Is there a reason we can't save/save as?

  • 'Download a copy' moves the C3 file to my downloads folder with no option of where to actually store it. Is there any way I can save it to a directory of my chosing, or have it simply overwrite the file I'm working on?

    This would make it much more like a desktop app (I'm using the 'desktop' version, saved from Chrome).

    Ideally I would hit save and it would save over the local file (in Dropbox).

    At the moment I have to: Download a copy > close project > copy project file to correct folder in Dropbox > reopen project

    I tried the actual desktop version (Beta) when it first came out, but it corrupted my project after a single save, so I'm not to keen to try that again.

    Thanks

  • I believe it's a browser setting. In chrome click Settings -> Ask where to save each file before downloading

  • There are two issues with that, though

    The first is that the dozens (sometimes hundreds) of other files I download each day will ask the same thing, even though they should all go to a single directory

    The second is that I'd still have to save it that way (as above), close the project and then reopen it. Unless it 'refreshes' the file that is currently open, as it would be the file being overwritten.

    If it functioned like Construct 2 / Unity / Gamemaker etc, I'd simply be able to hit 'save' and it'd overwrite the file (since I originally opened it as a file, not from the cloud or browser). This would save a lot of time and it'd be far more intuitive.

    Cloud saving was okay early on, but now that my file is over 400MB (99% video files) it takes a while each time. During this time I can't export either.

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  • I think it is a limitation of the browsers rather than construct 3.

    However the new standalone version should allow you to save where you want to , that is one of the reasons for having stand alone version.

    Just to add, i think that they way the browser download option automatically saves a new file every time with a number suffix so you keep every save file you make is a really safe way to work

    You can delete or archive older files as you move forward.

    I dont have an issue with it going to the downloads folder as I pretty much only use chrome for construct, I use edge for everything else but can understand your construct browser is your main browser.

    but yea the stand alone version should sort you.

  • the stand alone version should sort you.

    I tried the actual desktop version (Beta) when it first came out, but it corrupted my project after a single save, so I'm not to keen to try that again.

    It doesn't seem as if it's ready

  • Sorry didn't see that.

    Ahh well, Im sure it will be ready soon.

    until then maybe you could make a batch file so you have a one click option to take the c3p save files out of your downloads and put them where you want?.

  • The reason browsers can't write files anywhere to disk is because that would be a security nightmare. (Hopefully this is obvious if you think about it - you could overwrite user documents, possibly replace system files, etc.) You can either set the browser to ask you every time as suggested, or use the desktop build of C3.

  • The reason browsers can't write files anywhere to disk is because that would be a security nightmare. (Hopefully this is obvious if you think about it - you could overwrite user documents, possibly replace system files, etc.)

    I have no idea what's possible. I assumed if you were giving permission to open a file, perhaps you'd be able to give permission each time you save to overwrite it. I guess not.

    use the desktop build of C3.

    I tried the actual desktop version (Beta) when it first came out, but it corrupted my project after a single save, so I'm not to keen to try that again.

    Is there an ETA for when the desktop build is expected to be more stable/in a finished state?

    Edit: FYI I tried it again tonight. I simply saved the file 4 times. When I tried opening each, one of the saved files returned the message "This isn't a valid project file" or something like that. It seems random and unreliable to be depending on for now.

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    Would it be possible for you to post one of those failed save files so we can examine?

  • I can, I have a link, but can I send it to you directly somehow? It seems I can't PM you

    FYI here is the exact error:

    Opened as a browser based file, saved from C3 (desktop) as a project file. It always saves, but when it comes to reopening a file - sometimes the export worked, sometimes it doesn't.

    Thanks

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