Do not silently turn on "Turn off data recovery for complex documents"
I feel great sadness typing this. The whole auto save feature is intended to quietly SAVE stuff if Illustrator goes belly up. This is extra valid for complex documents. Why ON EARTH would Illustrator silently turn off this feature for the VERY DOCUMENTS it is designed for?
Please: notify a user if Illustrator, for any reason, decides to mess with the autosave feature. But mostly just don't turn it off if a user has it turned on. Just don't.
I've spent the last week on an illustration. My Mac died and the file got completely wiped because of this feature. Didn't even know it existed.
Abhishek Daniel Philip commented
Looks like this thing turned on makes Illustrator's RAM usage spike insanely, if you alt-tab out of the application and wait for a while, like 15 minutes.
And everything crashes. every other app, then illustrator.
Then, after repeated crashes, it looks like Ai turns this off. It does notify now. But that was their fix, not to fix the real memory leak SMH.
This has burned me several times recently. After a crash I go to find the recovery files only to realize the folder is empty. I find out the feature is turned off! I don't remember turning it off. I turn it back on thinking it must've been re-set to off after installing the latest version. I SPECIFICALLY TURNED IT BACK ON! Only to find out that it turns itself off. COMPLETELY NUTS!!!
I can't believe this! I've just lost hours of work because Autosave option turned itself OFF! I'm using Illustrator 25 and absolutely made sure this was selected!!!!
TBH in 20 years of using Illustrator, auto-recovery NEVER worked. NEVER.
This software should be industry standard. It's never addressed the real problems.
I'm feeling sick.
I just lost hours of work because this random option is selected. There is NO WAY I would hav we turned that on because it DOESN'T MAKE SENSE NOT TO SAVE THE COMPLEX DOCUMENTS first and foremost!!!!!!!! I am beyond ****** off.
How are you supposed to know what even constitutes a COMPLEX DOCUMENT????!!!!
Dammit Adobe, what the *&*. - I just spent an hour on a logo, got it perfect and then Illustrator crashes. There are no files in the DataRecovery folder on my Mac like there should be, according to my Illustrator preferences which clearly states where autorecovery (which I had set to 1 minute saves) is supposed to be located on my Mac. But there are NO RECOVERY FILES. So there's an hour down the drain.
FFS Adobe, will you just FIX THE APPS YOU ALREADY HAVE first, before coming out with millions of new apps all the time. Illustrator's autosave has SUCKED since I first starting using this godforsaken program back in 2003.
fk adobe commented
What a bunch of morons.. Who would do this.. Who would decide, that people would secretly want this off with no notification.. Like would think "Lets make crashes even worse for these dumb fks paying a subscription for this tool and TURN OFF automatic data recovery!".. I can almost hear them say it in an evil way.. About to get out bitcomet and just stop paying for bs..
Selvanis Craulnober commented
How stupid is this option?! Just lost a day of very complex work, because a) Illustrator just stopped working while using one of the basic functions (transform) b) I had no idea why is this turned on. I didn't even know such a dumb thing is even an option.
WHY? HOW WAS THIS TURNED ON?! FOR WHAT REASON?!
A giant project just disappeared.
It's not for the sake of performence - I have a work station that would be able to run 10 crazy complex illustrator projects at once (it's used for very heavy video and 3D rendering).
I have a 1TB SSD just for the apps, with 0.8TB free., so it's not for the sake of space.
WHY THEN ADOBE?! WHY??