Photoshop: Please Make Photoshop Use the Recycle Bin When Saving Files

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People report loss or corruption of PSD files from time to time on the Adobe forums.

It's disenheartening to have to tell them that unless they've done their own backups - either by manually saving their master file in different places / with different names, or through system backups - there's very little chance of them recovering anything of their work.

This could be a completely different situation if Photoshop would just use the Windows Recycle Bin when removing the prior version of the file. Then the user who has lost data or found it corrupted could just undelete the last version saved-over.

Plus it's possible this could be as efficient or even more so than the techniques being used now to save files.

I assume the Macintosh trash bin could provide similar functionality on that side.

Please make it so.

-Noel
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Great idea, and simple because it takes advantage of functionality in the operating system. It won't fix all crashes though as most happen before the save process, not during the save itself. There is actually only a very short time of vulnerability for losing a file this way as Photoshop creates a new file during editing and only deletes the previously saved one after the new one has been written successfully. However, it would be nice to have built-in access to a prior version in case one makes an editing mistake and wants to go back to what was done before the current session.

We still need an auto-save and/or history backup feature in Photoshop, but adding the recycle bin for prior versions is also helpful.
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Actually, this would give one access to ALL prior versions saved. That could be handy in a pinch.

People on the forums seem to report loss of files more often than you'd think, given what Adobe advertises about the sequence they follow to save files. Of course there's no way to overcome bona fide disk or system problems, but I sense a disparity between the level of robustness advertised and what people actually experience.

That said, I've only ever personally lost information when I accidentally did a Save operation on exit and overwrote a master file with something I hadn't intended to overwrite it with (I was able to recover the master file from a backup).

-Noel
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You make a good point. On occasion I've hit Save when I shouldn't have and realized it too late. Pilot error does happen, and it's not good to blame the customer when the software could easily take steps to undo the damage.
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I had several experiences when I would delete a file into the recycle bin manually in order to preserve it, and save a file with the same name in PS right after. And if my computer would freeze on saving, half of the time I could not find the file in the recycling bin, and the new one that was written, was corrupted. Which means that the computer froze while both operations were in the cache.

Thus deleting into the recycle bin might not solve the problem in 100% of the times. Renaming the existing file and saving one with the old name could work out better, but I'd like to see how the new autosave/recover works. Maybe that's all we need.
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There is an equivalent Windows utility to the unix "sync" command available at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sy... that will flush the cache to disk. That should make it certain the file's on the disk. Adobe could also use this code to make sure saves are on disk.

I use a network-attached storage RAID array as my backup drive. If you copy a file via the network, it's not cached. These boxes are not very expensive and they've saved me from many a problem. They cost less than a copy of Photoshop.
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Since my posting this, and its predecessors over on the Adobe forums, the completion and release of Photoshop CS6 have happened, yet no progress has been made on this issue.

Now with the new Ps CS6 Auto-Save functionality, being able to recover different versions of Auto-Saved files would be another dimension that using the Recycle Bin could provide.

I would really like to know the justification behind ignoring a request that's both valuable and easy to implement. You could even make it an option, and/or make it accessible only via registry settings if for some reason you're not confident you can implement a trivial change in a stable way.

-Noel