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I must take pause between sobs here to raise a pitiful cry from this tear muddied puddle, upwards to the Softpress Towers where they might woefully ring within some wizards’ ear and bring pity upon myself and my wrenched lot. My plight is such that from embarrassment, I have refrained even from the mention of it…

For I am an one of the un-savers; one of those un-forgivables. I never intended it so, but the curse follows me since my first Commodore, when they were hot items at garage sales and thrift store many years ago.

Just minutes ago I once again have seen the brightly colored beach-ball of despair appear before my eyes, to then disappear as suddenly, taking with it the fruits of the last hours labor and leaving an empty desktop. Gone.
All Gone…

Sometimes this happens as if a penance when I hurry, or when utilizing freeway for repetitive rapid processes - as though a listing tool. Regardless of why, the changes are gone.

So I appeal to you Oh Wizards! For your kindness and mercy! Please find it within your hearts to conjure a simple spell that would, at-will, be a protector, a shield, a refuge from that ball from (sometimes) hell.

Now, I will hobble back to my simple hovel, where I will begin again to try and eek out a living…

???

Something to the affect of a preference setting, that allows temporary auto saves not to the critical - finished file, but to a temporary one.

This would allow experiments and changes and such but not take all unsaved work if/when the program or computer takes a dive. At intervals perhaps or at closeing prompts user to save in ‘final’ file.

Thanks, I’ll take my answer on the air…


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One word - Lion

http://www.apple.com/macosx/whats-new/auto-save.html

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Good one David, forgot about that.

But as I am down to one laptop I am a bit worried about needing some of those older programs that are not compatible…

Wow, over Lion’s roar the wizards are sure never to hear my pleas.

: )

On Aug 11, 2011, at 2:11 PM, DeltaDave wrote:

One word - Lion

http://www.apple.com/macosx/whats-new/auto-save.html

David


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But as that is built in to Lion then there is no need to to add it to FW.

Their time would be better spent adding new features to benefit all not just the few that cannot upgrade to the latest OS.

Unfortunate - but true!

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On 11 Aug 2011, at 23:31, DeltaDave wrote:

But as that is built in to Lion then there is no need to to add it to FW.

But as far as I know, that only works with applications that have been written to work that way with Lion? I just tried it on a Freeway file, and there’s no autosave that I can see. There’s no item in the ‘File’ menu for ‘Duplicate’, for instance.

Resume seems to work though; I can open Freeway and it will display the last site open, if I didn’t close it before I quit it last time.

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Ah Ha!

: )

On Aug 12, 2011, at 1:18 AM, Paul Bradforth wrote:

On 11 Aug 2011, at 23:31, DeltaDave wrote:

But as that is built in to Lion then there is no need to to add it to FW.

But as far as I know, that only works with applications that have been written to work that way with Lion? I just tried it on a Freeway file, and there’s no autosave that I can see. There’s no item in the ‘File’ menu for ‘Duplicate’, for instance.

Resume seems to work though; I can open Freeway and it will display the last site open, if I didn’t close it before I quit it last time.

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At 16:59 -0400 11/8/11, Frank H wrote:

For I am an one of the un-savers; one of those un-forgivables. I
never intended it so, but the curse follows me since my first
Commodore, when they were hot items at garage sales and thrift store
many years ago.

Something to the affect of a preference setting, that allows
temporary auto saves not to the critical - finished file, but to a
temporary one.

I too find that I save much less often with FW than other apps. I
think it’s the psychological effect of Publish or Upload as a sort of
‘done that bit’ stage. I don’t like auto-saving as a general
principle. The saves always seem to be just before you corrected an
error or just after making a change that turns out not to be what you
want.

What I would find useful is an optional automatic save to a version
numbered copy file after each Upload, with a manual Cmd-S save
optionally removing those temporary versions after confirmation.
The option to do those autosaves would have to be set on a site by
site basis as it could cripple work on an over-large file.

David


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Hi Frank,
I’d suggest getting yourself a free 2GB Dropbox account (http://www.dropbox.com/), install the software and set it to sync the folder you save your Freeway file to. Every time you save your file (either manually or with an automated AppleScript*) Dropbox will silently upload the file and store this and all the other revisions on their cloud-based servers.
You’ll have the benefit of an offsite backup as well as the ability to roll back to a previous version of your document should you need to.

Regards,
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On 12 Aug 2011, at 09:52, Frank H wrote:

Ah Ha!

I was hoping someone would chime in and prove me wrong! Anyone?

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On Aug 11, 2011, at 1:59 PM, Frank H wrote:

I am an one of the un-savers;

Then consider a macro program like Keyboard Maestro that will let you create an action that will trigger a save every x number of minutes that FW is open.


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Tim,

Cool, I’ve just got one, didn’t think of that sort of application.
Looking into that and the program mentioned Keyboard Maestro.

Bad habit, or non-good habit, I know.
And everyone else, THANKS!

Great stuff!

Thanks

Frank.
On Aug 12, 2011, at 3:22 AM, Tim Plumb wrote:

Hi Frank,
I’d suggest getting yourself a free 2GB Dropbox account (http://www.dropbox.com/), install the software and set it to sync the folder you save your Freeway file to. Every time you save your file (either manually or with an automated AppleScript*) Dropbox will silently upload the file and store this and all the other revisions on their cloud-based servers.
You’ll have the benefit of an offsite backup as well as the ability to roll back to a previous version of your document should you need to.

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