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 from 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 macOS, navigate to modo > Preferences. 
    • On Windows and Linux, navigate to System > Preferences.
  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:
    PLEASE 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 to ask 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Modo will automatically delete old autosave files from the directory. 


If you encounter any issues performing the steps outlined in this article, then please open a Support ticket and let us know the issue you are encountering and the troubleshooting steps you have taken so far.

For more information on how to do this, please see the following article: Q1000064: How to raise a support ticket.  

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