"Save in the Background " instead of Waiting the Progress bar
This is the one feature that every Illustrator user would love to see in the next Version, Saving in the Background instead of Waiting the progress bar to Finish. a Huge time saving Feature.
Background Save is now available in Illustrator CC 2020 (24.0.0 or higher versions).
You may read about this here: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/illustrator/using/saving-artwork.html#background_save
Please update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html
Thank you for all the feedback.
Christopher Clinton commented
@Eric, it seems to be working for me. Have you verified Illustrator has been updated to 2020?
@Rick, it sounds like you are talking about an InDesign document. Depending on the speed of your network 30 seconds to 5 minutes for an Illustrator file does not seem extraordinary to me since many files I saved which were complicated vectors easily took 20-30 seconds over an office network.
Rick Wallace commented
If you have a file that takes 5 minutes to save you need to consider linking files you drop in and not embedding. You also need to look at the files you are placing (assuming photos)... you don't need a 12x12@300ppi .psd if you are using it at 3" wide in your layout - thats just a lot of unneeded resolution clogging up the process. I do some complicated layouts (like a 48 page catalog with around 80 photos) and thats about a 2 minute save.
Eric Bleak commented
@tenrater No, I'm sorry, it doesn't do that yet. All work on the current grafic is halted while SAVE occurs. Depending on the speed of your network, the SAVE operation will hold you up for between 30 seconds (when I'm at work) or 5 minutes (when I'm working remotely.
So no, it's NOT fixed ... yet.
And pardon me for pointing this out, but your tagline makes it look like you're a spammer.
I think Background save is now available in the newer version of illustrator.
Hi Paolo and Pu,
Thanks for your feedback regarding the "Close Anyway" button. We have changed this behavior from showing a pop-up to a "soft message" (see attcahed image) which is not persistent. Now, your files will close automatically when saving is complete. Thanks.
Hi, know what? I had problems with the new feauture "background savings".
In my modest opinion, this is valuable only for people who work with very big ai files; infact, speaking about my situation, my workflow is concentrated mainly on medium-heavy documents, and I've always used to use the "combo" shortcut command+s - command+w, to save and close; the background savings has a conflict with that, because when you click command+w, the document is still saving and an alert popup comes out, and you have to click ok to close it...so a waste of time.
Thanks to Mr. Abhisheek from adobe tech support, we found out that we can disable background saving (both two options in AI preferences), and everything come back to normal. At least normal for some people like me, and many others ;-)
Hope this helps someone,
Have a good day :-)
Paolo - Italy
Please remove the "close anyways" button. It is not needed and is easily clicked in error when moving quickly. I have already lost files due to this addition. While I love that it saves in the background I wish it was treated more like Photoshop, where it notified you that it was saving and that it would close when finished.
The way this was implemented is stupid.
That pop up window you get when you try to close the window while it's still saving.
Why doesn't it automatically go away when the file has finished saving, instead of being persistent for no reason. Just make it work the same way as indesign.
How to save the document in the background using the script? This feature is available when doing the task manually but when this feature will be available while saving the document using the script.
First up, apologies for not sharing any updates on this for so long. We will try to do a better job of it going forward.
I am happy to share that this feature is ready to be rolled out in one of our next releases. It's available in our prerelease program, in case you want to try it out. We would love to hear your feedback. Here is a link to our Prerelease program: https://www.adobeprerelease.com/beta/85A6F544-2705-49BD-8314-DD549C6A1713(Edited by admin)
Christopher Clinton commented
Can anyone give insight into why this doesn't save in the background like many other (including Adobe) products do?
Tiago Claro commented
That would save a lot of time! Please add this feature instead of adding more and more changes that wouldn't make any difference in our work.
YES PLEASE. currently writing this while I'm waiting on Illustrator to save my files. It's 2019, is this going to be changed soon? This was submitted August 2017...
It would be super that Illustrator can save file automatically like Xd and to be able to work without waiting for the program to respond.
So the file is being saved in a background task which doesn't break a designers workflow.
Yes indeed it is an absolute MUST have. Adobe is so far behind they think they are first. Adobe Illustrator is very good at wasting your time. There is no reason why, when you have multiple files open, and you are saving one, EVERYTHING is locked out till that one file is finished saving. There is NO excuse for this!
This would be very nice, yes.
Indeed this is a major fault in Illustrator.
Literally Centuries of Combined time has been wasted waiting for files to save.
The whole file saving / exporting process is in dire need of streamlining.
It is such a laborious process to save multiple files, especially if like me you are saving in both pdf and ai formats.
As an added bonus Illustrator does not remember the last parameters you used when saving or exporting.
Saving should be a 1 or at most 2 step process, and no endless confirmations.
Due to the need to maintain FrameMaker compatibility, I have to do Save As EPS. This adds hugely to the time required for a File Save.
I work in a highly secure environment, and due to our firewall s/w, Illustrator file saves can take as long as THREE MINUTES when in the office. When working remotely, they can take as long as SEVEN MINUTES!
This is time I'd rather be spending doing work, not sitting and twiddling my thumbs...
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Scott Falkner commented
Tip: Save your Illustrator file with PDF Compatibility disabled (Save As for existing file to access the option). If you have lots of raster effects or imported images those images are embedded at full resolution in the PDF portion of the file, even if they use linked files. I have seen files drop from hundreds of megabytes to two megabytes. When that happens you are not discouraged from saving your file frequently.
The downside is the file is only readable by Illustrator. You can’t rasterize it in Photoshop or place it in InDesign, or even in another Illustrator file. But if you don’t need that, or are willing to disable the option while editing, you can save a lot of disk space and a lot of time.