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module file not saving the work done

Hi everyone,
i have had a very big problem today,
after working for several hours on a module file and saving regularly, i closed a the file. When i re-opened it, all the work had disappeared, archicad didn't save anything. The module was exactly as when it was created, even though the modification date was accurate...
Has anyone had this problem before?
I have worked a lot with module files before, and never had this kind of problem.
Mac OSX 10.15.7 | AC 24 INT 5000 FULL
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Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
Is it possible that you did not save your changes into the MOD file itself, but into a PLN file with the same name?
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no it is not...
but i have discovered something...
i was actually working on a detail that i made in the module file...

is it possible that this is the problem? That you cannot save anything inside the module apart from the module file itself? i.e. no sections details elevations etc?
Mac OSX 10.15.7 | AC 24 INT 5000 FULL

Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
That could very well be the problem.
I tried drawing a line and a fill into one of the Elevations within the Module, saved it and reopened it: the line and fill were gone.
So they do disappear, the only question I do not know the answer of: is this a feature or a bug? I would vote bug.
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I vote bug to.

If it is not, and you are not supposed to use details etc, GS should have disabled the sections/elevations and details tools on the module file.

It is very frustrating to lose all the job done for this reason.
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Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
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Yes, I agree with all you wrote.
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Ignacio
Expert
.mod files are not working files. AC opens them from a pln with the attributes of the previously used file, so once it does that it the titlebar should show untitled.pln, should not allow you to 'save' back to .mod but prompt for a name for the new .pln file or require a 'save as' .mod --and the 'save as' should have the notice 'only the elements visible in the floor plan viewpoint will be saved'.

TomWaltz
Newcomer
Ignacio wrote:
.mod files are not working files. AC opens them from a pln with the attributes of the previously used file, so once it does that it the titlebar should show untitled.pln, should not allow you to 'save' back to .mod but prompt for a name for the new .pln file or require a 'save as' .mod --and the 'save as' should have the notice 'only the elements visible in the floor plan viewpoint will be saved'.
I think Ignacio nailed it. MODs work best when they are generated from a PLN or PLP, either through "Save As" or the Publisher.

I've never seen a reason to work directly in a MOD, especially since they act very strangely regarding attributes available while working in them and the potential that they would differ from their original PLN.

If you are that concerned about being able to work and link the same file, why not just use a PLN?
Tom Waltz

Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
As Ignacio states, this is not a bug and is the way module files have always worked. They are not a substitute for PLN files. They do not contain any views other than stories and do not contain any attributes other than those actually in use.

To the original poster: hotlinks can be to PLN files, too - so it sounds like you should be saving your work that way anyway, if you wanted to include a detail along with what you were working on.

Generally, I do not recommend trying to work on MOD files directly, but rather publishing them from a normal project file. Working with MOD files directly is an 80% sure way to get messed up attributes in whatever project you link the result into unless you ALWAYS make sure that the related project is the last opened file before opening the MOD ... assuring that ArchiCAD is using the matching attributes.

As to the warnings... I suppose I agree with Ignacio, but really, I don't know that ArchiCAD can warn about everything... Presumably one should learn about modules before saving to them...?

Cheers,
Karl
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ok, you are right, -BUT- i think there should be some kind of warning or dimmed section marker on the .mod file, since it was not clear to anyone i spoke to that it is not allowed to work on anything else than the floor plan on the module file.
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Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
I agree with what you guys are saying, but I also agree with Achilles that that those things are misleading.
Maybe one should be able to open those Sections/Details etc. but all 2D elements should be disabled so one cannot create something in those viewpoint that will not be saved in the MOD file anyway.
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Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
IF it were possible to truly edit a MOD file, then I would agree with the last couple of comments, but it is not. Opening a MOD file creates a PROJECT file environment which consists of the last open state of ArchiCAD (all attributes of the last open project) and a merge of the contents of the MOD file.

I think the real issue is that perhaps we need a capability of editing the MOD file and nothing else ... Disabling certain commands/etc would be a 50% solution...we would also need to clear all non-MOD attributes, etc. This would not be that hard for GS to do, I would think... Anyone who wants the traditional behavior could simply start a new project (from 'last settings') and MERGE the mod file.

Cheers,
Karl
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