Hi Fred,

I really prefer FrameMaker's backup mechanism as it is.
Every some months I notice that I saved something (and closed
the file) and then I noticed that the last change was not correct.
Then I can take the backup without these last changes.
Other applications do the same, e.g. CorelDesigner/CorelDraw.
Therefore that's a common approach.

If you want a copy when you save a file, then you might do this
via FrameScript or ExtendScript. Similar scripts had been discussed
several times on the framescript-users mailing list.
You might log a feature request here:

Best regards


From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com 
[mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Fred Ridder
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 11:11 PM
To: David Artman; Tim Pann; framers@lists.frameusers.com
Subject: RE: Conditional text by paragraph tag?

David Artman wrote:
5) Generate output and peruse. DO NOT save FM files yet! If it boked a couple 
of times, fix thm; if it borked a ton; rollback to your 
backup.fm<http://backup.fm> files (you DO automatically save 
backup.fm<http://backup.fm> files every save, riiiight? ;) )

No, in fact I *don't* let FrameMaker generate .backup.fm files because they 
aren't really backups. They are just renamed versions of the *previous* saved 
version of the file.

Say you open a document FileA.fm. You make a whole slew of changes, and then do 
a Save. You figure that the newly saved FileA.fm is identical to 
FileA.backup.fm because you had FrameMaker make a "backup" upon saving, right. 
Wrong. FileA.backup.fm is the *original* file that you opened, *before* you 
made any changes to it. The "backup" is always one set of changes behind the 
content that a real backup would have in it. (And since Frame won't even let 
you do a Save unless you've changed *something*, the current saved version and 
the "backup" can *never* be identical.) So rolling back to the automatic 
"backup" will actually lose you the last set of changes that were in your last 

-Fred Ridder


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