Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lion Preview: Versions

Versions records the evolution of a document as you create it. Mac OS X Lion automatically creates a version of the document each time you open it and every hour while you’re working on it. If you need to revert to an older version or retrieve part of a document, Versions shows you the current document next to a cascade of previous versions — in an interface similar to that of Time Machine — so you can see how your work looked at any given time. You can revert with a click, or quickly copy and paste work from a previous version into the current version.
A very interesting concept, very similar to "Time Machine" but on application level. Currently not many applications support it which is only natural since Lion is still in Beta. If all applications take advantage of this feature daily work will be a lot more convient.

While you work on a document, the os will automatically create a version every hour for you or you can manually create one by selecting the "Save a Version" in the File menu.


 In this example i just made random changes to a PDF document with the built in preview app.
To reverse to a previous version just select "Revert to Saved..." from the File menu again and you get this "Time Machine" like interface which allows you to go back to any point in the file history you like.



40 comments:

pezasied said...

Though I rarely see myself using this, I could definitely see situations where others might. If it works for Microsoft word though...

mac-and-me said...

I am sure Microsoft will add this feature in the upcoming Office 2013 or add it with an update to Office 2011.

The Angry Lurker said...

Definitely a worthwhile feature, would see myself wanting this.

Wumbo said...

I see myself using this as I am a college student and next year I will be taking writing intensive courses. Thanks!

Everyday Normal Guy said...
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Everyday Normal Guy said...

I wish I would had that first feature so many times. Why haven't Word implemented it yet?

Oscar said...

Urhh, Lion looks so good.

Daily01 said...

that might be helpfull for learning, seems a really helpful program

Hansson said...

This sounds damn useful... Anything for windows? :)

R.C said...

Yeah, I need this on windows like...now.

Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

Good to know, thanks.

ds said...

That seems handy.

consuela bananahammoc said...

My gf works for apple ^^alread checked it out, loos quite good :)

Jay said...

nice!

gangsignslol said...

Wow seems super handy, getting this ASAP

amBored said...

I want mac finally .. :D

Wink said...

Cool stuff.

Lenny said...

nice one!

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SirJohnBear said...

I'd use this all the time. It's a great feature IMO.

Zombie said...

MS Word needs to get this feature.

Joseph White said...

It's little improvements like this that really boost the usability of an OS, great post

Waywardly said...

I honestly didn't know this. And I've been using a Mac for years! :P Lol, well this is quite useful.

Stare Dad said...

wow this looks so awsome. that "time machine" looks a great feature

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good post! Followin you

SOMS said...

looks like a handy tool

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MrBunni said...

That would be very helpful , i hate losing things i've been working on.

ExoticBlogger said...

hmm interesting!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Alot of MS Office doesn't exactly play well with PDF files. The Mac is beginning to look useful, darnit!

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elexerdelex said...

wow that really is usefull! how is your daily chocolate milk? ;) Have a great day!

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Malkavian said...

Great for college students i now i would have used this

Trelin said...

Looks useful. Are these copies kept inside the document or are they stored in another area of the drive?

phthalo said...

Very useful feature. Slick interface too.

Justin said...

Seems like it could be pretty useful since I just started school again. I hope your comment about Microsoft adding it in the near future is true, haha.

Mostly Irrelephant said...

I love that you don't have to install extra Source Control Software for document management. Of course, I have one setup, but that is actually supposed to be for software development only. I just recently found myself to use it to archive document, as well. This feature would make it easier to get some order in my organisation on my Mac.

RootYourDroid.net said...

Wow this is awesome for iphone users. I have an app for this on my droid.

Chuck said...

Decent Mac software once again. GJ.

schultzz said...

keep the updates coming, now i migth get a mac as a secondary OS.