I am a huge PhotoShop user, I would consider myself advanced. I use PS CS5 and it is open 24/7 along with Dreamweaver.
Regardless of your software, designers and developers who work with projects that progress will always meet that moment where either their app crashes or they simply forgot to save and they lose minutes, hours or even days worth of work.
No matter how many times you tell yourself ”remember to save, remember to save”…when you get deep into a project and you’re on a roll, it’s VERY easy to forget to cntrl S (win).
Two nights ago I had put about an hour of work into a new project, I grew tired and decided to go to bed… I forgot to save the latest version of my layout.
The next morning I came down to find my system had updated and rebooted. The last hour of work, Gone!
This put me on a quest. I Googled ‘CS5 Auto Save’ and found that as advanced and dominating Adobe is in the industry, they have yet to include an Auto Save function in their suite…at least not as of CS5.
I did however stumble across an amazing FREE little app made by a Korean developer.
AutoSave is a crazy little application/service that runs in the background (PC only it would appear). You download it, install it and you will find the logo above appear in your system tray.
Right clicking the icon gives you the option to choose how often to save, whether or not you want backups made (and how often) and what applications you want it to work on!
Did I mention it’s Free? The person does ask you to buy them a beer or coffee if you like it, I donated happily and recieved a very sincerely thank you message.
AutoSave works not only on PhotoShop but also on Dreamweaver and Illustrator. It will also work on a few non-Adobe apps like Painter, 3DMax, SketchUp, MangaStudio and Notepad++.
The makers of the app did not ask me to post this, I am simply shocked it’s not not out there more and I find it to be a lifesaver!
System Safety: Many of you, like myself, may question “if it runs in the background, how do I know it’s not doing something else..like turning my system into a spam zombie?“. Well I certainly have no guarantees..I don’t know the developer personally. I do however utilize ESET NOD32 Antivirus (Superior AV Software) and I specifically scanned this little bugger, but it found nothing harmful.
The link to the developers site is here (note, it’s a Korean ‘google site’): Click Here
The Download link to the Latest English version of the app is here: Click Here
HOWEVER, I run Win 7 and had an issue with the above version, I emailed the developer and they sent me the following link, which works great: Click Here
NOTE: This app when installed was in Korean, but right clicking the icon in the tray and selecting ’Language’ allowed me to change it to ‘English’.