may not currently work with it. Hopefully, they'll be updated so they will. Quit TextEdit, quit Safari, and now we're back to the Finder. And that's the lowdown on Versions and Restore Windows.

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