BACKGROUND AUTO-SAVE, Auto-save should not interrupt your workflow
The title says it all. Auto-save should function in the background and NOT pop up with an annoying progress bar every time it runs. Gets REALLY bad on large project files when auto-saves take up to a min every single time.
Total workflow killer. Should be just like taking snapshots of your project in the background while continue working.
The dialog even pops up and steals focus from another app you're in.
Tim Drage commented
2021 and still no sane autosave
John Myers commented
Seriously this could be the simplest freaking change they could make in After Effects to improve our workflow (next to adding a "default separate x,y,x in preferences, god how many keystrokes I could save in a year.) Will this team ever bother to listen to their customers and the dozens of top voted requests they have ignored? Why can't one freaking person go through and respond to the TOP voted requests?????
Mohamed Ali Ben Thaier commented
3 Years and counting...
John Myers commented
Hey Victoria, what's the status on this painfully overdue request?
Marc Trzepla commented
Make Auto-Save a background function.
Daniel Estevez commented
I just lost 2 hours of work because the autosave wouldn't complete its task and I had to force quit. So frustrating...
Saar Oz commented
This also causes scripts to crash, scripts that use palettes can try to run code if the user is performing an action right before this window pops up and it can kill the panel.
s h commented
I wish AE could do autosaving in the background.
Jeremy Dance commented
Or if hiding it scares the UI team too much, just please don't make it a modal window. When you're in the flow and you get interrupted it gets annoying. Or, even better, just make it appear in the info column like everything else AE is doing.
Matt Dean commented
Thanks Victoria, but I'm not really interested in using teams projects.
Can't you guys just hide the annoying, productivity killing autosave window? Your users have been asking for years...
Final cut pro had it figured out 15 years ago, with background autosaving with no halt to production.
the dudes commented
Thank you Victoria for reaching out. It's great to hear from the team. Also, I didn't know it's now accessible for all CC users. Good job. Will try!
Try Team Projects! All users have access now, and you can save all versions of your project and your work history in one, so there's no autosave window.
Dan Lucyszyn-Hinton commented
Waiting for up to two minutes and having After Effects locked while saving is quite frustrating. Illustrator, Premiere and Photoshop all enable a user to save while working. I'd really appreciate this being added to AE.
strange... This had way more votes last time i checked in. What's the status of implementing this?
Not only is auto-save really intrusive and annoying while working, it's intrusive in the background while AE is minimised. Honestly, I don't understand why autosave has to be so annoying... surely it can do it in the background during inactivity, not the moment I start doing something. It sits there doing nothing for 10 mins, but decides to autosave the second I start moving an object.
Ben Strickland commented
Adobe devs; few things are more frustrating when you are under the gun and you have a large project that takes a while to save, and have it auto save, or you instinctively save after doing some work and having to wait 30 seconds to a minute.
It's super disruptive. 30 seconds might not sound like a lot and on average it isn't but on the outliers of the distribution when you have to get something out and you need to save it actually can be a huge advantage / disadvantage to have / not have things saving in the background.
Colin Harvie commented
As an addition to this, it can cause scripts and panels to crash (and sometimes requires a restart of the panel or the entire application), if it tries to auto save at the same time as a script tries executing.
"Can not run a script while a modal dialog is waiting for response."
Euan Preston commented
Adobe PLEASE consider this. Autosave is essential, but it absolutely ruins creative flow.
This is especially problematic with Ae and Pr since the latest update. Any interaction with the computer causes these two programs to hang for 1 to 2 minutes. ie during Open, Save, Render Queuing, Close. The program just sits there in a (Not Responding) state (on Windows 10). It acts like it's trying to reach something that it can't and waits until it times out, then starts responding again. Almost like someone forgot to turn off a debug parameter that it looking for something on the developers file system that doesn't exist on a customers system. But I'm speculating on the cause.
Charles Bevan commented
PFTrack (and other apps) save with each interaction, and even save undo logs so when you re-open the project you're literally right where you stopped last time.
I did have one project go corrupt on me during a total system crash so just add shadow copies in the background and the ability to archive a version of the project and we're all set.