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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 spacetime.

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 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 well.

MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 23 2019

Apple has announced the next ipad! http://moleo.eu/dat...dium/1/2/9221_1.jpg
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       General's dilemma
pocmloc, Jul 24 2019

       I'd settle for file open having an integrated search
theircompetitor, Jul 24 2019

       Great idea, and can be easily accomplished. Thanks!
pashute, Jul 25 2019

       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 starting.
RayfordSteele, Jul 25 2019

       Oh yes, those old fashioned desktop and laptop operating systems. I remember them. You had to intentionally pick arbitrary times out of the air for which to execute a save upon. As if the antique of a computer can’t just save as it goes along each time the state changes. Like everything on my iPad Pro does. *   

       * not everything. Korg’s Gadget, which is probably one of my most used apps still adheres to that cretinous paradigm of having a ‘save’ menu entry which I have to manually go and attend to every now and then. It really should catch up with the times. There’s no excuse. Korg are ridiculously backward with a lot of aspects of their apps.
Ian Tindale, Jul 25 2019

       But what if you wanted to make multiple versions of whatever song you were mastering with slight variations?   

       Ipads also have some shortcomings with lack of things like a file explorer.
RayfordSteele, Jul 26 2019

       // 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 Versions…?   

       // 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 than macOS?
notexactly, Aug 10 2019


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