Hi folks,I only realized recently that Corel Painter 2018 does not have an incremental, adjustable, auto-save feature. If I recall, all my previous versions did have that option. In this case, I lost hours of work due to my failure to make intermittent, manual saves as I went. The Corel Painter program froze up and I had no option but to use the Task Manager to "End Program".
While I was deep in a fast moving session with Dab Stencil brushes, I made several quick flow map adjustments and at that same moment, my 'daily Calendar reminder' opened to remind my of some appointment or chore, or something.
Typically, I run one of my processor O/C profiles when I know I'm going to be a bit more demanding of the hardware's performance. However, I forgot to do that too and of course, that's when Murphy raises his ugly head...
I’ve never used the “Create backup on Save” feature in any of the programs that offered it. I guess I saw that option as a redundant, space consuming, operation because I always save my work before I close the program anyway.
The auto-save features in Corel and Photoshop as well as other programs can catch the work in whatever increments they were set up to do if, and when, the program or the O/S crashes.
If I recall correctly, even a newly created work, that hasn’t been named or saved can be restored partially in the event of a system crash. If the auto-save timer is set to 10 minutes, for example, and the system crashes 14 minutes after you started it, when you reboot and open the program, it will offer to open any work that was ‘unexpectedly closed’.
Assuming you want it to do that, the work will be restored up to the last, auto-saved, 10-minute increment. The four additional minutes will not be restored but at least you’ll get a good amount of it back.
I'm in the same boat. I assumed there was an auto-save function. Seems easy enough to add that feature, since there is a tendency for Painter 2018 to lock up. It has happened at least twice tonight.
this will not be added as an update to painter 2018, or any other currently existing painter version, as per corel policies (every annual release only gets one major service pack focused on keeping the program launcheable and fixing most glaring OS compatibility flaws that happen between summer release of painter and regular autumn upgrades for mac and windows.)
if you are interested in this feature, you can download a trial of clip studio paint which features used-defined intervals for file back-ups, and generally provides excellent reliability.
at a competitive price of $ 50 for a painting app, and $ 200-something for a painting, animation and sequential comic book publishing package, clip has plenty features to surprise you, and is a great option for users, abandoning painter due to unresolved issues with its stability and performance.
Just read the wikipedia piece on Corel. WOW. No wonder they just try to keep current versions "launchable". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corel
I'm glad they are not on subscription basis. I would be nervous. I'm dropping all my Cloud based stuff come Aug 2018, collecting desktop only software now.