Auto-Save For Authors

Ever write an article within the submission interface instead of copying and pasting from a text editor or word?…and then LOSE your article because your browser crashed or you lost Internet access or your computer shut down? Brand new feature introduced this week called AUTO-SAVE is here to save the day…

First, this feature is only available on the Beta membership site till the middle of June 2006.

The autosave timer starts by either editing or creating a draft:

On a New Article Submission: Selecting *draft save* will create a draft of the current work, start the save timer, and the draft becomes the current ‘working’ document.

Editing an existing draft: The edited draft is the working document, and the timer starts right away.

Editing an existing non draft document: Selecting draft save copies the current document to a Draft version and starts the timer. Saves are done to the draft copy created during that session.

The AUTOSAVE timer is currently defaulted to 10 minutes to limit the amount of database resources needed for this function. There is a possibility in the future for the number of minutes to become user-definable.

The next phase of this new feature will be a count-down timer that will tell you when autosave will activate.

Lastly, I need to make this very clear: We’re not responsible if you lose your new article because this new feature failed as there are no guarantees it will work perfectly for everyone. Hey, it’s something new we’re testing. Think of this feature as a loss-mitigation tool that we’re adding to help the many authors who write their article within the interface.

Personally, I think it’s much safer idea to write the article in MS Word or a text editor, SAVE IT on your local hard drive, and then upload it to your EzineArticles membership interface. :-)…but, I hope this new AutoSave function will save countless hours of work that are lost due to technology problems for those who don’t have saved/backed-up copies of their articles.

What do you think of this new AutoSave feature?

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Ed Howes writes:

New features everytime I turn around here. I prefer writing off line and was thinking it would be nice if I could paste multiple articles on my clipboard, dump them on the membership submission page, then cut and paste each one. Then I figured Windows probably would allow me to do something similar but I don’t know Windows very well. An article dump like this would save me about three minutes per article and I only submit a few at a time, so it is not an important thing for me.

Comment provided June 2, 2006 at 12:45 PM

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Pamela Beers writes:

I like to type & save everything in “word”…so I’ll just continue keep up my copy and paste skills. You guys/gals are just “new feature animals”. Wow…very impressive!

Comment provided June 2, 2006 at 2:11 PM

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Any ‘save’ function is great for me! No matter how much attention I give my article when working in my text editor, I always find something to fix or edit once it’s pasted into the ezine article interface. I have had some real heartbreakers losing stuff. The ability to save a draft has been a life saver and I am gonna love this autosave feature!

Comment provided June 2, 2006 at 3:29 PM

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Keith Renninson writes:

Chris,

This happened to me on my very first article! I had the article edited, done the “Preview with spell check,” found an additional item to change and clicked the back arrow instead of the “Modify” link at the bottom and lost all the new edits, and new segments that had come to mind while I edited.

I was bummed to say the least, but figured it was a learning process and went back to work.

I, like the others, write my complete article in MS Word, then cut and paste it in…do another final read through and edit again (don’t we all?!) find something to change and modify a couple of times before final submission.

So, I’m sure that after a few submissions we are so used to the process that the mistake only happens once. But, you are probably saving other newbies like me a lot of headache/heartache with the new feature, so here’s a thank you from them, even before they get here.

Keith……

Comment provided June 2, 2006 at 9:39 PM

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A nice feature, but I still recommend everyone create their work offline and then cut and paste here. Still, I like to modify things once I have them on EzineArticles.com so this feature will still be handy and useful.

Thanks for constantly improving the system. This site is *always* on the cutting edge of article submission/distribution technology.

Regards,
Matt Keegan
http://www.thearticlewriter.com

Comment provided June 3, 2006 at 5:14 AM

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Thanks Chris for another useful tool.

Marilyn

Comment provided June 8, 2006 at 2:36 PM

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