everytime i create a new file in melody assistant it creates a .bak automatically. I know these are backup files, but is there any way to stop them from automaticaly creating bak files, and if there is no way, could you please tell me how to use the files, what purpose they are there for.
User of Harmony Assistant 9.4.5 GMSE Base Windows Vista SP1
As I understand it the .bak file is not created on "Save". It is your original file which is renamed and a new "original" file is then written. Each time a file is written, something can go wrong (the software may collapse on you, for instance) so that your file cannot be reopened. I work in the graphics industry and we work withy very large files. I have often seen this happen. The .bak file then gives you the opportunity to return to the the last file prior to your last "save" action so your work is not completely lost.
In MA an HA I have never needed this yet, but in the graphics business I would welcome such .bak files very much. Like you I eventually throw these files away, but I am still very pleased with this back up opportunity, just in case. You can switch it off, but my advice is to keep these files until you are sure you no longer need them. In my opinion these .bak files are "smart thinking".
I find that the .BAK files are not generally necessary in terms of the program's messing up, but if it's tricky to get the score to look the way I want, the more likely I am to need to revert to an earlier version at some point.
In HA you can set the program to remind you to save every so often (you can specify the interval), and you can also specify the number of backups produced.