Auto Save

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Feb 27 09:36:38 CST 2008


Dale Pond wrote:
> Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and detailed discussion on  
> the Auto Save feature.
> I did implement it (save this stack) into my stack indexing scripts  
> and it works perfectly. The stack is now auto saved after indexing  
> all the cards in the stack which is done after I add a new card(s).

Glad that worked out.

> Reckon I feel a bit sheepish after that simple script command -  
> probably still have my head up HC's ...

No need to feel sheepish.  When I first started using Rev in '97 (back 
when the engine was called "MetaCard") I was convinced it was wrong 
wrong wrong on so many counts.  In my book, if it didn't work like 
SuperCard it was just stupid. :)

Thankfully the good folks on the list helped me understand the "why" 
behind the differences, and with their patient assistance I came to not 
only understand how to use Rev well, but also to appreciate that in many 
ways it's a more flexible tool.

Perhaps the only thing harder than learning is unlearning.  With the 
varied experience of the folks on this list, this is a valuable resource 
for both processes.

> PS: Filemaker also auto saves...

Yes, most apps that page portions of the file from disk have no choice, 
and so they can't offer that choice to the developer.  There are many 
more, including SuperCard.

For apps like iTunes auto-save is a good fit, and as you've seen you can 
have that behavior with minimal effort.

But if you're making something like TextEdit you'll want traditional 
document behaviors, and with Rev you can have those too.

I know it sounds awfully trite, but in my experience it's true: with Rev 
you can pretty much have it all.

Like Rule #1 in Apple Human Interface Guidelines: the user is in control.

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  Richard Gaskin
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