Apple Matches QuarkXPress Feature — 20 years later!

Last week, Apple announced the details of OS X 10.7 (Lion), due in July.

Two of the most useful new features for designers is auto-save and auto-versioning — which Quark introduced in QuarkXPress back in the early 1990s!

In case you missed it, here’s how to automatically save revisions of your QuarkXPress documents:

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QuarkXPress’s Auto Save feature can save a temporary copy of your document for you as you work. That way, if QuarkXPress crashes, you’ll never lose more than a few minutes’ work.

To enable it, Choose File> Preferences or QuarkXPress> Preferences and then select Open and Save in the Application category. Tick the checkbox labeled Auto Save and then type in the number of minutes you want XPress to wait between auto-saves.

If QuarkXPress crashes, then the next time you open your document a dialog will appear asking if you want to open the auto-saved version or the version you last manually saved.

QuarkXPress also has an Auto Backup feature: each time you manually Save your document, it creates a new file and also saves the previous version with an incremental number added to its file name.

To enable it, Choose File> Preferences or QuarkXPress> Preferences and select Open and Save in the Application category. Tick the checkbox labeled Auto Backup and then type in the number of revisions you want to save. (QuarkXPress will delete the oldest versions as it saves new ones.)

By default, it saves the older versions in the same folder as the active document. But you can also choose a different folder, which can make file maintenance a little simpler when projects are completed.