You can set the autosave feature in your design, which helps in saving your work periodically. The key variables to autosave the database are present under the File_management section in User Preferences Editor. You can open this using Setup > User Preferences.
This option must be set before starting the layout editor.
By default, this option is turned off to save time. It requires a restart.
The default name is AUTOSAVE. Do NOT provide a file extension. The layout editor will use the appropriate extension based on the type of database under edit. It requires a restart.
The default time is 30 minutes. The minimum is 10 minutes, and the maximum is 300 minutes. It requires a restart.
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For instance, a user works for 8 hrs and save time given to 20 min. By the end of the time, there would be 24 copies. Is there a way where only the last 3 backups can be saved and the rest all are auto-deleted? which would reduce space and also confusion.
use variable ads_autosaverevs and specify the number of versions you want to maintain for AUTOSAVE database files.
You can find this variable in Setup > User Preferences > File management > Versioning
Can the location of autosave be set to a fixed path? For example, the design location is a far away network drive, a 100mb design will take long to save with every autosave, interrupting workflow. Could the autosave be set to a location on C drive?
i think the autosaved files can be located at no other locations but in your working directory only. if u need the autosaved files to be found in the c drive, the working directory of your design needs to be in the c drive as well.
There are 2 challenges here
1. The minimum save time is 10min and in many cases it may not be sufficient. Are there any future updates planned to reduce the minimum save time ?
2. As the other user mentioned there should be an option where the user can define the path where to save the files.
FYI: Other popular EDA tool has both above mentioned features.