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My Project just went poof :-(

HunnenkoenigHunnenkoenig Posts: 1,173Member
edited November -1 in Working with GS (Mac)
GameSalad crashed and my project disappeared.

I can't open it, because I get a blank white square.

I looked into the gameproject file under windows and all my scenes and rules and xmls are gone. I have just some pictures in there.

So beware and double save on your HDD and on USB or similar!

3 days of work to do tomorrow again.


  • ORBZORBZ Posts: 1,303Member
    "under windows" ???

    Aren't you on a Mac?
  • HunnenkoenigHunnenkoenig Posts: 1,173Member
    I am on a hackintosh.
    I copied the project file to an usb stick and opened it under windows.
    Under windows it is a regular directory with xml files and subdirectories and images and such.
  • design219design219 Posts: 2,273Member
    I learned the hard way to save every half hour or so under a new version name (adding a number 1.1, 1.2, etc.). Stability got much better for me when .7 came out. I've not upgraded to .8 yet.

    The one thing that caused me to lose an entire project was copying rules from one game to another. I don't do that at all any more.
  • ChaserChaser Posts: 1,453Member
    Every time I save as new so the last working one is still safe
  • design219design219 Posts: 2,273Member
    Uhhh... hackintosh... no sympathies.

    Well, yeah, I'm sorry about your luck, but you are asking for trouble.
  • HunnenkoenigHunnenkoenig Posts: 1,173Member
    design219: 0.8.1 is more stable than 0.7. was, but my crash also occured after copying rules from one project to another.

    Probably that is really the problem.

    I hate apple and I hate mac.
    I am on the bandwagon just because of the iPhone development.

    I have no money for mac for trying out. When my games bring enough money, I will buy one for sure.
  • ORBZORBZ Posts: 1,303Member
    Ahh, well in that case I don't know...

    But you know even on a Mac you can just right click the file and select "Show Package Contents" and look at the innards of the project file. You don't have to copy it to windows.

    I know that doesn't help with your situation though.

    Bummer! :(

    Also, on a mac, just select the game project file in Finder and press Apple+D, that will make a backup Duplicate in the same directory. It's a fast and easy way to make backups.

    Plus, time machine is awesome!
  • HunnenkoenigHunnenkoenig Posts: 1,173Member
    ORBZ: thanks for the tip. I will try, what I can do.

    I have absolutely no clue about mac. It's the first time I use it.
  • design219design219 Posts: 2,273Member
    Netuddki, hate is a strong word for a product you don't use. Apple makes a great product, and has proven itself to be a stong inovator in the computer and communication industry. You should really give it a chance before you decide you hate it.

    I know they are, on the face of it, more expensive than PCs, but they are serious tools. I've used both and found Macs hold their value much longer, don't require as much after purchase expense and don't require constant virus protection expenses.

    Just my 2 cents.
  • scitunesscitunes Posts: 4,047Member, Sous Chef
    @Netudki - Them Are Fightin' Words!
  • paulitsmepaulitsme Posts: 109Member
    I had a lot of problems with gamesalad crashing and early on I lost a lot of work. Now I save every 10min and change my save name by one number 22,23,24 etc. Im upto about 70 one one game but its better than loosing work which can be painful.

    I found that turning off power management for the harddrive in osx helped reduce the amount of problems.
  • design219design219 Posts: 2,273Member
    Also, I found that as soon as GameSalad starts to slow down, quite and re-open.
  • paulitsmepaulitsme Posts: 109Member
    Yeah me too. As soon as it starts taking time when I click on an actor I know its time to save, shut it down and restart.
  • micahmicah Posts: 85Member
    This happened to me a couple weeks ago. It doesn't have anything to do with using a hackintosh. I've set up hackintosh computers before and, since you're actually running the same machine code as you do on a Mac, there aren't any software differences. The only problems that hackintoshes have are with buggy kernel extensions (drivers) trying to work on PC hardware. All normal userspace software should work just fine.

    Anyway, first make a backup of your project. Then on your hackintosh right-click on the gamesalad project select Show Package Contents (which lets you go into the project folder in finder). Then open object.xml. It's an XML file that contains a list of scenes and actors and attributes. Scroll to the bottom of your list of actors and delete the last one, and save. Try opening your project. If it still doesn't work, delete the next actor at the bottom of the list, and try opening your project. Repeat until it works.

    If you get your project to open this way, then all should be the same except for the most recent actors you created should no longer be there (you deleted them) so you have to recreate them.
  • HunnenkoenigHunnenkoenig Posts: 1,173Member
    Micah: Thanks! I wil try it, but not today anymore :-)

    I will report back.
  • firemaplegamesfiremaplegames Posts: 3,206Member
    Those crashes happen on the Mac as well! Save As... all the time! I make a new version of my project every time I reach a milestone, or a partiularly tedious piece of coding. Stunt Squirrels! has over 30 versions. I too have lost a few days work and it's not fun.

    GS is still in beta, but that is good advice regardless.
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