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peterfromhayling Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do I find and view the template files I have created in Pages (or Keynote)? I am using iWork 09 and Lion. When I create and save them in Pages it puts them in Application Support>Pages>Templates, but, according to Finder, this folder does not exist! I have tried viewing 'invisible' files but that didn't help.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • 1. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    There are several threads about the same question. Look at the More Like This to the Right. Some of the threads there will explain better than I can do as I don't have Lion.

  • 2. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    peterfromhayling Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your reply and advice. I have checked all the links in 'More Like This'. Unfortunately they have not been helpful as they are mostly about problems opening Templates within Pages. My problem is in finding the template folder and files on my HD. According to the Apple Training Series book on iWork 09 - they should be in: Library>Application Support>iwork09>Pages>Templates. (And Keynote theme files should be in the equivalent Keynote>Themes folder.) But according to Finder and Spotlight, these do not exist on my HD - despite the fact that when i saved a Template that is exactly where Pages SAID it was saving them! Is this something new with Lion?

  • 3. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    They are there but it seems that in Lion it isn't as straight forward to open that Library. I think the way to go is Finder menu > Go > Library. It is described several times and I do not have Lion so I can't show you any screen shots.

  • 4. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,230 points)

    As I write this reply the links in "More Like This" are not really relevant to the problem. You may not have looked at all of them. Only the last two are about deleting templates but don't give the extra info needed in Lion.

     

    The door to the user's Library is hidden in Lion but it is easy to open. In Finder, hold down the Option key while clicking on the Go menu & your users Library will appear about halfway down the list. You can type or paste this text string (in bold) in Terminal to have your user library show when you click your home folder in the sidebar: chflags nohidden ~/Library

     

    Spotlight has never search with the various library folders. I prefer to use Find Any File which does exactly what it says, including searching in the places Spotlight doesn't. It is available on the Mac App Store.

     

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  • 5. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)

    Lion hides the folder.

     

    This has been discussed and explained, do the search. I can't help as I am not on Lion either.

     

    Peter

  • 6. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)

    Run this huge script after every system update and the Library folder will be visible.

     

    --{code}

    do shell script "chflags nohidden ~/Library"

    --{code}

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) jeudi 15 septembre 2011 23:46:56

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.0

    My iDisk is : <http://public.me.com/koenigyvan>


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  • 7. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,990 points)

    Here's a method for placing a link to your User/Library folder in the Favorites section of the Sidebar of each Finder Window, making it easy to access. This may appeal to Scriptophobes

     

    Navigate to your User folder and select Column View. (The first column will contain the User's subfolders, with the notable exception of the Library folder.)

     

    While holding the Option key, select Go > Library. This will result in the Library folder showing in the first column along with it's sister folders.

     

    Lastly, drag the Library folder from the first column into the Favorites area of the Sidebar and place it between two of your other favorites, being careful not to add it on top of one of the existing favorites.

     

    Now your User Library folder will always appear as a Favorite when you open an instance of Finder window.

     

    Jerry

  • 8. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    peterfromhayling Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks for the reply. I followed your instructions and it worked perfectly. Really grateful.

     

    Two related questions!

    a) How do you guys find out all this option click, etc. stuff!

    b) Why on earth did the Lion developers decide to hide access to files that I have created on my own computer?!! What possible reason is there for doing this?!

    Thanks again.

    Peter

  • 9. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)

    Because Apple is pursuing an extremely profitable (so far) Marketing to Morons Policy.

     

    At least that is the only justification I can see.

     

    Peter

  • 10. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)

    peterfromhayling wrote:

    a) How do you guys find out all this option click, etc. stuff!

     

    Got it in a forum like this one

     

    peterfromhayling wrote:

    b) Why on earth did the Lion developers decide to hide access to files that I have created on my own computer?!! What possible reason is there for doing this?!

    My own guesses :

    They were tired to receive messages from users ranting because their machine behaved wrongly because they have deleted an important item without any knowledge about what they did.

    They forgot the case of custom templates because these files aren't stored in a logical area.

    Custom templates are documents whose logical location would be in the Documents folder

    Documents:iWork:Keynote:Themes

    Documents:iWork:Numbers:Templates:My Templates

    Documents:iWork:Pages:Templates:My Templates

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) vendredi 16 septembre 2011 11:11:30

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.0

    My iDisk is : <http://public.me.com/koenigyvan>


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  • 11. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    peterfromhayling Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ah, a fellow cynic!!

    So its a, 'protect the user from themselves' issue is it?

    Now it all makes sense!

    And to think I just moved over to Mac to avoid just that increasingly frustrating attitude in Windows.

    Regards

    Peter

  • 12. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    peterfromhayling Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You're right of course, but that would be far too simple!!

    Thanks for the help.

    Regards

    Peter

  • 13. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)

    At this time, the neater scheme is to run the short script which I posted.

    After that the folder is visible as it was.

     

    I will file a report asking Apple to change the location of the custom templates (even if it would require changes to several of my scripts).

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) vendredi 16 septembre 2011 11:24:44

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.0

    My iDisk is : <http://public.me.com/koenigyvan>


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  • 14. Re: Viewing iwork template files with Lion.
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    Answer

    1) Practise, curiosity, reading books helpfiles etc, trying and see what works, checking the menus and so forth

    2) We have no idea what the programmers are thinking. We are all endusers like you here.

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