Photoshop: No auto save on Mac?

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Today I worked on a Photoshop document. I saved it as another file and worked on that one for some time. Just now I opened the first document and see that it misses the last changes I made. Those changes were not saved the moment I made a copy of the document.

So I guess no auto save for Photoshop?

That really is a bummer...

Note: I'm working on a MacBook Pro. Almost every respectable app is equipped with MacOS native auto save functionality.
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W. VAN DER ZEE

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Rob Rippengale

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Hmmm. If I understand your concern correctly, I disagree. I would hate to have a file I am working on saved without my request. I expect to be able to open a file, make some changes, and then save it as a different filename and NOT have the original file altered in any way. Any auto-save that happens should only be in some temporary file in case the program (or system) crashes so I could be offered a recovery from the auto-saved temp file, which I could refuse or accept. In my opinion, a file I am editing should never be saved without my explicit request. Otherwise, an auto-save could be saving an annoyingly broken file as it might get saved in the middle of a complicated set of changes.
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And no, fortunately no auto-save, Photoshop is an application for professionals, It is not desirable that the auto-save is active because one must always be able to control when a file of the disk must be modified, and that alone l operator can decide.

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W. VAN DER ZEE

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I guess that's what you are used to then. For me, I'm used to auto save, because that's how most (professional) apps work on my Mac. Also, at any time you can revert to an older version. That's native MacOS functionality. I don't have to worry about manually saving my work. It's a miss that Adobe didn't add auto save to the Mac version of Photoshop imo.



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Ah. A Mac capability I was not aware of. The things I don't know could fill a book.

We get used to the tools we are given, so I can easily agree that an OS common functionality should be integrated into Adobe's software on that OS. I posted my argument against it for fear Adobe might include your suggestion everywhere. They have been lurching about in a disturbing way. I prefer the Windows method where nothing should change the file until I intentionally save it, but I can see the importance of autosave if you've come to rely on it. Good luck getting this integrated in the Mac universe.


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Did you close the first document and not get a warning to save it? Photoshop should warn you if you are closing a document and the changes haven't been saved.

For more information on auto-save and recovery, see: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/atv/cs6-tutorials/background-save-and-autorecover.html
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W. VAN DER ZEE

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No, I didn't close it. I made a copy by saving it as another document. The changes I made between last save and saving a copy were lost. As I've explained, I'm not used to manually save a document. Most apps on MacOS has nog auto save implemented.