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Is there a way to retrieve your work after a crash, if you haven't saved for a while ?

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Have you tried praying and cursing a blue streak? –  Lauren Ipsum Dec 10 '12 at 16:46
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No, but I've tried putting garlic under my monitor and even rubbing it against the motherboard –  Jevgeni Bogatyrjov Dec 10 '12 at 19:06
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There's your problem. Garlic doesn't do anything for autosave. You need rosemary for remembrance. Scatter some needles (fresh, please, not dried) under the keyboard and see if that helps. –  Lauren Ipsum Dec 11 '12 at 1:33
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man, you are my savior! –  Jevgeni Bogatyrjov Dec 11 '12 at 7:46
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I found this pretty useful technique using the "actions" panel to autosave. http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/scripting/autosave-in-adobe-illustrator-using-the-actions-palette/


In case that link ever goes down, the basic idea is to create an action set 'Autosave' containing two actions, which each trigger each other, creating an infinite loop.

Then, in one action, add a 'Save as' saving to a file you can use as a recovery file, placed somewhere logical, as well as a pause in each one for half the amount of time you want to leave between saves.

If you want a longer pause than the maximum 100 seconds, put a pause in both actions, saving every 200 seconds - just over 3 minutes. If you want longer (e.g. every 5 minutes), add an extra action to the loop with another pause.

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that's fantastic! –  Jevgeni Bogatyrjov Dec 11 '12 at 16:53
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Hopefully someone at adobe reads tutorials like that and realizes they need to implement something like that on program level. –  kontur Dec 11 '12 at 18:35
    
This is a sweet and useful find. –  Adam Schuld Aug 8 '13 at 15:46
    
@kontur Hopefully someone at adobe can read... –  user568458 Nov 13 '13 at 10:28
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One small tweak to the Actions method - instead of Save As use Save a Copy - that way you are creating a backup copy in a location specific for backup copies and you can still save your original in the place you want it.

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There's an app for that. Works brilliantly http://www.tool-forcesw.com/foreversave/

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Care to elaborate a little more? Just in case the link changes or dies. –  Dominic Jul 3 '13 at 11:56
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If you're on mac, you can make an applescript that does this but it's kind of a pain in the butt. Here's a link to a similar one written for photoshop. You can probably tinker with it a bit if your up to the challenge to save yourself some headaches.

http://www.ps-scripts.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1064

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As of CS6, no there is not an auto save feature in Adobe Illustrator.

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