h a l f b a k e r y
Keep out of reach of children.
add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random
news, help, about, links, report a problem
or get an account
This is quite a remarkably dull idea, for which I apologise. It's
the heat. This idea will not save lives, nor will it put a spring
in the step of the user (unless the user is also remarkably
dull). Howevertheless, it's the best I can do at this moment in
It often happens that
I'm working on a document, and want to
email a copy of that document to someone. So, I attach it and
hit send. Then the qualms begin. Did I save the document
before I attached it? Well, the document's header tells me
that it's been saved since I changed it, but did I save it just
now, or did I save it before I attached and sent it? Have I, in
fact, sent someone a version that does not contain my latest,
essential and perceptive edits? Qualm. Qualmity qualm
So, all I ask from life* is that, when I attach a document to an
email, the email software will tell me if the document is open
and has unsaved changes.
*Actually now that I think of it, there are a few other things as
Apple has announced the next ipad!
[Voice, Aug 10 2019]
||I'd settle for file open having an integrated search
||Great idea, and can be easily accomplished. Thanks!
||This entire process of creating a file, saving it locally,
then attaching it to an email is becoming antiquated.
||Next you'll be proposing easier hand-cranks for car
||But what if you wanted to make multiple versions of
whatever song you were mastering with slight
||Ipads also have some shortcomings with lack of
things like a file explorer.
||// I'd settle for file open having an integrated search //
||It's had that since Tiger, which came out in 2005, and Vista, which came out in 2007.
||// But what if you wanted to make multiple versions of whatever song you were mastering with slight variations? //
||Then saving multiple files (using Save as
, using Save a copy
, by duplicating, or otherwise) is probably not the best way to do
that, but most creative software I've used doesn't provide a better way. The only one I can think of is Layer Comps in Photoshop.
I guess you can do that with branches in a version control system, but most of those don't work well with binary files and would
probably be inconvenient for this use case (not to mention that they can't be used on iOS due to Apple's restrictions). The only
one I've heard of that's designed for this was something by Adobe as well, but I can't find it anymore. I think it was called
||// Ipads also have some shortcomings with lack of things like a file explorer. //
||Indeed. The other day, I wanted to get some ePub books onto my iPad and open them in the iBooks app. Apparently, you used
to be able to do this by dragging the books into iTunes while the iPad was connected, but you can't do that anymore, because
there's now a Mac iBooks app, and Apple for some reason thought that meant that you shouldn't be able to drag books onto your
iPad anymore. The new way I found was to attach them to an email to yourself, and open that email on the iPad, and open the
attachments in iBooks from there. But that's silly, and, also, I refuse to send myself an email, ever, for any purpose. So I put
them in Google Drive and installed a couple of "file browser" apps that had built-in Google Drive access on my iPad. That was
fine until I managed to download the files and found neither app offered iBooks as an option for opening them. Also, neither app
could see the files that the other had downloaded. I guess, because of Apple's insistence that you don't need a filesystem on
iOS, each app had to download the files into its own storage, rather than any actual place in the iPad's storage, which is what it
looked like was happening. I still haven't managed to get those books into iBooks on there. iBooks on my Mac works fine, though
I just double-click the files in the Finder and they open right up in iBooks. I thought iOS was supposed to be simpler to use