24 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2015 3:44 PM by Krayons RSS

    autosave in illustrator CS6

    kililio Community Member

      Hi ,

       

      Is there an autosave feature in Ilustrator CS6 like there is in Photoshop CS6 ?

       

      Thank you !

        • 1. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
          Larry G. Schneider MVP

          The short answer is no.

          • 2. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
            DavidLaufer Community Member

            This is an outrageous omission. Why do smart people make stupid omissions?

            • 3. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
              [scott] Community Member

              Auto-save was not feasible for Illustrator until Illustrator was 64Bit in nature. CS6 is now 64Bit. It's my hope that in the future more changes will be made which were not possible in the 32Bit app.

              • 4. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                nicknameforme Community Member

                There were scripts and other techniques to allow auto-saving for years.  Therefore, it is clearly not true that auto-saving was not possible before AI was 64 bit.  I continually wonder how After Effects and far more powerful software like 3ds max can have autosave for (15+ years in the case of Max) and poor little Illustrator does not.  This is just another example of pathetically bad and user-unfriendly software programming by Adobe.  I requested Auto-save at least 10 years ago to the Adobe wishlist.  Still waiting. Every time I lose work I've done in Illustrator I internally bless Adobe for their great work.

                • 5. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                  Dhamma_seva

                  is totally stupid to not have an autosae future on illustrator cs6, it is a basic UX feature, yet Adobe enjoys making people suffer it seems... Good way to loose users...

                  • 6. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                    AndrewSalveson

                    Absolutely maddening. I'm sure I lose 10 to 20 hours a year, and I'm not alone; multiply that by the thousand+ people in my company that use Illustrator and you've got nearly half of a million dollars of wasted time, just within my company, purely because Adobe can't figure out how to incorporate an auto-save feature.

                     

                    . . . and that's not even billable time.

                    • 7. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                      condor47

                      Inkscape has an autosave feature but of course isn't nearly as comprehensive as Illustrator. I don't know what your company does but maybe it could consider switching some people over. Losing customers is the only thing they'll pay attention to.

                      • 8. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                        W_J_T Community Member

                        28,000++ views of this thread, way to "not" pay attention to your customers Adobe, I guess add this to the enormous list of basic things Illustrator lacks.

                         

                        Anyway, you could probably set up an AppleScript (mac) or Visual Basic (windows) to run in the background and do an autosave of sorts.

                        • 9. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                          Larry G. Schneider MVP

                          But how do you expect it to work? Since Saving in AI involves a complete rewrite of the file as it exists at the moment of Save, it will have to suspend your working on the file until it is done. Is this acceptable to you. If it is, then just hit Save on a regular basis.

                          • 10. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                            W_J_T Community Member

                            Larry G. Schneider wrote:

                             

                            But how do you expect it to work? Since Saving in AI involves a complete rewrite of the file as it exists at the moment of Save, it will have to suspend your working on the file until it is done. Is this acceptable to you. If it is, then just hit Save on a regular basis.

                             

                            Well, presumably the need for any autosave feature is based upon a users inability to remember to save their file on a regular basis, otherwise yes what is the point just hit save as you claim. So even based upon your statement of needing suspension and user interaction it would still fill this void (of human error) and allow the user to chose to save or forgo saving until the next timed prompt and chose to do so under a common repeated interval, or stop the feature all together. I guess it could maybe even be handled in JS as well right within Illustrator from this regard. Regardless to me it all comes back to the ability or rather inability to remember to save ones work. Over the course of ones career in using any software I am sure this has at times been an issue and work has been lost under whatever circumstances even for those with the best of intentions. Do you know preemptively when your file or software might crash, if not then what's wrong with having a reminder and process for saving when you're working?

                            • 11. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                              Kurt Gold Community Member

                              Larry, I guess you know and use InDesign.

                               

                              Isn't its file backup (recovery) technique an exemplary pattern for Illustrator?

                              • 12. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                Larry G. Schneider MVP

                                Yes, but ID is basically just a database with links to the images and such. AI is a much different animal.

                                • 13. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                  Kurt Gold Community Member

                                  Not sure if that is a strong argument.

                                   

                                  In case it is, then that AI animal urgently needs a metamorphosis.

                                  • 14. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                    Larry G. Schneider MVP

                                    No disagreement on that, Kurt.

                                    • 15. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                      superscape Community Member

                                      If you're on a Mac then you can use the app "Ai Auto Save", available on the Mac App Store here:

                                       

                                      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ai-auto-save/id877602617?ls=1&mt=12

                                       

                                      ...for the sake of transparency, I'm the developer! I made the app after experiencing the frustrations discussed above. Hope you find it useful.

                                      • 16. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                        cdzn

                                        Astute Graphics has recently released a free plug-in that will either auto-save or remind you to save periodically. (disclaimer: I don't work for Astute Graphics)

                                        Autosaviour - Astute Graphics

                                         

                                        Works with CS5 to CC. Configuration also includes options to wait for a period of inactivity, and save a backup copy.

                                         

                                        You need to provide your email address to get the free licence key, upon which you are also subscribed to their newsletter, but you can unsubscribe after the first newsletter arrives.

                                        • 17. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                          EricM81

                                          Well my power just went out and I lost 4 hours worth of Illustrator work.  The good news is that all 4 of the other programs not made by Adobe recovered like a champ. 

                                          • 18. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                            Monika Gause MVP

                                            Save early, save often, make backup copies.

                                            With any software by the way and especially on tight deadlines.

                                            Has been this way for ages.

                                             

                                            Take a look for the (free) plugin Autosaviour.

                                            • 19. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                              EricM81 Community Member

                                              No.  That may be how it's been in Adobe products for ages, but the rest of the world has autosave. 

                                               

                                              It's not an ability of 64 bit or a limitation of 32 bit.  The way Illustrator saves files is not an issue.  These excuses are balderdash.

                                               

                                              Autosave started in the early 2000's when everything was 32 bit and it's extremely rare for a program to just save changes.  Nearly all files are completely overwritten during the save process.  This is quite simply just a feature that hasn't been implemented by Adobe.

                                               

                                              To implement autosave, a programmer would save the the document you are working on into a temp folder after so many minutes or after so many actions.  If the program shuts down normally it deletes the temp file.  Then when the program starts up, if there are any temp files, it opens them automatically.  It's not rocket science, but preaching save early, save often is kinda silly.

                                              • 20. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                                Ben-odo-1977

                                                I understand the need for an autosave feature and it would be a nice feature to have. Seriously though why would you work 4 hours knowing there is no autosave and not save your work at any point.

                                                • 21. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                                  EricM81 Community Member

                                                  Dear Ben-odo-1977, I am from the year 2014.  In 2014, there are two things we have - a black president and autosave.  It's a very progressive and a cool time to be alive. 

                                                   

                                                  After Illustrator crashed and I learned that there was no autosave file to recover from, I immediately yelled "Great Scott!" assuming that I had traveled back in time. 

                                                   

                                                  It is reasonable for a user to think that there was an autosave.  Besides that it is 2014, other Adobe products like the main two I use, Photoshop and Premiere, have this feature. 


                                                  Illustrator is a mature product.  There is simply no excuse for lacking autosave nor is there a reason to 'blame the user' for this type or product failure.

                                                  • 22. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                                    Ben-odo-1977 Community Member

                                                    I can only imagine that the guys at Adobe have a very lengthy and technical reason why there isn't an autosave feature. I guess you've learned the hard way, being a new user and not realising that there isn't such a feature.

                                                     

                                                    At least you'll know to save regular in the future.

                                                    • 23. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                                      Quang2550

                                                      Weird issue couple of my users are having is when they open Illustrator files, once in a blue moon it would save all by itself and with no warning or dialog box, which screws things up even if no changes were made, the link would be modified.

                                                      • 24. Re: autosave in illustrator CS6
                                                        Krayons Community Member

                                                        To wish death upon someone because of your own failure to remember to press the "Ctrl" + "S" keys, is an awful thing.