<Ctrl S>, <Ctrl Alt S>, and Backups

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<Ctrl S>, <Ctrl Alt S>, and Backups

Postby Rcnewcomb » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:13 am

Now that a new release of the Vectric software is out this is a good time to remind people of some of the features in VCarve and Aspire, and also in Windows.

Save Early Save Often
As you are working on your project it is a good idea to save your work as you go. Vectric gives you several choices:
<Ctrl S> or File/Save - This saves your work over the last saved version of the file. Teach yourself to type <Ctrl S> whenever you have made a major change and are satisfied with the results. I've trained myself to hit <Ctrl S> whenever I stop to think for a bit.If you are not sure of your changes then use the File ⇒ Save As... command instead option and give the file a new name.

<Ctrl Alt S> or File/Increment and Save - This is cooler and easier than File/Save As. The Increment and save operation allows you to automatically number iterations of files you are working on. If you select this operation when editing a file which ends with an underscore, or a hyphen followed by a number, then the number will be increased by 1 and the file will be saved using this number.

For example, MyFile_1.crv3d becomes MyFile_2.crv3d MyFile-1.crv3d becomes MyFile-2.crv3d
The increment and save option will keep incrementing until it finds a file that does not currently exist. It will not overwrite an existing file.

Later, if you wish, you can go back and delete the older versions.

Backup Is Cheap and Oh So Easy
You can purchase a 4TB external hard drive today for about $100 from any number of sources. I saw a special on eBay today (2017-07-26) for a new 4TB Seagate drive for $89.

Windows 10 makes it very easy to have backups happen automatically. Here is a link to instructions on How to Back Up Your Computer Automatically with Windows 10's Built-in Tools

I use the File History feature to backup my files and folders that change frequently. I have mine set to daily backups but you have have them happen as often as every 10 minutes. It will keep backups for a specified period of time or "Until Space is Needed".

....But if you don't Save Early and Save Often then the backup can't help you out....

If you are doing this for a living then an offsite backup will protect you should there be a fire in the shop. (So far I've only had that happen once.) It can be as simple as using a thumb drive that goes home with you each night, or there are any number of cloud backup solutions.
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Re: <Ctrl S>, <Ctrl Alt S>, and Backups

Postby dwilli9013 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:37 pm

Thank you Randall. The incremental save was one that I was not aware of.
Due to years upon years of cad work Save often is a must. Some designs change so quickly that it is a lifesaver.
I have also been doing the external backup thing for a few years now and that has saved me a couple of times.
My favorite is the 4GB USB jump drive in a victorianox small Swiss army knife. Fits nicely on my keychain and not too bulky.
Plug it in soon as I get to work and that way I cannot leave work without remembering my USB stick.
Thanks again. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: <Ctrl S>, <Ctrl Alt S>, and Backups

Postby Adrian » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:00 pm

There are also a couple of file backup gadgets that I wrote before the increment and save feature was added but they might still be useful as they work in a different way. For ease of use they can be assigned to one of the Gadget shortcut keys.

http://gadgets.vectric.com/V9/job_backup.html
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Re: <Ctrl S>, <Ctrl Alt S>, and Backups

Postby dwilli9013 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:13 pm

thanks Adrian.
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Re: <Ctrl S>, <Ctrl Alt S>, and Backups

Postby gkas » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:31 pm

Rcnewcomb wrote:Now that a new release of the Vectric software is out this is a good time to remind people of some of the features in VCarve and Aspire, and also in Windows.

<Ctrl Alt S> or File/Increment and Save - This is cooler and easier than File/Save As. The Increment and save operation allows you to automatically number iterations of files you are working on. If you select this operation when editing a file which ends with an underscore, or a hyphen followed by a number, then the number will be increased by 1 and the file will be saved using this number.

For example, MyFile_1.crv3d becomes MyFile_2.crv3d MyFile-1.crv3d becomes MyFile-2.crv3d
The increment and save option will keep incrementing until it finds a file that does not currently exist. It will not overwrite an existing file.


Never noticed that command. Definitely in use now. Thanks :D
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Re: <Ctrl S>, <Ctrl Alt S>, and Backups

Postby oldlogtrucker » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:45 pm

Thank you for pointing that out.
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