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Avoid Naming Pear Note Files

If you create a lot of documents, coming up with a name for them can sometimes be a hassle. This is especially true now that search is becoming a more prevalent way to find documents. Pear Note provides a way to have the application automatically generate a filename so you can avoid this hassle. To use this:

  1. Open Saving under Pear Note's preferences.
  2. Select a default save location.
  3. Select a default save name template (Pear Note's help documents all the fields that can be automatically filled in).
  4. Check the box stating that Command-S saves without prompting.
  5. If you decide you want to name a particular note later, just use Save As... instead.

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Feedback on TidBITS Size Change -- We've long had a self-imposed limit of 30,000 characters in each issue of TidBITS. In the interests of editing articles to improve their content, rather than to reduce their size, we're considering eliminating our strict size limit. Instead, we would have an issue size goal of 30,000 characters; if an issue was several thousand characters longer, we'd edit only as much as we felt necessary to present the best possible articles. We think this will improve our content by eliminating some last minute editing mistakes, plus remove an unnecessary task from our work each week.

However, every change has a downside. The 30,000 character limit kept issues small enough to fit through old email gateways and to display in old email programs. Most modern programs can now handle large messages, but we want to judge the potential impact of this change before making it. Some people undoubtedly still use older software; the question is, how many of these programs are still in place and how heavily are they used? If you would be affected by this change or have an opinion about it, please post to the TidBITS Talk thread on the topic. [ACE]

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