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Restore custom Illustrator actions after crash?

Jan 5, 2013 6:46 PM

Tags: #illustrator #actions

Hi. I just spent two days automating a large project with Illustrator CS6 actions. I suppose I should have expected Illustrator to crash at some point during this process but I didn't and, of course, it did. Upon starting Illustrator back up after the crash, I found that all dozen or so of my complex actions were gone.


I did a bit of googling and it seems that AI doesn't save these to disk anywhere; rather it just keeps them in memory until they're explicitly saved. That is, creating an action doesn't seem to actually store it anywhere. Is this correct? Anyone have any tips for recovering my work from this or am I SOL?


Thanks for any tips/suggestions/condolances.


(Edit: I'm using Illustrator CS6 on Mac OS X 10.8.2)

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    Jan 5, 2013 6:47 PM   in reply to kwilson23

    It's correct.


    Until you tell AI to save the action, it's not physically saved anywhere.


    You'll have to re-record and save often.

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    Jan 6, 2013 1:10 PM   in reply to [scott w]

    Until you tell AI to save the action, it's not physically saved anywhere.


    That is rather a misleading statement, although it might be appropriate in this specific context (crash).


    Unsaved Action sets have always been stored inside (one of) the AIPrefs files after quitting Illustrator. Otherwise they couldn't be available when relaunching the programme.


    But as we are talking about a crash, that indeed may be bad luck.

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