Editing Pattern Swatch + Saving = Crash (unsaved, unrecovered)
After creating a new pattern swatch with about a dozen objects, I double click the swatch to change the pattern settings. Either of the following scenarios cause Illustrator to crash EVERY TIME, using ANY of the last 3 versions of Illustrator:
— hitting command+s to exit pattern editor while saving
— double clicking to exit, and then hitting command+s at any point afterwards
TLDR; hitting command+s anytime AFTER editing a pattern swatch is crashing Illustrator
I've replicated this issue about 2 dozen times now across all 3 most recent builds of Illustrator available through CC.
I haven't yet tried saving through the menu, so I don't know if it's isolated to just the keyboard shortcut.
I have found one annoying work-around: copy the objects I want to build the pattern from, past them into a new, blank document, create pattern swatch, edit swatch, apply to shape, copy shape, paste back into original document. If I perform those steps, I can save without crashing Illustrator. Obviously not an ideal scenario as you want to edit your patterns in proximity to the art you are applying them to.
I am also having these problems. Love to see a fix ASAP. Thanks!
Margaret Trauth commented
I've been having this problem too. Just spent a half hour swearing at it today.
I find that SOMETIMES it will save. Sometimes. If I just move stuff around it will usually save, for instance; ungrouping stuff that was grouped when I made the pattern will result in crash-on-save, so will changing the name.
Saving from the menu instead of the shortcut does not make any difference.
Doing file>save as... instead of file>save will also result in an instant crash, with nothing changing in the filesystem.
I've attached a file that's nothing but a pattern that's ready to crash, with some text in the document on how to quickly reproduce this.