This isn't a feature request, but more of a general "what's the best way to do this" kind of question.
Twice now I've lost some important work, and it's fair to say that human error was involved both times: the first time (short version) I started out with a template file and a day's worth of work, and after saving to a new file, I somehow ended up with two blank templates (there seems to be some confusion sometimes about which file is open and which file it's saving to). Mercifully, I had already exported to a smaller final PNG for web presentation, but I still feel bad about losing the original. Tonight, I spent a few hours inking, then thought to open the scratchpad for a reference image. The scratchpad crashed, and asked if I wanted to save it as a scrap. Well, no, I thought...I didn't have anything in the scratchpad yet. But, no--I was a dummy--it was MyPaint altogether that crashed, and I lost my one chance to retain all that work I had done.
Now that you've heard my sorry tale, what I'm trying to figure out is: what's the best way to back up my work from MyPaint as I go along, without obsessively hitting 'save' or obsessively saving my current work as scrap? The trouble is, when I'm deep in lettering, inking, and all that, I'm just not thinking about saving and resaving. I'm not just inking, but revising, experimenting, rewriting, and thinking about the next script.
I installed Back in Time, but that still only helps if you're hitting 'save' frequently. Back in Time backs up successive versions of files, and *would* have saved me in the first instance, but not the second--I had neglected to hit 'save' at any point during my session before the crash. Some action has to be performed by MyPaint.
One other thought I had was to program F2 to the stylus button. But that's not an available button option, and it's not that much better than hitting F2, anyway.--I still have to stop the process I'm involved with and think "OK, *save*". When tonight's crash hit, I had completely lost track of time, and at that moment I had no idea when I had saved last, if at all (which I hadn't).
"Cron jobs" is new territory for me, and I'm not sure how to apply it to MyPaint anyway. Is there a way to tell MyPaint to save from the command line? Or is there some other app that might work in conjunction with MyPaint to help me recover from goofs like this?
I wouldn't bother asking except, of course, MyPaint is exceedingly awesome. I'm a former "dead tree" cartoonist now doing everything but the borders in MyPaint, even the lettering: https://twitter.com/#!/carsonfire/status/166591897731739650/photo/1
Thanks ahead of time for any help!