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Export/Save to location where file is located.

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:31 am
by SoundBulb
I know that title might be confusing, so let me try to clarify it to the best of my ability.
I'm getting really tired of opening a file, working on it, and being done with it, ready to export... But I always have to find the location if it isn't the last location I exported in. I think it should detect where the file came from, making that the export location as well (obviously being allowed to change it while exporting if need be). It's not just an inconvenience but an annoyance as well. It takes up a good chunk of my time, as I work on multiple projects. This feature would be a GODSEND!

Also, changing the file format from something that isn't Wav back to Wav, the name changes to a bunch of Japanese or Chinese (probably Chinese) text.

Re: Export/Save to location where file is located.

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:39 am
by steve
The next version of Audacity will offer more options for default file locations. See here for a preview: https://alphamanual.audacityteam.org/ma ... references
SoundBulb wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:31 am
I think it should detect where the file came from,
That poses a number of problems:
1. It would make overwriting the source file the default, which is generally a bad idea because almost any mistake would then permanently destroy your work with no chance of recovery. It is recommended to always export as a new file and keep your original source file at least until you have checked that your exported file is correct.
2. It makes no sense for recordings.
3. It makes no sense for multi-track projects that may have files imported from multiple locations.

SoundBulb wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:31 am
Also, changing the file format from something that isn't Wav back to Wav, the name changes to a bunch of Japanese or Chinese (probably Chinese) text.
Puzzling :? Please start a new topic for that issue, and provide clear step of how to reproduce the problem.

Re: Export/Save to location where file is located.

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:29 pm
by SoundBulb
Well, it would be nice as an option that's disabled by default. I am fine with overwriting, and others that don't want to use it won't have to.


I swear I always get the "doesn't make sense" excuse.

Re: Export/Save to location where file is located.

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:19 pm
by dna598
steve wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:39 am
1. It would make overwriting the source file the default, which is generally a bad idea because almost any mistake would then permanently destroy your work with no chance of recovery. It is recommended to always export as a new file and keep your original source file at least until you have checked that your exported file is correct.
The "safety" recommendation of disallowing file write over is simply an obstacle to using Audacity in tandem with any digital audio workstation.
All other editors allow this basic command. Like, don't worry about my files bro, just give me "save (write over)" in the same directory and format as the original file. Please. After all the years. It's not the fault of the program if users make mistakes.
Why shut out out millions of potential users?