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10.7: Avoid 'Backup of' Files in iWork Apps
With AutoSave and Versions in Mac OSX Lion, iWork now creates a 'Backup of' file for every document you create in an iWork application. However, there is a very easy way to prevent this.

If you're tired of the backup files created by iWork, simply go to Preferences » General (in each of the iWork applications) and then uncheck 'Back up previous version when saving' and check 'Save new documents as packages.' This will maintain the data needed for Versions and AutoSave without cluttering up your Mac with duplicate files.

[crarko adds: This seems to work as described in Pages; I don't necessarily mind having the backup file.]
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10.7: Avoid 'Backup of' Files in iWork
Authored by: alexburke on Sep 12, '11 08:12:09AM

Do NOT check "Save new files as packages". The first-gen iWork files were actually packages (folders), making them impossible to email without first zipping. Apple has since fixed that; iWork now saves files as files, not packages.

Other than that, the hint should be accurate.

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10.7: Avoid 'Backup of' Files in iWork
Authored by: JMoVS on Sep 12, '11 08:58:36AM

Where is the location of these backup files?

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10.7: Avoid 'Backup of' Files in iWork
Authored by: Mike Perry on Sep 12, '11 10:23:12AM

Yes, but what can I do if "the data needed for Versions and AutoSave" is precisely what I want to get rid of? I do a lot of my writing on a MacBook with only a small SSD. I don't want that limited space getting filled with a rapidly growing file that I have no control over and whose growth I can't turn off. I don't even need what Versions offers. All my work is automatically double-backed up to three different locations.

I'm growing tired of Apple acting as if all their users were in the bottom 5% in computer literacy. Apple's motto is no longer "Be Different." It's "You're Stupid."

For others, particularly those in law, medicine and finance, having everything they do in iWork stored in that covert file is perhaps the most bizarre security violation by an OS since Microsoft released Windows. And if you recall, many of Windows' security vulnerabilities came from treating users as too stupid to manage an OS that didn't leave access wide open.

Matters will only get worse as Apple pressures outside developers to make all their apps Version-ready. Covertly storing the contents of all those documents in a hidden file buried in the Root folder and given "Wheel" status is far more like a unwelcome and dangerous virus than a useful feature.

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10.7: Avoid 'Backup of' Files in iWork
Authored by: baltwo on Sep 12, '11 03:11:57PM

In the hidden .DocumentRevisions-V100 folder at the root-level.

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10.7: Avoid 'Backup of' Files in iWork
Authored by: David Allen on Sep 12, '11 08:06:41PM

Hey, I know you!

Dah•veed |David Allen|
Monterrey, NL, Mexico

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10.7: Avoid 'Backup of' Files in iWork
Authored by: dezzie on Sep 13, '11 01:43:35AM

What is the relevance of checking 'Save new documents as packages'? This option is unchecked by default, but Versions still works, so I am not sure the benefit of turning that on.

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