The views (and other settings) are only saved when exiting the Console, that’s correct. However, if you are using projects (Edit | Save Project), you can save all project related settings (views, view categories, autoview rules etc.) any time and switch between different configurations/projects (with the combo box in the toolbar).
What kind of crash did you see? The Console usually generates a detailed error report in this case (with a stack trace etc.) which helped us in the past to fix other issues.