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Animate resetting preferences and corrupting files

New Here ,
Feb 08, 2024 Feb 08, 2024

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I've been using this program constantly for four years now, and only recently have I actually had to deal with corrupted files. At first I thought it may have something to do with the fact that my laptop has a terrible battery, so unplugging it immediately kills it. But this issue comes up even if I first close Animate and wait a moment to let the close process. And not only does it corrupt files, but it also resets all of my preferences which I have to adjust back every time. Keyboard shortcuts, workspace, and all. This has happened several times in the last month out of nowhere. I am using 2024 edition, and debating whether just switching back to 2023 will make any difference for now.

 

Also as a side note sometimes transforming objects will ruin them? I always use the fluid brush, and even with lock fill turned off, transforming something made with that tool will change its color or fill the art with a different color when there wasn't one already. Also an issue that came up at the same time.

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Feb 08, 2024 Feb 08, 2024

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to rule out an animate problem, uninstall it (including your preferences):


uninstall animate, including preferences, per https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/uninstall-remove-app.html
restart your computer

reinstall animate 

test if the problem's resolved.

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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I tried that and it gave me back my original presets from before it started corrupting, but then it just corrupted again.Screenshot 2024-02-24 161328.png

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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sounds like your preferences weren't reset.

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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The preferences seem to be saved through the cloud, judging by how I could get them back, but they happen to become otherwise inaccessible at the same time a file gets corrupted (as it just happened again). Am I expected to just uninstall and reinstall Animate 2024 every time a file corrupts?

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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Wait, I see what you mean.

I unclicked "keep preferences" when I uninstalled but I guess they came back? I suppose I can try again.

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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they are not stored in the cloud.

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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I don't know what to tell you; I followed your instructions another two rounds of times and still got my old presets back. I uninstalled Animate, clicked "Remove preferences", restarted my computer, reinstalled Animate, and the circled presets and the accompanied keyboard shortcuts returned (same files still corrupted though).

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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you can also try

 

press and hold Control+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) as you start Animate.

 

to reset the preferences 

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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Good to know, and trying this will still help me get one step closer to figuring out why my files have been corrupting?

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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if it doesn't fix the problem, the next step is installing on a clean computer.

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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Sounds like a plan! I won't have time to backup my normal files and factory reset for the next few days but if this doesn't work, I will give that a shot because a totally clean pallete sounds like that could help. Thank you!

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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you're welcome, and keep us updated.

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Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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Just to clarify where various settings are stored:

 

Custom Shortcuts reside in Roaming:

C:\Users\YourUserAccount\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Animate\2024\Shortcuts

 

Commands, other plugins, Workspaces are in Config:

C:\Users\YourUserAccount\AppData\Local\Adobe\Animate 2024\en_US\Configuration

 

When you delete these folders, they will be recreated with the default content upon the next start of the program.

 

Nick - Character Designer and Animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of the Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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