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3Dgeek11

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« on: May 20, 2010, 08:13:44 pm »

You know me, I don't go around asking for things in Anim8or all the time, but this, I think would help us Anim8ors a lot.

It would be nice, if when the autosave is on, instead of creating a backup an8 file, it would put the an8 file into a zip file. That way, the backup couldn't very well get corrupted, could it? I've heard a lot of people have had problems where the backup file is corrupted, and the original file is lost, or something went wrong with it, etc. So if the backup was immediately put into a zip file, it couldn't get corrupted, could it? I don't think it would be that hard to implement this feature into Anim8or. Would it?

Just a little suggestion I thought I'd throw out, that I think would help us a lot.
Cheers, Steve! :D
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Re: 1 Feature request
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010, 11:51:45 am »

I don't think is very helpful to directly zip your save file. If you want to open it, you will first have to unzip it every time. I think steve can better focus on making the autosave better then inplenting such a feature ;)

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2010, 09:10:20 pm »

Well, I meant let you choose which way you want it done. ;)

But it was just an idea.. ^^
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2010, 03:43:46 pm »

I prefer file saved in human readable format. This way you can fix broken file by hand, or change existing one to your liking. When I move *.an8 file to the other computer (for reworking in different time and place or rendering it) I often have to open anim8tor files in notepad and change paths to textures.

Broken files are caused by interrupts in saving process, or exporter or software's core faults. Bugs in compression process would add another opportunity to break the file :) I've seen and advice for a few times to turn off the compression (if only your hard drive can handle it) just to avoid errors during compression ;)

Sometimes it's like when I see that some glitches are happening during my work I can predict that it can be even worse. The best I can do is to save the work and close the app before something worse can happen. And yes... I've almost lost 3h of my work because of such situation: app crashed, an when I tried to open last manually saved version it crashed again, backup from about 10 minutes before was broken as well. Finally I managed to open and split file in the parts (to avoid further damages) with newer version of app. It's not that backup process was working wrong, it's rather that it was saved at the wrong time when app was working on the edge of internal malfunction and exporter and/or app core couldn't diagnose the problem.

Solution would be implementing internal checking mechanism that could diagnose internal problems and ask to turn off app and save the work in hope that data structure hasn't been hurt yet. Some bigger software packages have such tool, but even this tool can't predict everything and they still occasionally output broken files.

Sorry for giving such a long and tough reading ;)
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Re: 1 Feature request
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2010, 05:53:38 pm »

That actually all makes sense, dwsel. :P
Thanks for your input. ;)
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