I just lost an RTF file (an article I’ve been writing and revising) when DTProV2 froze and would not even respond to a Force Quit command. I had to use Shift-Start to restart my computer. I had had the main database and two separate RTF files on my screen before the crash, and both of those files were listed under a folder on the main database window. I had been saving both my RTF files as I went along, using Command-S. Every time I did that, the “Data” dropdown menu was highlighted, indicating to me that some saving was happening.
When I tried to access DT again, it told me I had over 1000 errors in the database, and suggested I either revert to a previous backup or rebuild. I chose to rebuild, hoping I would find the file I had been working on.
The database, which apparently was exported and then re-imported without errors, did not include my RTF file, which I had saved and saved using Command-S while I was working on it. I haven’t scrutinized the rest of the files, but by the file counts within the folders, most of my other recent work appears to be intact.
I have searched throughout DT for the missing RTF file to no avail. I have also searched my computer using both Spotlight and the Finder’s search box.
Is my file totally gone? How can that be? Does saving not save to something, somewhere? Is the only “saving” that counts when one does a full backup? Even Appleworks allows users to retrieve files after an unexpected crash. Could that kind of facility not be built into DT? There seem to be no specific instructions in the tutorial on saving RTF files.
Also, in the process of searching for DT backups in my Documents folder (and actually throughout the computer), I noticed only one backup of DT Pro, when I have used Backup and Optimize several times since starting to use DTProV2 and my preferences are set for maintaining 5 backups. Also, I seem to have dozens of old DT backups, from before DT Pro, even though I have trashed the old DT software.
The solution to this problem is very important to me, not just because I’ve lost hours of work, but because I really love DT and am trying to integrate as much as possible of my work into it. I have used DA and DT for research until now, but this is the first time I’ve used DT to actually write and edit an article, and I’d like very much to know that using it is as secure as using MS Word or Appleworks.
I have a PowerBookG4 running Tiger OS 10.4.1. I have 2.29 GB available on my hard drive.
I’d appreciate whatever feedback and advice anyone can offer. In addition to help finding my file, I’m particularly interested in hearing from others who use DT as a word processor. Many thanks.