Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Yep. They're removing the archaic idea that you
have to tell
your computer that what you do is important enough to keep around.
Nope. They've removed the file paradigm: with the Lion approach, there's no difference between the opened file and the file stored in disk. You no longer control the file stored in disk, because what you have on disk is the history of all the editing you did on your file, even if you didn't save it.
This is very problematic, because there're plenty of situations in which you want to play around with a file but you don't want to save it.
For an everyday situation, imagine you write on TextEdit: "present for my daughter birthday: surprise party at her favourite restaurant". You close it without saving. You of course are a computer advanced user, so you don't imagine you need to lock a file, or to manage the versions history, in order to get rid of a file you didn't save, because you expect that what you didn't save wasn't saved.
So, the next day, you open TextEdit, your daughter is with you, and bingo!!! The new Apple "invention" makes the day!!
For a professional situation, all people working in legal stuff, like lawyers and their staff need serious re-learning in order to learn this new file paradigm.
For computer programmers, it's a pain, because we're always testing stuff we don't want to save.
I understand that this is an innovation, and I'm not against innovation. But I'm against the Microsoft way of doing things, and the way Versions+Autosave has been introduced is the Microsoft way.
Let me have control of it, like with FileVault or TimeMachine, and I'll applaud Apple, as usual, because I'll be able to try it at my will. But impose me to change my mind on one day, as Microsoft tends to do, and I'll differ.
I don't have the necessary free time to learn this big change. I installed Lion and I needed to start using it immediately. Then I learned that if I used TextEdit or Preview without learning a new file paradigm, I could trash my stuff. Well that's nice if you have time, but I've a very demanding job.