Document files overtaking my desktop - are they needed?

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Document files overtaking my desktop - are they needed?

Post by BruceM » 24 Jun 2019, 23:52

Okay, this question will expose me as a complete fool, but here goes; After working on a number of short scenes for a project, along with revisions, I've noticed that my desktop is getting filled up with document files that are labeled the same as my TVPaint project files. My actual project files are being saved to Dropbox, but for some reason these document files are going to my desktop.
My question is -- are these files important to keep, or are they tossable. I would prefer to throw them because there are so many, but if I do, will I still be able to work with the project files?

By the way, I'm working on an iMac.

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Re: Document files overtaking my desktop - are they needed?

Post by Soom » 03 Jul 2019, 13:02

This is strange. One thing that pops in mind, is that these are duplicate backups of your projects, which are autosaved according to a setting you have in your prefs.
So: go to Edit>Preferences>Save tab, and check if Multi-Backup is eabled, and the directory in Multi-Backup Directory - my bet is that it is set to your desktop...
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Re: Document files overtaking my desktop - are they needed?

Post by Thierry » 03 Jul 2019, 13:39

Soom wrote:
03 Jul 2019, 13:02
This is strange. One thing that pops in mind, is that these are duplicate backups of your projects, which are autosaved according to a setting you have in your prefs.
So: go to Edit>Preferences>Save tab, and check if Multi-Backup is eabled, and the directory in Multi-Backup Directory - my bet is that it is set to your desktop...
That's what I would check as well.
The default setting for this option should be "Project's Save Directory"
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Re: Document files overtaking my desktop - are they needed?

Post by BruceM » 03 Jul 2019, 14:58

Thanks Soom and Thierry! I checked in Preferences under the Save tab, and yes, it was set to my desktop. I've changed it to Projects Save Directory as you suggested, but out of curiosity, what does that mean? Where will these "documents" be sent to now?
Also, is it safe for me to dump all of the past Documents that were filling up my desktop, or are they needed for the old projects to open and work properly?

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Re: Document files overtaking my desktop - are they needed?

Post by Thierry » 03 Jul 2019, 15:02

I've changed it to Projects Save Directory as you suggested, but out of curiosity, what does that mean? Where will these "documents" be sent to now?
It means that the backup files will be saved in the same folder as your project :)
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Re: Document files overtaking my desktop - are they needed?

Post by BruceM » 03 Jul 2019, 15:05

Got it! Thanks Thierry!
As a follow up -- are these Documents needed for the project files to work properly? Or are they tossable?

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Post by Soom » 03 Jul 2019, 18:13

BruceM wrote:
03 Jul 2019, 15:05
Got it! Thanks Thierry!
As a follow up -- are these Documents needed for the project files to work properly? Or are they tossable?
As I said already - these are just backup copies of your projects. These are simply TVPaint files, that you can open, in case something happens with the original files, that you are working on. The number of copies you set under Multi-Backup setting in Preferences. Whether you need them or not is entirely up to you! I personally don't save any backup files, because I have a Time Machine backup on an external HDD. I suppose if your project is finished, you can easily delete them.
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Re: Document files overtaking my desktop - are they needed?

Post by BruceM » 03 Jul 2019, 19:49

OK, got it!
Thanks Soom!

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