Camera Raw: Way to Autosave edits in ACR, when working on a bunch of files

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I have been using ACR to edit raw files for 10+ years, and for what feels like the 20th time today, lost about two hours of work because of a power outage.  I would love a way to auto-save the image edits that I have done (often working with batches of 500 or so images).  As it is now, at any point I need to save, I would need to click done on the entire set of images .... then re-open them again to keep working without the risk of losing all of the edits I did. This process takes several minutes, and I have to do it multiple times a day every day.  Today, I left the images I was working on open, left the computer for a little while, left the house for a 1/2 an hour, the power went out, so nothing was autosaved and I came back to having to re-do 2 hours of work.  This is a basic feature that all word processors have, the ability to auto-save and restore your work.  Since all the info is stored in small sidecar files, it shouldn't be that complicated to add.
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Kevin Quinlan

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Cristen Gillespie

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Even if there's no power outage, a slip with a keyboard shortcut can wind up costing you all your work. I  hesitate now to take very many images into CR at one time, it's so easy to lose everything.
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Pete Green, Customer Advocate

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This is one of the major benefits of working with Lightroom -- Edits are saved to the catalog instantly. Have you tried working with Lightroom on your Raw images?

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Pete
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Kevin Quinlan

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Hi Pete,  Yes I have used lightroom many times before(tried it for about a year).  I do not like the workflow, catalog management, and some of the features feel clunkier when you are editing images (and not just making global adjustments to batches of images.  I know many people like it, but I would find another software altogether if it were the only option at Adobe.  Especially when editing, 1000 images from a wedding, importing them into a catalog, and working from that catalog is extremely irritating to me.  I prefer opening files directly, and using the operating system (and Bridge) to sort store, and rename files.  Thank you for the suggestion though.
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Cristen Gillespie

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> Edits are saved to the catalog instantly. Have you tried working with Lightroom on your Raw images?>

I have used LR. I tried for quite some to use it with raw images, but finally just felt the catalog system was too awkward for me, as I do a lot of filtering and compositing, moving back and forth between program and plugin. The lack of workspace customization, kbsc customization, inconsistency between PS and LR for the very same functions, all play a role in making LR more difficult for me to use. I very much like some of the features. There's a lot to like about Lightroom, especially if you only work with your camera files. But I don't find enough benefit compared to my Bridge/CR/PS workflow to use it for my raw files. I'd rather see that workflow enhanced since it functions more smoothly for what I do.

I now use LR for all the JPEG photos I get from friends and family. I don't mind importing a few or a few hundred at a go when I can use LR Mobile to curate them.  I use my Bridge/PS workflow after initial edits and remove the files from the catalog when they're finished. Like Kevin, if my sole choice for editor in Adobe were Lightroom, I'd be with another company.
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