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crazycd
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svg file is blank upon opening

Postby crazycd » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:51 am

Hello

I have an svg file that i worked on and saved. Upon opening yesterday the file is blank, but says its 37.8 MB. Have I completely lost my design? I don't know how to find autosave on my macbook and i didn't have time machine on. Help.

Thanks for any help.

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Re: svg file is blank upon opening

Postby Moini » Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:03 am

I don't know, it's hard to tell without seeing the actual file. It appears there is still a lot of data there, but it could also be garbage.

Autosave is available via Edit > Preferences > Input/Output > Autosave .
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Re: svg file is blank upon opening

Postby crazycd » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:26 am

Moini wrote:I don't know, it's hard to tell without seeing the actual file. It appears there is still a lot of data there, but it could also be garbage.

Autosave is available via Edit > Preferences > Input/Output > Autosave .



thank you for answering me, Do i have to do the autosave everytime i start a new file?

I think its goners.. i am unsure how to share the file...

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Re: svg file is blank upon opening

Postby Moini » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:13 pm

Autsave is set up once, and will work for every document that you will open from then on.

However, if Inkscape crashes in the session when you have set Autosave up, the setting change (along with any other setting changes) may be lost.

Larger files could be shared via services like dropbox, nextcloud, google drive or other file hosting services. It's too large for this forum, I suppose.
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Re: svg file is blank upon opening

Postby crazycd » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:19 am


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Re: svg file is blank upon opening

Postby Moini » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:19 am

The file contains nothing but ~15 patterns with different amounts of stars, and lots of gradient definitions.

If you did File > Clean up document, it would be entirely empty (78500 definitions - i.e. gradients, filters, patterns - would be removed).
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Re: svg file is blank upon opening

Postby crazycd » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:35 am

Moini wrote:The file contains nothing but ~15 patterns with different amounts of stars, and lots of gradient definitions.

If you did File > Clean up document, it would be entirely empty (78500 definitions - i.e. gradients, filters, patterns - would be removed).



ok thanks.. guess its lost forever!

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Re: svg file is blank upon opening

Postby Moini » Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:24 am

Yes, probably. Unless you accidentally converted all contents of your drawing to patterns. You can do Object > Pattern > Pattern to objects on a patterned object to convert it back, if that's the case.
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