Assigning Apps to Spaces in Lion

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OSX Lion select space for app

I like to keep a separate desktop window (“space” in Apple parlance) for blogging (and the screenshot shot and editing apps I use). However, when I launch an app, it defaults to the main desktop. I remember that in OSX 10.6, you could set which space an application opening in System Preferences. However that has gone the way of the dodo in OSX 10.7 Lion.  So, how do you select where apps should open or even keep them visible on all desktops?

Easy enough:

  1. Right click (CMD-click) icon in the application dock.
  2. Go to Options.
  3. Select which desktop you want the app to launch in (or if you want it in all desktops).

Yay! Thanks to MacLife for providing a list of Mac Spaces tips. I would love to link directly to the article but the URL produces a 404 error each time. It looks like MacLife doesn’t like deep linking.

How to choose where files save in OS X Lion with “Save As” gone

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«This is what I think about you!»In another of Lion’s magical, revolutionary, and mandatory changes to your workflow, the “Save As” option and hotkey are gone from many Apple apps such as Pages.

As a lawyer who has gone all-in on the Mac bandwagon and is generally happy with dropping M$ pricey and bloated office application, I am nonetheless less than thrilled with the removal of the “Save As”  functions.

  • I get that saves happen in the background.
  • I get that I can duplicate files.
  • I get that I can export files.


“Don’t worry about it, the OS will take care of all that” is NOT an acceptable answer when I want to save files into a client’s folder.

Fortunately, like many things in Lion, the functionality in there, it’s just magically hidden from you. Or at least until you learn the new and funner way of doing it. And then you will just feel stupid for not realizing the new way Apple wants you to do things.

What’s the secret? Just use Cmd+S (or Save from the File menu). And you get a save dialog. Want more options? Press the disclosure triangle next to the filename and you can select where the file is saved.

In short, “Save” is the new “Save As.”

You know, learning the quirks of Lions feels a LOT like playing Portal 2. Cave Johnson, we’re done here.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar

Mac Tips for Lawyers: How to quickly save to PDF

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I’m thrilled to be doing Mac Tips section in the Colorado Bar newsletter. Here’s the first one:

One of the great things about being an Mac based attorney using is the built-in option to save any document as a PDF. You don’t need any plug ins or even Adobe Reader to do this. It’s all built into Apple OSX.

Unfortunately, Apple still makes you go through a number of clicks to save to pdf:

1. You have to hit Cmd+P to bring up the Print Screen.

2. Select the PDF button in the lower left corner of the Print Screen. Then select the save as PDF selection.

3. Finally, you get to select where to save the PDF.

Over the course of a day, having to move your mouse to the PDF button and select the correct option quickly becomes a drag.

The EASY way to save to PDF in Mac OSX

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