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I also run my PC in a domain on a network and never had any problems in saving workspace layouts on the network drive where My Documents are located. Both in CS2 and CS3. However, My Documents are available off line and automatically synchronized. Maybe that is a difference.
Premiere is having problems exporting through the Adobe Meida Encoder to network drives to. I always get "failed to write to drive" error messages from windows just as Premiere's AME finishes exporting the file, and those files never play back.
I used to have problems saving Illustrator files if they were located on a network drive too.
Haven't seen that with CS3 yet though.
>If for some reason the network is dodgy or the PC can't see the network folder Premiere would crash.
That's why it's a good idea to keep files locally only.
I have the same problem and I have been able to solve it by mapping a network drive (Z:) to the UNC path \\server\share and then redirecting myDocuments using the network drive.
I am amazed that a product "Certified Vista" still suffers from similar bugs.
I'm not sure that would solve this problem either, Marc. If the network was down when Premiere was started...
I have had the same problem as I recently moved to PrCS3
When I installed a home server I moved My Documents to the network share on our 'FileServer' and discovered that Premiere was NOT saving all of my settings (notably Layouts and Workspaces).
Per this thread I remapped my UNC to a Network Drive letter but that did not fix it for me.
After much experimentation I had to repatriate the My Documents folder back to my local C:\Drive and all was well
I agree with Marcus. There was a Adobe support note on this.
When CS3 is installed, Adobe creates a folder in the "Documents and Settings\user\application data" folder on the ROOT DRIVE named ADOBE\Premiere Pro\3.0 CS3 stores the user preference files in this folder. Have a look, you will note that the files all show a last modified date of the date of your last use of CS3.
By default, windows maps "My documents" to "Documents and Settings\user\"
If you change the mapping, then the folder will change. However, it appears that CS3 (perhaps all the suite) is hardcoded to READ "Documents and Settings\user\ADOBE\Premiere Pro\3.0" rather than "My documents"
Strangely though, when it writes your user prefs, it apparently uses "my documents." This is why your saved preferences never show up on a restart--they weren't saved to the directory CS3 reads on startup. You can confirm this by looking at the file modified dates in both folders.
I changed my "my documents" back to the windows default and the problem went away.
As for putting any files used in CS3 on a NAS, having a video clip on the NAS can slow down rendering as compared to having the clip on a SATA drive in the PC case. I use the NAS for "offline" storage only and copy whatever assets I need to the RAID array I use for rendering and export files.
As a addendum, There is a utility available on the net called "ShellObject" editor. This tool allows you to create your own shell objects that show up in windows explorer and in the file open/save dialog trees. Although CS3 wanted a fixed location for its user prefs, I hated to lose the ability to have "my documents" point to the NAS (saves routing through the my network places tree). Using the utility, I created a shell object named "MYDOCS" that is mapped to the NAS folder that I want to use.