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9:33 pm on Feb 15, 2019 (gmt 0)

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... that if I resize the window manually, Preview will remember what page of the PDF I was on the next time I open it, the way my Preferences tell it to. If instead I resize automatically by clicking the green button, Preview will revert to the beginning of the document next time I open it, regardless of my Prefs.

I have owned this computer almost 9 years, and only just figured this out.

Sigh.
10:53 pm on Feb 15, 2019 (gmt 0)

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What critter? They don't all work the same way.
6:36 pm on Feb 16, 2019 (gmt 0)

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That was a pretty good read too: [nytimes.com...]
7:30 pm on Feb 16, 2019 (gmt 0)

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‘I bet you don’t have a computer in your living room.’

Heh. Go back a generation or two earlier, and lots of people had computers (or calculators, which meant the same thing) in their living rooms.
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9 years on the same Mac is not quite what Apple had in mind.
10:50 pm on Feb 16, 2019 (gmt 0)

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They've leveled off. Obviously there have been times in the past* when a nine-year-old computer would be impossible, but currently it does everything I need. I dread the day when something dies irreparably and I'm forced to “upgrade” to something that will no longer support the applications I like. (I did have the HD replaced a couple of years ago, and I've been on an external CD drive for ages because $40 from Amazon is less than diagnostics, let alone a new internal drive.) In fact the only reason I got my current machine is that the video on the previous one died--very dramatic-looking visuals--and having it replaced would cost more than the computer was worth.

Preview is one of those built-in programs that is closely tied with the OS, so it hasn't been updated in years. (Safari is the same, and Character Viewer is many, many unicode releases behind. I only just learned they're up to 11. Haha.) But I'm confident there was never anything in the docs that says the Prefs setting for opening on your last-viewed PDF page only works so long as you don't use the green Resize button. Bug or feature?


* When my son was in high school, he got himself a new computer every other year, and passed the old one to me. That worked nicely.