Please create an Autosave for Photoshop

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I realize that photoshop has Autosave for crashes, but it doesn't have Autosave while updating the file. I am talking about something similar to the Astute Graphic Plug-In for Adobe Illustrator, Autosaviour.

Yesterday I worked 1 1⁄2 hours engrossed in my illustration using photo references (jpgs) that I'd opened in psd to sit next to my active file. Occasionally I hit the jpgs with one of the drawing tools, but I don't save them additonally as psd files. Yesterday, when I decided to take a break, I went to close psd and accidentally told psd not to save the changes in my active (illustration) file – I thought it was asking me to save any changes in one of the open jpgs. All of my work was gone and I had to repeat it later on in the day. 

There was no way to recover the work because it hadn't been saved and the file hadn't crashed. 

It would be so useful to many of us who forget time and space when we are drawing. Thanks. 
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Cristen Gillespie

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I do like Autosaviour. I'd like it best if Astute Graphics got some benefit from porting it to Photoshop and weren't just copied. But I agree that it would be nice to have an option to autosave at intervals, incrementally up to x number if we wanted, without it affecting the protection against crashes that the current autosave feature has. People would want the option because Autosavior pauses the app to save for us. It's quick, but it's not so far in the background, you don't know its happening.

Another possibility, one that puts a little more responsibility on us, would be something similar to Painter's incremental saves. Not exactly an autosave. You can't get completely lost in your work. But it doesn't overwrite your working file if you want to go backwards, revert to another point, etc. And you use a kbsc to invoke it, so you control when to save and the number of versions saved.
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Hi Christen, 
mentioning Autosaviour was the only way I could describe what I meant. I am a great fan of Astute Graphics' plug-ins and wouldn't - and don't - use Illustrator without them. (In fact, the only reason I decided to try Illustrator again was because of the plug-ins)
A prompt to save at intervals might help, but yes, I do get totally lost in my work. I get to that happy place where time and space don't exist when I am drawing, where an hour or two feel only like 5 minutes. 
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No matter how long I use computers, I still can get lost in my work and forget to save at all. Background Save does help with a crash. Backup Saves would be better, though, so I could actually get back to a stage I wanted. Now that disk space isn't all that precious, having a number of files saved at different stages to a folder I designated (so I could both find it and clear it out) would be useful.

My files in PS tend to be so large, it might be difficult not to interrupt my work, and there are plenty of folk out there with even larger files, so it does have to be an option. It's a trade-off between being distracted when the computer is saving the file, and making the kind of mistake you made, or going off on a tangent and it's too late to recover by the time you want to return to an earlier version. Like I said, it probably should be on us, but it would be a gift from Adobe if they could expand beyond a straight background save, keeping that for crashes, but another type of background save for intermediate versions.