where is this auto save feature located? i must of missed it under the preferences. also, it would be nice if when re-opening maya, it told that your worked was previously saved after crashing or ending task on it for freezing up. thanks for you reply on the matter though, i appreciate it. it's just that i've been working on a project and now i have to redo the animation portion of it thanks to not telling me at start up it could try to re-open my unsaved work. i normally save my work periodically, but i figured it wasn't going to be a problem since i was going to do a quick animation, but then i forgot to save the updates and thought i had it saved, so i tried rendering it while playing the timeslider and just completely hung/froze.
1. Yes it can auto save your work every x minutes. There is an incremental save feature.
2. Even when it crashes it tries to save your work. In Windows you can find it in the temp folder.
Auto save is in the "Files/Projects" category of the preferences.