I recently upgraded to Illustrator CS6. In CS5, I had it set so that when saving or printing to a file, it would go to the directory I was last in. Now, it always defaults back to the base directory on the hard drive. I have not been able to find any preference option that would give Illustrator the previous behaviour. How can I change that?
Might actually be a file permissions/ user privileges issue rather than a thing in AI itself.... Adobe apps only revert to the default document folders, if the otehr folders/ files are unavailable or inaccessible, at least in the programs' thinking...
But I haven't changed any administrative privileges. The only thing that changed was the version of Illustrator. And the folders are always available. I can save a document into a particular hot folder on my desktop, and 5 seconds later save the same file and it defaults back to the hard drive directory. A real pain in the butt when I have multiple files all going to the same hot folder and I have to take the time to direct each one of them to the same folder.
So now I have to spend $35 for a program that does what happened naturally before?
Sorry. For work, I'm very routine-oriented and anything that breaks my routine and slows me down is maddening, so I hate the initial change of upgrades and the glitches and learning curves (and apparently expense too).
Not disagreeing with you. Apple needs to address the issue... but it's a Mac issue, not an Adobe issue. Each version of the Mac OS seems to cause file handling like this to change. Applications generally don't alter what the OS wants to do.
That's what I'm not understanding. If it IS an OS issue, then why is it only affecting Illustrator CS6? My OS hasn't changed and Illustrator CS5, which I was using up until a couple of weeks ago, did save to the last directory I was in.
Back in CS3 Adobe had their own "open/save" dialog windows you could use. Those slowly got removed. Adobe wrote in code (or left in the code) for AI-CS4 and CS5 to work around the issue. They shouldn't have to do that. My guess would be since AI CS6 was rewritten, not simply upgraded, they didn't include that bit of code to correct the issue on the Mac.
To be honest, I've been using Default Folder for 10+ years and nothing has ever changed in any version of Adobe apps.. even the horrid CS3 apps where EVERYONE was complaining about this. If open/save directory locations are important to you, I can't repeat DefaultFolder enough. Yes, it's $35. But there's a tiral you can use before paying. I paid once and have been using it for at least 10 years... so that's $3.50 per year to never have to deal with this headache again.