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Disable app auto quitting

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Alex Zavatone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 21, 2012 8:27 AM

Apple's Lion HUI guidelines tell us that "sudden and unexpected quitting of an application enhances the user experience".

 

This is by far, the stupidest thing ever to be declared as a standard from Apple.

 

I have machines with 12 and 8 GB of RAM and Apple thinks it will enhance me experience be auto quitting an app that takes up 19.7 MB of RAM?

 

This is not helpful.  This is frustrating and makes having to use Lion an inconsistant and unpleasant experience.

 

I do not want my OS to be trying to outthink me.  This is another example of Lion being a bad nanny state of an OS. 

 

In the few times when I have to use Lion, the auto quitting of Preview and TextEdit is a repeat frustration.

 

How can this be disabled?

 

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Mac OS 10.7.x
  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,705 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 8:22 AM (in response to Alex Zavatone)

    It cannot be disabled but it can be 'out thought'. The only time an application is auto quit is when your computer needs additional memory to perform the currently active task and when other applications are inactive and have no open windows. To keep TextEdit running don't close all its windows.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,830 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 8:30 AM (in response to Alex Zavatone)

    Apple's Lion HUI guidelines tell us that "sudden and unexpected quitting of an application enhances the user experience".

     

    Where did you read that? Please post a link.

     

    Preview and TextEdit don't quit when their windows are closed. They may be crashing because something is wrong with your system or your data.

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,705 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 8:34 AM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Actually under Lion inactive programs can automatically quit. It is called Automatic Termination and while officially even an application with an open window can auto terminate I've not seen that happen....yet. See this TidBITS article.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 8:39 AM (in response to Alex Zavatone)

    So, since you have removed Lion from all your machines, you are no longer seeking a solution, and are just here to complain?  I'm sure the hosts will be interested to hear that!

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,830 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 8:55 AM (in response to dwb)

    I've not seen that happen....yet.

     

    Neither have I, but I'm not sure I would notice if it did happen, nor do I know why anyone would care.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,830 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 8:58 AM (in response to Alex Zavatone)

    Why do you care whether a document-centric application quits in the background when it has no documents open? I'm not being sarcastic; I'd really like to know.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,830 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 9:30 AM (in response to Alex Zavatone)

    OK, well, I guess that answers my question. I can't say that I share your concern. You know how to give feedback to Apple.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,830 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 10:06 AM (in response to Alex Zavatone)

    Why are you perfectly fine with the app quitting without your permission?

     

    Because it makes no difference to what I do.

     

    Using the steps I outlined, do you see the sme behaviour?

     

    No.

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