Mac Version of 5.2 no Longer Remember Open Document Tabs, Position and Size

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19 Apr, 2018 05:19 PM

After applying the update, when I close and re-open a VoodooPad document on my Mac, all information about the main document window is lost including open tabs and size.

I am also having syncing issues with the IOS version so it is possible that this issue is caused by the drop box sync corrupting these setting on the Mac.

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  1. 31 Posted by Mark on 09 Nov, 2018 08:49 PM

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    Yes this is still an issue (major problem) with 5.2.3. It really does make VoodooPad unusable for me. VoodooPad 4.3.6 still works wonderfully well in Mojave 10.14.1. But, alas, it is 32-bit. Will be quite sad if I cannot use VoodooPad in macOS 10.15

  2. 32 Posted by andrewb on 09 Nov, 2018 08:56 PM

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    I have a weird situation at this point. First, I have "Close windows when quitting an app" in system prefs unchecked. One of my documents remembers its tabs. Another document will not remember its tabs, size etc.

    The 5.2.3 update changed nothing about the behavior above. Perhaps this problem has something to do with old setting in VoodooPad documents. I have been using VoodooPad for years and many of my documents are very old.

  3. 33 Posted by Naomi S on 11 Nov, 2018 10:47 AM

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    The most recent update hasn't fixed this for me either -- it's still re-opening as a small square on the index page with no tabs, no matter what I had open or how I had it organized.

    None of the other problematic behaviors I've reported have been addressed, either (e.g., the side drawer is tab-specific, so, as I shift between tabs it vanishes and re-appears; hitting the 'back' button takes me to the top of that page, rather than to the place I was at in it before -- especially problematic because I need to open every link in a new tab in order to avoid ever hitting the 'back' button since I lose my place).

    Going back to v4, and starting the process of finding some sort of alternative to migrate away to. Love, love, love VoodooPad, but it's starting to look too much like the new folks can't work with it terribly successfully -- and I need something that works.

    Still hoping very much that fixes come...

  4. 34 Posted by Naomi S on 11 Nov, 2018 10:50 AM

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    Anyone know where I can download the older (last v4) version? I'd assumed it would be on the site somewhere, but I'm not finding it.

    Here's hoping at least that is available, or I won't even be able to use that as a fix to stay with VoodooPad.

  5. 35 Posted by loïc on 11 Nov, 2018 08:36 PM

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    Same problem here with VoodooPad Version 5.2.3 (6357). I removed the preferences files, and also start a new document but it always lost the position and open tab.

  6. Support Staff 36 Posted by John on 13 Nov, 2018 04:58 AM

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    There's a known issue in macOS 10.13 (and earlier) that causes VoodooPad to not properly restore documents and windows on launch. This issue is fixed in macOS 10.14.

    Please let us know if you continue to see this issue with VoodooPad 5.2.3 on macOS 10.14.

  7. 37 Posted by andrewb on 13 Nov, 2018 06:15 AM

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    Thanks for your response. I am running OS 10.14.1 and VoodooPad 5.2.3.

    After receiving your response I played around with this a bit and there are two use cases.

    1. Open a document, resize it, open many tabs. Close the document but not VoodooPad and then re-open it. Upon reopening the document, the window size and open tabs are lost.
    2. Open a document, resize it, open many tabs. Quit VoodooPad. Relaunch VoodooPad. The Document opens with all tabs. The size doesn’t quite match the previous size; almost seems to be previous size - 1 (as in the second to the last window size before closing, but I can’t say for sure without more testing).

    This seems to be an improvement, but in the past, but cases 1 and 2 would remember sizing and open tabs.

    For VoodooPad 5.2.3, what do you consider the proper functionality for use cases 1 and 2?


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  8. 38 Posted by Darren Wheatley on 13 Nov, 2018 08:03 AM

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    Still broken on 10.14 and latest Voodoo Pad.



  9. 39 Posted by Mark on 13 Nov, 2018 10:54 AM

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    This is still an issue with VoodooPad 5.2.3 on macOS 10.14.1.

    It has been an issue with all versions of VoodooPad 5.x

    It has never been an issue with VoodooPad 4.3.6 (the last version by Flying Meat) which has worked properly, and indeed continues to work properly in all versions of Mac OS X from Mac OS X 10.6 through macOS 10.14.1.

    VoodooPad 4.3.6 has a specific preference for this “Remember Workspace on Quit”, please open a version of 4.3.6 and observe under Preferences - General

    This preference is not present in all versions of VoodooPad 5.x

    Other apps I use do this behavior correctly in all versions of macOS including macOS 11, 12, 13 and the current macOS 10.14.1, BBEdit comes to mind

    This is very frustrating as the responses from Primate Lab seems to indicate they do not understand what the issue is here.


  10. 40 Posted by Mark on 13 Nov, 2018 11:13 AM

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    Let’s put this another way:

    I am respectfully making a request for a new feature in VoodooPad 5.x

    I would like VoodooPad 5.x upon opening to open the previously used document I was using when last using VoodooPad

    Examples of this feature can be seen in:

    VoodooPad 4.3.6 under Preferences - General - Remember workspace on quit
    BBEdit 12.5 under Preferences - Application - Reopen documents that were open at last quit

    Thank you


  11. 41 Posted by Josh Garoon on 13 Nov, 2018 12:30 PM

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    andrewb's experience most closely reflects mine:

    Closing the program retains even multiple windows, with their tabs, for me (and I don't seem to be encountering any window resizing on start-up/reopen).

    Closing windows and reopening documents loses the open tabs before the window closure.

    Thanks for you work on this!

  12. 42 Posted by millerwbryan on 13 Nov, 2018 01:39 PM

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    As with the others, 5.2.3 on masOS 10.13.6 does not remember window sizes, tabs, etc. However, 5.1.8 continues to work just fine.

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