An auto-save feature wouldn't be too hard, and it would have saved me millions of times. I don't think auto-save would slow the program down terribly.
Do other people want this?
I'm all for it, but it would have to be an option, since it would become annoying with big documents.
I'm currently working on a document that takes at least 5 seconds to save.
A more viable solution to eventual crashes could be to save a list of your last actions on the document. In practice, to recover the history window, if Illustrator had one, like Photoshop, a feature that I already requested myself (just having the history window, not recovering it when opening a document).
If I understood correctly, Alan Cooper briefly suggests this in his great book on usability, "About Face". I'm not exactly a geek, but I think that's what he means when saying "saving the undo buffer". Perhaps Illustrator could just save the list of what you did and did not save, and then execute all those lost steps when opening the previously crashed document. Anyway, he wrote that and a whole chapter on "Rethinking files and save (or something like that)" some 10 or 15 years ago, so don't expect Adobe or any other company to actually do it in the near future. Because this guy is a programmer, and that tells me that this sort of stuff was already possible in the 90s.
And by the way, you're lucky if they even read your request. Just take a look at my last post and its date and take your conclusions.
I am sick of losing work in illustrator CS5. I would so much rather have a bit of a slow down than have to waste my day recreating everything again for the second time. I used to think of illustrator CS2/3 as pretty rock solid but now my opinion is changing, and yet my computer hardware is now more capable than ever. Other apps have it...why not illustrator? Adobe needs to remember for us professionals features like this are not optional, we expect this as a baseline requirement for all apps included in CS5. The whole point of a bundled suite is to have common features supported across them all. 10 years ago we complained and dealt with the constant crashes but now there is just no excuse.
YES!! Illustrator crashes without warning often and I find myself often supremely frustrated with the instability of the program. I work with this program for my profession and work under sometimes very fast deadlines where every minute matters. losing half an hour to an hour of work can be devastating.
Photoshop has added auto-recovery and has saved me many times as that program is somewhat unstable as well.
There are so many factors that could lead to a crash it just seems like auto-recovery would be a fantastic fail-safe to mitigate the issues caused by these unpredictable bugs.
I really really hope they add an auto-recovery feature to illustrator.
yes! for a program that is this unstable autosave is a must! Or make it stable. either works for me. But how many times I am just finishing this last one thing before I am going to save... and - GONE! Sad.
I'd love to have an auto-save feature in Illustrator, but what it comes down to is that they need to fix the instability first. Claiming to have the most advanced graphic editing software in the world and having said programs crash at the slightest hiccup is frustrating to say the least.