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Export JPG/PNG(any format) in same folder of AI file (like before)

Hello, since update (CC 2018 22.0.0), when I do file>export> as jpeg, the file location is the last used and not the same as the AI file just open.

This can seems not important for you, but I do this 40x per day and now it's a waste of time. In CC 2017 this was ok.

I have to browse all the folders on local network .. to find my folder and it's boooooring.

There is no setting for this in preferences.

Thank you for your help.

(we are a infographist team and all complains about this.)

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We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 22.1.
Please refer to our knowledge base FAQhttps://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

Warm Regards,
Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
Adobe. Make It an Experience.


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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It doesn't automatically export to where the file is saved Really? Fix Please, why would you change that? at least make it an option in the prefs

  • f commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Another proof that the coding team does not use Illustrator.

    Who (user feedback metrics ?????) is exporting somewhere else than the current folder when creating something ??
    Can't you create an option in preferences ? or in the export dialog box (same folder than IA file- specified folder).

    At the end of the day, a new exemple of a reduced workflow created by non users and validated by senior quality engineering person not using the very product controled. Congrats Adobe

  • Allen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Ashutosh -- This is a much better way of handling default export destinations. I can't think of a better way of doing it (but there are always other workflows).


  • Zach Crawford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This unfortunate change has slowed down my workflow. I have sent the wrong proofs several times to customers and have looked bad because I didn't notice the change in time. I don't understand why this type of change was not made as a preference option instead of just changing it outright. I have to export files on average of 10 -15 times a day and this change is just frustrating. For years I have expected to be able to export into the folder that I opened my document from, now I have to navigate to it each time. Sure, it's a minor inconvenience and in a year or so if this doesn't become an option, I will probably be used to the new way but it does take more time and that time adds up. Why your team would do this and not just make it an option for us to choose is beyond me. Is it that hard to place a option in preferences to change the behavior? Can some UI programmer just write the code and send it to Adobe? I just thought of something, I am going to try to revert to the older version of Illustrator to avoid this change, which me luck!

  • Mike Gondek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes. Remember last folder location needed across all functions. Very important and big time saver to not have to drill down folders so often.

    Relinking images is working good for me on CC2108/Sierra, but have had issues in past when updating multiple instances of the same image and not remembering last folder location.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Forgot to mention - Windows 10 Pro - 64 bit. Latest release of Illustrator CC.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am working on a new file in AI and have saved it.
    I then open a second AI file to maybe grab a component from it.
    I then return to the first file, make changes and save.
    I then export the first file - typically this should land in the same folder as the AI file. Since the latest update (Oct/Nov), the export location shifts to the path of the second (or latest) image I opened.

    This was never a problem with the previous release. Also very annoying as I work on multiple files at a time that are all in different places.

  • Darnell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Like most here in the discussion, I'm one of those who is heavily affected by this issue. Standing by for a resolution/app update.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    o when you Export As illustrator used to export to where the file location was.
    Sine the last 2018 update it exports to last location exported to.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you change something based on user feedback, you should also consider those who have gotten accustomed to the previous behavior. I'm all for new ways of doing things but maybe Adobe can think of a way to let the user select their preferred setting.

    Thank you and please figure this out soon! It's making me nuts!!!

  • dan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How long will it take for this to be changed back??

    My company has hundreds of thousands of files and we forget every time it’s a right pain in the **** sorting it out later that day when we realise we have to re export every job!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It has slowed down my work flow a lot and I need it back the way it was. It should default to the folder where the active file is currently located!

  • cmorrison commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Illustrator 2018 now reverts to the previously saved folder when 'Save as Copy...' is used for saving the file as a PDF, etc. rather than keeping the file in the folder active with the current Illustrator file.

    It now goes to the last folder I visited, such as a image folder. Wasting my time

  • AnnMarie Valle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There should be a preference option to select either or. I can see why going back to the last folder may be useful to some, but for someone like me that works on several client jobs a day, it's super frustrating having to go through our network folders to find the client folder each time I go to export a proof. It has slowed down my work flow a lot and I need it back the way it was. Why would you not just make it an option?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Making the export location stick with every file is just that exact behavoir I would expect! This will make things a LOT easier (,again, as they were before). THANX A LOT!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Great to hear that this is been considered. Will the same behaviour be restored to the "Save a copy" command too?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This needs fixing ASAP. I'm doing up to 60 files a day and my productivity has been massively reduced because of this basic issue.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The location that opens when using 'Save as' or 'Save a copy' is the last location an Illustrator file was saved to. It should default to the folder where the active file is currently located.

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