OS X Lion Wants You To Never Press “Save” Again. Here’s How It Works.

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Sort through old versions of your document….in space.

Two of Mac OS X Lion’s most useful new bragging points are the one-two-punch Auto-Save and Versions features.They work together to make editing documents and keeping track of changes seamless.

In Lion, you shouldn’t ever have to press Save on a document again. At least this is how things work for Apple apps like Pages, Keynote, Numbers, and TextEdit.

Soon, third party developers will implement Apple’s new developer tool for auto-saving, and we’ll start seeing more apps that save on their own and let you browse previous versions of your media.

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