i've never heard of files disappearing. they get corrupted (almost always when a crash occurs while open), so learn to save your files with different names (xxx_v001.fla, xxx_v002.fla etc) so you never lose much work.
to find your missing fla, search your computer for *.fla files. and search your trash.
It somehow isn't even showing up when I search my trash or computer, and I'm not sure if it ever did...
what do you mean by, "..and i'm not sure if it ever did.."?
I have had this happen before, but with other programs too. I think the issue is when we get to working with big files
sometimes the computer can't handle it. I have a powerful computer too.
So... save and save often is always a good habit to get into. You can always adjust your auto recovery time as well.
Even when I had access to the file, I don't think i would have been able to open it like that.
in your finder search box, search for
I have done that, yet haven't found it. I did that even before making this post. Unless you know of a different recovery method, it isn't really of any help :/
you can check file recovery software, but i would recommend you ask a local friend of yours that's computer savvy to look at your computer first.
Forget all the stuff about file recovery. The RECOVERY file is just somewhere that Finder won't find for you. Other utilities might find it, but if they're looking for deleted files they may not show you the file, because it's not deleted (hopefully).
In Finder use the Go menu, Go to Folder... and paste this in (assuming you're using Animate CC 2017):
~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Animate CC 2017/en_US/Configuration/
That's where Untitled recovery files are written to. If you're using a different version, or a different language, start at this level:
and looking into the right folder from that point.
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Whether or not you find your work, I hope you at least learn from this that working on anything you care about, but not knowing where it's saved, is a really, really, really bad idea.