I use pages for my work invoices and have a pretty comprehensive filing for previous invoices. The omission of 'save as' in the lion version of pages is extremely frustrating. Is there a work around? Will they fix this in the future or should I switch to a microsoft excel worksheet?
Yes, you moron, of course I am certain or I would not have wasted my time "ranting" as you call it. With experience on this computer platform since 1984 and a shareholder for many years, I have earned the right to express an opinion that is, if I do say so myself, educated.
I did not say that there is anything wrong with Lion, notwithstanding some early adoption problems that will certainly become corrected in subsequent releases. Only a fool would discard that much progress because of a few minor glitches having to be learned or resolved.
The removal of SAVE AS is different. It's a classic "ain't broke don't fix it" example. On a system known for its intuitiveness, Save a Version is as counterintuitive as can be. You execute the command and you're still on the same document, so what is the "version" and how does it differ from "Save" ? The Duplicate command has worked splendidly in Photoshop, where there is a reason to have two identical docs open together. In a word processing environment, that makes sense when you use BBEdit to compare text in multiple docs. In Pages, as a substitute for Save As, it only results in your having to close the one you just duplicated and eventually use an additional step to name the new one something other than "copy".
This change is totally indefensible. If someone can explain the rationale, go ahead. Otherwise, you can call me an idiot or a ranter, but it's obvious by the existence of these discussions of the problem that I've got the world on my side on this one.