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Hello! Affinity Designer began to run slow on my iPad Pro first generation, so I thought I'd better delete and reinstall the app. I took care to save the work I had in there, but I cannot find all of it now, just one of them. So what happened to the other work I had in there? It said that it saved but obviously it did not. Any ideas?

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Hi Wilfred Hildonen,

In Preferences, you have an option where you can change the Default Save Location, if that was set to On My iPad, then the files would of been saved into a Designer folder on the iPad, viewable via the Files app HOWEVER that folder is removed when you uninstall the app.  If it that option in Preferences was set to iCloud Drive, then they would of been saved to your iCloud drive and the files should still be there.  From what you've mentioned tho it sounds like it was set to local storage and the work has been lost :( 

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Oh shit! Well, it wasn’t that much but it really sucks. Perhaps you should change that default or at least give users a warning? Well, done is done and there’s nothing to do about it now, but I’ll change that setting now - and I suggest that you change the default setting to avoid worse disasters for other users. 

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10 hours ago, Wilfred Hildonen said:

Oh shit! Well, it wasn’t that much but it really sucks. Perhaps you should change that default or at least give users a warning? Well, done is done and there’s nothing to do about it now, but I’ll change that setting now - and I suggest that you change the default setting to avoid worse disasters for other users. 

iOS apps are a little different when it comes to file access/saving. This 'Workflow' works for me.

1. Start a project. This project now exists in the apps Sandbox.

2. Save a copy. (Document Menu/Save a Copy), navigate to cloud/iPad storage folder and 'Add’ to save. I use Documents (by Readdle), a free app, to create nested folders for each app and save on my iPad. Deleting Serif apps has no effect on these folders.

 3. Use the back arrow to return to Project screen and close the original (Open) project (3 bars menu/Close).

4. Tap + button and select Open from Cloud. Navigate to cloud storage folder and select previously saved file. You are now working on your file stored in  your choice of folder (not the apps Sandbox).

5. Make edits.

6. Save to update changes (Document Menu/Save). The Save menu is only available after Saving a Copy and then opening the saved copy.

 7. Close project.

 Next time you Open from Cloud the previous edits will be there


IPad Pro 10.5 512GB iOS 12.1 Affinity Photo 1.6.11.85 Affinity Design 1.6.4.45

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Thanks a lot. I’ve added Documents and although it’s quite a lot to get into, it’s not overwhelmingly difficult:) With this experience, I might understand why some people still consider the iPad a toy, in spite of the fact that you can create some serious work on it. Perhaps Apple should buy Readdle to implement some of these functions in the iPad Pro, to make it really pro...

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Thanks DM1. Your workflow description is detailed and to the point. It looks like a sound approach that I think I will adopt. It’s terrible that iPad users have to jump through these kinds of hoops just to keep up with their files, but Apple is Apple what can I say. 

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