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Recently I have had 3 saved Pages files refuse to open because "the document does not have a valid format". Anyone else come across this and is there anything I can do to retrieve them?

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This kind of thing is reported here quite often.
I wrote here many times that computers aren't perfect tools and that they may fail.
With pre-Lion systems, it's our duty to take care of our works.
Never save upon the file which we opened.
This is why I wrote an AutoSave script which save archived versions of works in progress every ten minutes.
With Lion, the system AutoSave by itself on the opened file. By default, Versions keep consecutive versions every hour which, from my point of view, isn't sufficient.
But, it would be a good idea to check if you have iWork '09 and iWork '08 installed on your machine.
Maybe, it's Pages '08 which try to open your files.
Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France)  lundi 14 janvier 2011 19:13:21
iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.2
My iDisk is : <http://public.me.com/koenigyvan>
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