A Warning to All MSE Users

Both of my blogs have been sleeping for quite a while now, and of course I have resolved to change that in 2013 – well, let’s say: I intend to do it. New Year resolutions have a bad rep, and not undeservedly… So, I won’t blog about my resolution to blog more, but instead just get to blogging again.

One thing which is really taking up a lot of my time right now is designing my own Magic cards with Magic Set Editor. It is great that this program exists, and that it is free; and I am thankful that it gives me the opportunity to make my own cards and sets – but it has really a lot of weaknesses and outright bugs which sometimes drive me crazy.

The worst thing, however, is the following: MSE allows you to open several instances of the same file – something which can easily happen accidentally if you switch between files a lot (which, in turn, I feel forced to do because of the exceedingly poor sorting and displaying options of that program). Once you do that, you are in great danger of losing your data if you change or save one of those files – not only the new data you added since you opened the second instance of that file, but also older data you didn’t touch at all. Even worse, even the backup files which MSE keeps become corrupted at the same time! You can lose whole cards, artwork for cards, and changes to your card text, and I’ve even seen artwork becoming attached to different cards. As soon as you try to save your file, it is too late to do something about it; your file is already corrupted and you cannot undo the changes. If you’re lucky, you have at least backups of older versions of your files with a different name – I often do, because I have been reorganizing and thus renaming my files several times, and this has allowed me to restore a corrupted file the last time this happened to me.

The only safe thing to do is to never open a second instance of any file. Unfortunately, MSE doesn’t warn you if you do it accidentally. Thus, take extra care to avoid this, or a lot of your work could get lost and you might not even realize what exactly is missing.

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