Change "Export For Screens" Save Path Default To File Folder
f I go to File > Export > Export For Screens the default save path points to the last folder I used. What we as users are expecting is the default path to be equal to the same folder as the Illustrator file is currently located in.
If you feel this should not be the default at least give us a way to change this in the AI Preferences. Thanks!
Thanks for this feedback. We have started work on it. The default path will be that of the folder in which the file is located, and this will work at file level. Similar will be the case for Save for Web.
So you have "fixed" this is even worse that it was earlier...
I have multiple documents each with different export settings which have multiple formats to export: PNGs with few different resolutions and PDF.
Now I have to set those and the export path EVERY time I restart Illustrator.
It is unbearable.
This should be simple:
Save the "EXPORT FOR SCREEN" Settings for Each document separately.
So when I open my document, Illustrator remember what settings I was using for Export for Screens last time.
If there aren't any settings set for document, use either documents path, or the user defined "global" export path. ( And give user an option to choose which to use)
How this kind of incompetence is even possible?
How can it be impossible to get this simple thing to work like it should?
And how can you brake it even more while fixing it?
Now every export reverts to the location of the .ai file. This is a good default, but if changed should remembered (separately for each .ai file).
If it's too hard to persist this preference, at least it should be remembered during a single session (while the document is kept open).
If I could "like" Timmo's comment, I would. His suggestion is the best.
Daniel G. Blázquez commented
I would add that the path should be the last one typed by the user in that session. Now it has to be added by hand every time the artboards are exported.
Lynn Stoecklein commented
Seriously, has there not been an update to this? The versions should remain consistent in how it saves or at least provide an option.
Ap van Dam commented
If this is what you're intending to do: "When you hit export, the path shown will be that of the folder in which path resides. If you change this path to some other folder, then it will remember this path, and for your subsequent export, this new path will be shown. And this will work at file level." It's OK with me. Use 'for screen" dozens of times a day, definitely don't want template-files and production (export-png) to get mixed up. Have my precious template-AI-files in folder A, want any export to be in any folder B, C or elsewhere, but in folder A. Would be helpful if the once chosen folder would be remembered.
Timmo Dugdale commented
I think a user-defined option is the solution. Reading the comments, there clearly are valid use cases that differ, and any change will make someone happy. Just add a preference under File Handling & Clipboard that lets you set your default:
-same location as file
-last used folder
-set default folder (CHOOSE).
So now this works so that every time I open a document the export path will be reseted to the path of the document.
So if I use "Export for Screens", set the path to some subfolder for example, then close document and open it again, Illustrator has forgot the path and I have to set it again.
The way it now works, is worse for almost all users. Only in the case you want to have your exported files in same folder as you AI document this works. ( IMO no one should want that :) )
How it should work:
i) Make the Illustrator remember last used Export path for each document separately!
ii) Let the user choose if the default path is the path of the document or some other folder.
How hard is to get this very simple thing to work ???
Two things. Are those impossible to implement?
This is not the solution, but it might help if you drag that folder you use often to File Explorers quick access so it is easy to open that. See the image. You just Drag and Drop folder there, and then you have easy access to it always. There is similar thing in OS/x also. ( was before windows :) )
For the guys in Adobe, I can't understand why didn't you give users a option?
Even thought I prefer this new system, why not give an option. Is out of my comprehension.
As per a lot of comments below this change is not helpful at all.
I have to export files to a folder buried deep with a client's DropBox, which means for every export I'm clicking through multiple levels of folders to get to the right location.
This would be greatly improved if we had the option of exporting to last folder or folder where the file is located.
Mary Ann Kelley commented
This is the opposite of what I need for my workflow (for me, all exported files need to go to the same folder). This should really be a checkbox rather than the only option one way or the other (or better yet, give us export presets to choose from that include the destination folder).
How about a check box to keep that folder the same. I work on projects and need to export to same locations for the duration. It is annoying to have to choose the export directory each and every time.
well thanks for nothing ... I want it to work just like before or make it an option. I don't want the export to be in the same folder. I always have a folder which i call export and that's where I want all my exports. I get the default is same folder, but make it so if i change it the next time i open the same file to not have to choose the folder again.
Smokie Lee commented
I would also like this to be a global option. I have to follow a workflow where exported files are put into a specific folder and _never_ put into another folder. I recognize though that everyone has different processes and even different ones per folder or file so some options here would be great.
I'm not sure if it's supposed to be saving the option for each file, but mine resets to the "source folder" every time for every file, even if it was previously set to another location in this version of Illustrator. So it sounds like I'm running up against what Andy and Philip King have run into.
TLDR Please make this an option, as you can't really predict the workflow for every user in every situation. Users should be able to control their workflow as needed.
Actually, yes - what Andy said - saving the path in the file would be a good compromise and appease 2 of the 3 groups!
I agree with Philip King. I am in the 1st camp (path to be saved in the file). I feel like this would also accommodate the last option to some extent as well since after the first save the location will remain the same.
Philip King commented
Yes, it looks like Adobe have gone part way to addressing our needs but have made it worse in the process. The latest version (24.2.1) sets the path to the source file’s location regardless of whether a different path was set previously. I encountered this yesterday, rushing to output edits to assets and expecting them to overwrite the earlier output but finding instead that I had to re-set the export path.
Three groups of people need to be accommodated: those (like me) who want the path to be saved in the file so that each file remembers its own specific export location; those (like Lucas Bianchetti, below) who want every export to be directed to one specific location; and perhaps also a few people who always want their output to be in the same location as the source file.
The last of these is probably the smallest constituency, yet this is the solution given us in the latest version.
I really preferred how the last location saved to was retained from session to session.
At least the location is retained while working on the same file, but it is tedious to set this for every file I open.
Lucas Bianchetti commented
Can this please be an option? Really liked the previous behaviour where I had only one export folder for all files automatically, now I have to change my setup again for a feature that is no longer present. An option for both behaviours would be great. I understand the frustration and the need for the request in this post, but some of us really liked the previous behaviour.
I noticed some time ago that export for screens settings for PDF are not actually what the function uses when exporting PDFs of all artboards. Instead it uses whatever the last-used PDF export or 'save-as > pdf' joboptions settings were.
For instance, I can select a custom joboptions in export for screens, but if I most recently used save-as and selected PDF-X/4 preset, then export for screens will use PDF-X/4 instead.
Not sure whether that's an intended behavior, but the way the dialog it set up to allow selecting a specific joboptions setting I don't believe it is intentional.