I've been having some difficulty in rectifying this issue. It only recently started happening and to a file that is of great importance to me.
Since it happened and I continue to open the file 3 weeks worth of work with and outside the workspace vanished.
I've noticed some forums where 'Enable Content Recovery' was recommended.
I've followed these steps until I reach the _activefile.ai open in Text Wrangler.
I've found the questionable text.
(but herin lies the problem)
I am not quite sure how much of this text I should delete. Where to begin and end. And I know this is important because one thing deleted or kept in extra I will have to continue to repeat until I get it right.
I've attached the 'error message' along with a large group of the Post script text with the exact Offending operator error line highlighted.
If someone, Anyone can please reply with the exact verbiage to delete, in from here to here terms, I would greatly appreciate it. Recovering any lost data would be of tremendous value to me. I thank anyone in advance who cares to take their time to assist me.
Obviosly, you should work on a copy of the file so that you keep the original corrupt one until everything is sorted.
You may start by trying to insert a space so that the end of the offending line becomes:
Failing that, you may try to delete:
Failing that, you may try to delete the whole line.
Failing that, you may try to delete the whole block of 5 lines along with one of the S lines above/below it.
Thank you for your input. I've tried all those and results are more error messages.
I will attach.
(delete 1096.s results as follows)
and accompanying error message:
(delete block of 5 lines results as follows)
and accompanying error message:
(space before s is as follows)
and accompanying error message:
None were helpful although I appreciate your time. I'm still open for suggestion. I am trying to relay results in as efficient manner as possible. i hope this helps in acheiving success.
Hello there Larry,
here is the result. A valid attempt, but more error messages.
I checked that link you mentioned to another thread regarding the same issues, my problem is, I don't know Post Script, and the correct parameters to delete. therefore I would be like a kid playing lego's instead of a fine surgeon as you fine fellows. Therefore I resort to specifics as much as I can because I'm very good at following direction in rewriting code etc. Provided direction is given.
I appreciate the time you have been taking to help. I will post the results below.
Reworked code as referred:
accompanying error message:
Do these error messages move further down the text representing the file any any of the cases?
If that is the case, it may be worth continuing, to see whether you get through to an opening of the file with whichever parts may be rescued.
No problem but what you have shown in the two subsequent screen captures are mostly garbage. What's in the file and when was the last time you were able to open it? Did you make a backup at any time? the numbers just don't make sense. PostScript is just a way to describe the position on the page of items and numerical descriptions of the locations of points used in formulas to draw the lines.
It looks like this is a fairly large file. Is this correct?
These are design boards. I had work within the workspace that was deleted, I have just realized how much of that was deleted about 5 minutes ago actually. Totally upset at the moment. But I also had designs (performance garments / descriptions etc) on different parts of the artboard outside of the workspace, that also went missing. Altogether about 3-4 weeks of work. I had a backup, but a lot of work was done over this weekend that I didn't backup. I just kept saving over and over to prevent just such a thing.
This all occurred 5am est, after saving my work all weekend, I went to do a final save before turning in, and this error popped up. I clicked OK, and noticed all the work missing. Now, the file is about 350megs. So I keep my desktop,(where I do most of my work), relatively empty of other files of that size so as not to come across any storage issues.
Anyway after I realized the work was missing, (and balling like a newborn baby), I have been up researching ways to fix the problem. This is where I came upon the Adobe threads and fellows with similiar issues. I even contacted my old professor from 2003. I have been staying on these threads because I notice that some people with Offending operator errors have had some success.
I hate to tell you but you will probably have the best luck by redoing everything from the previous backup. It looks like the file is really messed up and nothing we do here is going to save it. That is 350MB file size is huge for an AI file.
OK! ugh. I appreciate your help nonetheless.
I have one more question.
I notice that if I open the file in acrobat and save as pdf, some of the stuff I lost in workspace is viewabe. But not all. But it wont all me to open up in illustrator to pull the stuff.
Is there an alternate way?
Ahh I was able to Place individual pages in Illustrator from pdf. Even though the pdf file didnt not preview the missing pages, when I placed the blank page it placed the page with work. So that saved me a weeks worth of work. Not to get started on the other two.
You guys have been the greatest. Very much appreciated. You definitely earned those merit badges guys.
I tell you what though, I still don't know what I did to make the file turn that garbled. But I will keep file sizes down and make multiple backups from now on.
powernap (before the crash)
One of the ways to keep the artwork alive is to save with different names, maybe a new name every time you start a new aspect.
And you should always save the work externally before closing for the day. That may be done in different ways that may avert different dangers.
In addition to that, you should save regularly. And it may be a good thing to start a new layer for a new version of some artwork; you can always delete the old layer when you are sure.
All this will cut losses, but you can never avoid the risk.
And thank you for the nice words.
I have just learned about a recovery tool in another thread.
You may download a trial here, and if it works, you may buy. The tool seems to cost $27 for a year, and it can be renewed for $12; maybe you can do that at any time if needed. I thought it would be worth a try.
This is the thread where moniuch tells about it: