Currently Being ModeratedNov 5, 2012 6:15 AM (in response to Adriano R)
And once you get versioning sorted, get Time Machine or another backup solution configured and operating!
You're running with no safety net, no protection, no assurance — if your disk goes or gets corrupted, bang, your data is gone!
With a MacBook or other Apple portable, Time Capsule is far and away the easiest solution available. Once Time Machine has been configured and then whenever you're in range of the Time Capsule, you get automatic backups.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 5, 2012 2:34 PM (in response to MrHoffman)
I don't want any protection for hardware failure, that's not the problem. I wish versions worked in a more than obviously smarter way of asking me "would you like to save it?" or maybe saving it in another place other than a document that is already saved. Try you guys. Place a rtf and a txt in the desktop with the same name. than open one of them and convert it to the other kind. Just close the TextEdit and you will have your file erased. Nice, huh? It doesn't put a number (for example) at the end of the name. Just replace files. Nice, huh? The help menu just give me silly information. I was actually expecting some one could point me a software that could look for the lost file, some kind of Disk Drill, maybe.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 5, 2012 3:17 PM (in response to Adriano R)
The versions are referenced by saved date, since they are not necessarily separate files - you can dig around after reading this article, but you should be editing a duplicate or explicitly saving a copy rather than trying to fake out the application. Your example is a bit nasty though, so you should provide some feedback to Apple (and don't do that! ).
Currently Being ModeratedNov 5, 2012 6:10 PM (in response to Adriano R)
For TextEdit, there's this sequence for recovering old versions:
"Use document versions
TextEdit saves “snapshots” of documents that have changed so you can revisit files as they appeared in the past. These snapshots, referred to as versions, are automatically saved by TextEdit (and by Time Machine if you’re using it) as you work. You can also explicitly save a version using TextEdit.
When you’re actively editing a document, TextEdit saves a version every hour, but more frequently when you’re making significant changes to the document. TextEdit also saves a version when you open a document, save or duplicate a document, lock or rename a document, or revert to a previous version.
TextEdit periodically prunes saved versions so that they’re easier to browse. Hourly versions are kept for 24 hours, and early revisions are available on a daily basis until they’re a month old, when they’re available on a weekly basis. TextEdit deletes all versions when you delete a document."
...and then later...
"Examine, recover, duplicate, and delete previous versions
Do one of the following:
If you have unsaved changes, choose File > Revert to Saved, and then click Older Version.
Hold the pointer to the right of the document title, click the downward-facing arrow, and then choose Browse All Versions from the pop-up menu.
Click a gray tick mark along the timeline on the right to display various versions of your document.
Do one of the following:
To restore your document to the state of a particular version, display that version, and then click Restore.
To delete a displayed older version, hold the pointer to the right of the version’s title, click the downward-facing arrow, and then choose Delete This Version.
To delete all older versions, press the Option key while holding the pointer to the right of an older version’s title, click the downward-facing arrow, and then choose Delete Old Versions.
To create a new untitled document that duplicates a particular version, display the version, press the Option key, and then click “Restore a Copy.”
To leave your document in its current state, click Done."
And at the risk of demonstrating my usual hammerlock-grip on the obvious, if there were backups here, then we would probably not be having this discussion. Backups are for more than just hardware failures, after all. Application errors, errant file deletions, volume corruptions recovering from security breaches or malicious deletions, there are many reasons for backups beyond recovering from hardware errors.
And FWIW, the VMS-style appended-number file version scheme can be nice in some ways, and quite the hassle in others. (But a compare and contrast with a VMS-style file versioning scheme is fodder for another time.)