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Q100175: Setting up Auto-Save functionality in MODO


This article explains how MODO's auto-save functionality works and how you can configure the behaviour. This is a useful feature to prevent you losing too much work if MODO crashes before you save a project.


Auto-Saves are triggered at set time-intervals, but only if a change has been made in the scene. The file location, time-interval and number of revisions are all configurable.


How to setup auto-save functionality

You can enable and change the settings of the auto-save within MODO's preferences:

  1. Launch MODO and then open the Preferences.  
    • On OSX this can be found under the "modo" menu
    • On Windows and Linux the Preferences are under the System menu

  2. In the Preferences window, navigate to Defaults > Auto-Save

  3. Here you will find the following settings:
    • Enable - Turns auto-saving on
    • Time Interval (mins) - sets the time between auto-saves
    • Backup Directory - where the auto-save files are stored
    • Number of Revisions - how many different auto-save files MODO will make for each file


MODO will make auto-saves for each file you work on, meaning auto-saves from a different file won't override saves from another.  If you haven't saved the file at all then the autosave will be called "Untitled.lxo"

  • If 'Number of Revisions' is set to 1 then autosave filename will match the original scene file
    where 'filename' is your scene name
  • If the revisions are set to more than 1, it will add a number to the start of the filename:
    NOTE: The most recent auto-save will have the highest number at the start of the file


How to load auto-saves after a crash

If MODO crashes, then the next time you launch MODO it will prompt you asking if you wish to load the most recent save or auto-save (it will choose the most recent).

Alternatively you can manually load an auto-save from the Backup Directory location.


Keywords: Auto-Save, Auto Save, Backup, MODO

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