CNX2 won't save my files
I'm in the middle of post processing some images. CNX2 worked just fine for about the first 3, but starting with about the fourth image, I made my adjustments, told CNX2 to save, I saw the progres bar as it saved, but then when I go back to the image, it's the original; nothing was retained from my session. Has this happened to anyone?
#1. "RE: CNX2 won't save my files" | In response to Reply # 0
robsb Nikonian since 23rd Aug 2006Sat 08-Jan-11 03:13 AM
This has happened to some people. Try this Go into preferences, Cache Setting and set the Cache to 2 GB or less or even zero.
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#3. "RE: CNX2 won't save my files" | In response to Reply # 2
jrp Charter MemberSat 08-Jan-11 05:52 AM | edited Sat 08-Jan-11 05:53 AM by jrp
Can you tell us what it was?
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#4. "RE: CNX2 won't save my files" | In response to Reply # 3
Sat 08-Jan-11 11:39 AM
As you probably know (at least this happens on my computer), NX2 has this wierd habit of saving your current image to the folder that you were last saving to during your last session. For example, if I saved images to folder X during a session, quit the application, came back a few hours later, then opened folder Y to load another image for processing, processed the image, then hit the "save" button, CNX2 would save that image to folder X instead of folder Y (I hope this is making sense). So I always have to remember to hit the "save as" command and then choose the correct folder. Needless to say, I forgot to do this last night. As I said, totally my fault.
Maybe there's a preference setting that I can configure?
#5. "RE: CNX2 won't save my files" | In response to Reply # 4
nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Sat 08-Jan-11 01:11 PM
You said "...then hit the "save" button, CNX2 would save that image to folder X instead of folder Y...." and then discussed picking the right folder using "Save As...".
If you really did hit the "Save" button or clicked "File|Save" from the menu and CNX2 saved the file elsewhere such that it did not overlay the file in the location it was opened from (or last saved as during the current session) then I would consider that a bug. I've never seen CNX2 do that. (Is there a "Save Button" in CNX2? I don't have one)
If, however, you really did a "Save As" or previously did a Save As during the edits for the current image then CNX2 is doing what it was intended to do. Doing a "Save As" changes the expected target location of a subsequent "Save" to the last saved location, as per convention.
By long time universal convention, a "Save" should overlay the file where it was opened from or last saved. A "Save As" is sort of a fielders choice, in my experience, because different apps do different things and I don't think there is a "convention" there although CNX2 is arguably in the minority. Some (most?) apps default the Save As location to the original file folder but some, like CNX2, remember the last Saved As location, as CNX2 does. In particular PhotoShop used the image's current folder as a default and there lies a lot of confusion for me since I may be working both apps simultaneously and have to remember the different behavior.
I'm not sure I like what CNX2 does but I (somewhat reluctantly) respect it as a valid strategy. I suspect their thinking is that when you do a Save As you are probably saving the image in a final form (maybe a JPG or TIF from the original NEF) and you have a standard output folder like "8x10 Prints That Need Printing". It would be better if CNX2 had a preference setting to select the desired Save As default location strategy, especially since it is not terribly common as a hard coded default.
One of the reasons I don't like CNX2's strategy for Save As is that in the heat of battle I often do a Save As without noting the target folder before clicking OK, and then while the thermometer is running down the save operation I realize I have no clue where I just saved the file . That's arguably user error but I've been doing that on occasion for years . And I suspect that is what happened to you.
If I lost track of the location, after the save as completes I then click File|Save As again, note the target folder, and then click cancel to abort the Save As. Even easier, you can click File|Open Recent and note the location. After a Save As, Open Recent immediately places the file name and folder on the topmost entry of recent files.
I went into this because your statements suggest you may be confusing "Save" with "Save As", either in your actual work flow or in how you described your work flow here.
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#7. "RE: CNX2 won't save my files" | In response to Reply # 5
Sat 08-Jan-11 07:40 PM | edited Sat 08-Jan-11 07:41 PM by JerryLoSardo
Sorry, I wasn't very clear in my Post #4. First, I should have stated that I clicked "file-save as", not "hit the save button".
Second: You now have me second-guessing myself as to what I actually did last night. I have to go back and do more research.
At any rate, thank you for the tip about using File-Open Recent. That should do the trick.
#6. "RE: CNX2 won't save my files" | In response to Reply # 2
>Bob, thanks. My cache settings were set correctly; I figured
>out the problem: me. Please disregard, I'm an idiot.
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#8. "RE: CNX2 sometimes hangs up unable to save" | In response to Reply # 6
Sun 09-Jan-11 07:26 AM
Sometimes after working vor a while, I find that CNX hangs up right when I want to save and then I get the message "unable to save file" Would changing the cache settings help for this problem? It is usually when I made a stack of changes to an image!
#9. "RE: CNX2 sometimes hangs up unable to save" | In response to Reply # 8
sevtcard Nikonian since 05th Mar 2009Sun 09-Jan-11 11:10 AM | edited Sun 09-Jan-11 11:11 AM by sevtcard
changing the cache to <2gb helps (0 seems even better) but is no cure...cnx2 has significant memory issues - the problem is especially bad if you use the brush a lot to add or subtract an effect (this is something i do quite a bit). there has been much discussion on this topic over the last 2 years in this forum. the bottom line is that the only solution will be the long hoped-for upgrade of cnx2 to cnx3 (hopefully with these issues addressed)...
#10. "RE: CNX2 sometimes hangs up unable to save" | In response to Reply # 9
KnightPhoto Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006Sun 09-Jan-11 08:25 PM
>changing the cache to <2gb helps (0 seems even better) but
>is no cure...cnx2 has significant memory issues - the problem
>is especially bad if you use the brush a lot to add or
>subtract an effect (this is something i do quite a bit).
>there has been much discussion on this topic over the last 2
>years in this forum. the bottom line is that the only
>solution will be the long hoped-for upgrade of cnx2 to cnx3
>(hopefully with these issues addressed)...
I have reduced my cache now to 2GB (from 25Gb) - thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try.
On my machine I tend to ONLY get the error when I hit SAVE and while it is saving I change focus over to my web browser (usually to read Nikonians ).
So now I AVOID changing focus while the SAVE operation is in progress. That seems to eliminate the problem for me.
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#11. "RE: CNX2 sometimes hangs up unable to save" | In response to Reply # 10
Mon 10-Jan-11 11:41 AM
Thank you for taking the time to comment. I have reduced my cache and will see if that helps. I have also learned to save midway if I do a lot of PP to an image, which is luckily not that often.
#12. "RE: CNX2 sometimes hangs up unable to save" | In response to Reply # 11
nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Mon 10-Jan-11 12:14 PM
If you get the "unable to save" message after a number of edits you may be able to save all the edits to a temporary settings file, close the image (and CNX2), and reopen, and apply the temporary settings.
That assumes that CNX2 is still in a state that will save the settings properly. You'll have to just try it and see.
Settings files will save control points but not manually applied selective brush work. That you will have to re-do and arguably that is the majority of the work in many cases. This is an imperfect solution but better than just throwing away all the edits.
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#13. "RE: CNX2 sometimes hangs up unable to save" | In response to Reply # 11
cliddell Nikonian since 10th Oct 2006Tue 11-Jan-11 10:02 AM
As I understand it, the cache in CNX2 is only used to speed up re-opening a previously edited image. I have not lost any functionality by reducing the cache to 0 because I seldom reopen edited images.
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