I understand the benefits of storing documents in iCloud; I really do. So, I understand why Apple wants to push this behavior. However, it’s not something that’s particularly useful to me at this time. The documents that I’m creating in Pages really only need to reside on one computer. I can’t think of any reason I would need to get to them from my phone. You’ll understand, then, why I’m finding the new save behavior to be quite annoying.
Previously, the “Save As” sheet would remember that I had set it to Column View, making it really quick for me to select the desired folder. Now, when I tell Pages to save a new document, it spits out its “Save As” sheet and, rather than leaving it in its previous state, it defaults to iCloud. There is no Column View for iCloud, so that gets turned off.
The next step is to select a different location from the “Where” menu. Of course, the location I want to save it isn’t listed in that menu, so I have to select a folder that contains the eventual target. Now I can click the little arrow button that switches the sheet to Column View, allowing me to drill down to the desired folder.
This requires several extra steps every time I save a new document. My applications should learn my behavior and reflect it, not doggedly attempt to change it.