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Opening an AFTEMPLATE could prompt a new "untitled" document

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I was experimenting with aftemplate file and noticed that it's not creating a new untitled document if I directly double-click on it to open or access it from File > Open window!
Most of the template formats (PSDT, AIT, INDT etc) prompts a new document and this would be a handy feature if included.
Need of editing a template occurs rare and in such cases Open Template for Edit option can be used.


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23 minutes ago, Joachim_L said:

How to tell, that you want to edit the template?

Just open the template, make changes and export as template with same name to overwrite it will do that thing.


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25 minutes ago, malayali said:

Just open the template, make changes and export as template with same name to overwrite it will do that thing.

I prefer to have two clicks less with the current method. ;) So this is not a bug, but more a feature request?

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8 minutes ago, Joachim_L said:

So this is not a bug, but more a feature request?

I don't know. Templates usually work like that and it makes the workflow much easier. Take an example of PSDT or any other template formats. They all prompt to a new document rather than to edit the template itself.


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So you're proposing that double-clicking on a template file, and using File > Open on it should behave differently?


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8 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

So you're proposing that double-clicking on a template file, and using File > Open on it should behave differently?

Both should prompt new untitled document like File > New from Templates.


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Personally, I disagree. It is easier to edit a template if you can simply open it, and make your changes.

But you are free to have your opinion, of course :)


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Working previously with template file formats such as PSDT, AIT and so on initially I thought this is a bug. Now realized that I should have posted this in feature requests instead.  🙄

On 3/30/2020 at 6:21 PM, walt.farrell said:

Personally, I disagree. It is easier to edit a template if you can simply open it, and make your changes.

But you are free to have your opinion, of course :)

Maybe a checkbox in Preferences on how to deal with templates while opening them (prompt to New or Edit).

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The truth is that the most common use of a template is to create a new document. Its adjustment is rarely done so double click difference would be understandable and natural (adequate New Form). However, opening a template should remain for her modification.


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On macOS in the 'New Document' window, you can double click on a Template’s thumbnail to open it or after selecting it’s thumbnail clicking the ‘Create’ button.
Either way it always opens as a new ‘untitled’ document.
If you want to edit a preexisting template, right click on the one you wish to change and you will get a popup with the option ‘Open Template for Edit’.


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5 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

Personally, I disagree. It is easier to edit a template if you can simply open it, and make your changes.

I like this easy way to edit a template, but we could have a second option "Open as new" with the right-click menu on Windows (and perhaps on OS X). 

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