* BugSplat *

Work lost.

Life over.

There is no god.

I hate you all.

Now, excuse me while I go search the house for hard liquor.


I still love you. Can you forgive (at least) me? :wink:


When spelled with lowercase ‘g’, you’re actually referring to a specific one, as opposed to the one and only.

Which god?

If you open the welcome screen, do you see a recovered file?

Maybe not all is lost…

That depends on whether I find any hard liquor.

It is gone gone gone.

I blame Aaron.

Colin, too.


Advice for the future: Save early, Save often. Sorry to hear about the loss of effort.

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Half my HDD and ext HDD is backups! Every change gets a backup, even really trivial ones. I have thousands of iterations of almost every component in the model.

But this time? I was on a roll… :crazy_face:


One of your tanks?

Yep. It’s the only thing I’m modeling. :grin:

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No recovered files on the welcome screen? Do you not have autosave running? Probably, sometimes you are the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug.

I don’t know what your internet upload speed is, but I think Trimbal Connect may be a better option for your storage of the main model. Another thought would be to make the parts in separate models, saving as components and adding them to the main model when they are ready.

I feel like I have worked very hard to illustrate why you should save regularly… I still have scars from the Norte Dame live model…


And you even got the T-shirt!


No recovered files on the welcome screen?


Do you not have autosave running?

Heh. Yeah. “Autosave”. About that… :crazy_face:
It would freeze La Papa laptop long enough for me to mow half the lawn. So I disabled it. That’s why I manually save so often.


Every part of the model is saved separately. I have tens of thousands of saved files, maybe even hundreds of thousands by now. It’s very inefficient and a waste of disk space, but at least I can compare old and new just for laffs.

You say this, but I know you hacked into my computer and crashed SketchUp just for kicks. Colin told me.


My strategy for a primitive sort of revision history is to make a copy of the overall SKP file and give the copy a unique name (I use the macOS Duplicate feature which copies and automatically renames). I do this either when I think it has been too long since the last unique revision was saved, and before I am about to do something to the model that I might regret and that Undo might now allow me to recover (because of more than 100 steps; or because I suspect that a Validity Check will fail and corrupt the model and that Undo won’t be able to revert).

When the overall model (subsystem) is complete to my thinking, then I Save As each component into a separate SKP file in a subdirectory on my computer. I rarely actually open any of those separate component SKP files, but I do occasionally and it’s another form of backup (but reassembling the subsystem from all its components in separate SKP files would be very frustrating).

My save file format is “component_month_day_year_time.skp”, with the occasional additional detail in there for fun. It gets pretty unwieldy, but at least it gives a reasonable idea of what’s in a drawing without risking a five minute wait for some unexpected monstrosity to load and open.

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Have you considered backing up your work by utilizing your Trmble Connect storage?

Hey, one new trick at a time, man! This dog is old!

(I’ll investigate that option. Is it another cloud-based storage service?)

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