Win32 and 64, English

Massimo Cicognani
This plug-in helps you to avoid to loose valid drawing changes. It saves unsaved files and standard Autodesk® AutoCAD® autosave files (.sv$) in a local folder for later recovery (if necessary).

General Usage Instructions

The plug-in will load at start up (it’s very small and you won’t notice any delay) and only two commands are available, that actually work as system variables.


The command that allows you to specify the saving folder.


If you specify a valid folder, the plug-in will be enabled.


If you specify a null folder (i.e. an empty name), this function would be disabled.


The command that allows you to specify the number of standard AutoCAD's autosave files to preserve from deleting.


If you specify 0, this function would be disabled.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


This command asks for the maximum number of autosave files you want to preserve from deleting for each open drawing. If you specify 0, this function would be disabled and no files are kept. If you specify a number greater than zero, the autosave files will be preserved from automatic deletion and kept in your temporary folder. Autosave files exceeding the maximum number you supplied will be deleted. This function would work only if the standard auto saving feature is enabled in AutoCAD (see Options->Open and Save->Automatic Save). To allow for multiple concurrent autosave files and to easily sort them, comsSaveIt! will append a date/time tag to the base drawing name to compose the new preserved autosave file name.


This command will ask you to specify a fully qualified folder path (i.e. c:\temp). Since a folder path may contain spaces, the prompt request must be confirmed by pressing ‹Enter› or cancelled by ‹Escape›. If you specify an invalid or not existent folder you will be notified and the command will preserve the previous configuration. The command will present you the current folder specified and pressing ‹Enter› without typing any character will just confirm your current configuration. To disable the plug-in you must provide an empty path, thus you are required to type at least one character, like a single space and confirm with ‹Enter›. The plug-in will notify you that the folder configuration will be cleared and the function disabled, to re-enable it, just run the command again and specify a valid folder path.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8/8.1/10) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

For comsSaveIt! saving folder, specify a local folder, it may be the same temporary folder you specify in AutoCAD settings for your temporary files and auto-save feature (see Options->Open and Save->Automatic Save). More: we strongly advise you to configure AutoCAD to use a single local folder for temporary files, plot logs, bak files and auto-saved files. It will save you time and will avoid dispersing useless files over the network.

Since the local saving folder may grow large, especially if it’s the same used by AutoCAD for temporary files, bak files, plot logs and auto-saved files, we advise you to setup a scheduled task to clean the temporary folder from older files. On the Internet you may find many free tools able to do that. If you fail to do so, or simply you don’t want to waste your time, just write to us. We wrote a small command that will clean only AutoCAD files, from the folder you specify (guess which?), older than a time length you specify (we suggest a two weeks threshold).

If you want to preserve the standard AutoCAD's autosave files (those with .sv$ extension), be sure that the autosaving feature is activated in the standard Options dialog (see Options->Open and Save->Automatic Save) and check that the number of minutes between saves fits your needs. Also, you may want to change the standard saving folders (through the same Options dialog, see folder settings on the 'Files' tab) to a more accessible location, since the standard setting would use a folder inside the local user profile. It would be wise to use the same local folder for all of your temporary files and for the COMSSAVEITFLD setting.

Known Issues

  • To avoid useless savings, comsSaveIt! will save only drawings that have actually been modified. This usually works very well, but if something else will modify the drawing upon loading (i.e. some other plug-ins, or even ACADM® when configured to adjust Mechanical Standards when opening a non-mechanical drawing), the drawing will result as modified even if you didn’t touch it. This will cause comsSaveIt! to save it even if not actually required.
  • Autosave History works only with the standard autosave extension .sv$
  • Icons designed for light theme, however readable even on dark theme.


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Version History

Version Number Version Description


Added 2019 support


Added 2018 support


Added 2017 support


Added sv$ files preservation

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