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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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DealBITS Drawing: Pen

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And now for something completely different! Long-time TidBITS reader Simon Sunatori recently contacted us about doing a DealBITS drawing for a new pen he'd invented and patented, and while it wasn't Mac-related (other than coming in colors reminiscent of the original iPod mini), I was sufficiently intrigued to check it out. I have to admit, it's neat, in a geeky sort of way. The pen hangs from a pendant you wear around your neck, and the unusual part is that the pen and pendant contain relatively strong magnets. When attached, the magnets retract the pen tip; when detached, the pen tip drops down instantly and is ready for writing. The silver pendant contains a simple digital clock and is sufficiently polished on the other side to act as a mirror, helpful if you should ever need to focus the sun's rays to burn yourself out of captivity. Tristan and I do our family's weekly grocery shopping at the local GreenStar Cooperative Market, where we have to write down a variety of bulk product and produce codes to read to the cashier, and Simon's pen is by far the most convenient writing implement I've found for that task. No caps to lose, no buttons to click, no strings to tangle - it just works.


In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of two Pens, worth $20, in your choice of colors. Entrants who aren't our lucky winner will receive a significant discount, so if you're always losing your pens or having them leak in your pockets, be sure to enter at the DealBITS page linked below. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize to reward you for spreading the word.



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