Issue 60853 - add autosave again (let specify auto recovery path)
Summary: add autosave again (let specify auto recovery path)
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0
Hardware: All Linux, all
: P3 Trivial with 6 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: oooqa
: 64531 (view as issue list)
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Reported: 2006-01-20 04:51 UTC by goemon
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:35 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description goemon 2006-01-20 04:51:52 UTC
Whether clicked or not, autosave does not automatically save the document.  It
does not save recovery info every X minutes.  The only time info is saved is
when I manually click "save" or the "save as."

I am a writer and hope that this issue will be seen as a serious flaw in
OpenOffice, rather than a minor usage issue.

The whole _purpose_ of an autosave feature every X minutes is to replace the
user having to manually save on his or her own.  Whether it overwrites the
original document or saves to a temporary working file doesn't matter (to an
end-user writer), but what DOES matter is knowing that, should power go off or
the program crash, a working and usable document will remain that is _no older_
than X minutes.  

Currently, I have to manually click save (regardless of whether the "autosave X
minutes" is or isn't clicked.  If the power goes out, I am stuck (on the
"restore" when I reenter Open Office) with whatever document I last _manually_
saved.  If I'm lucky, I'd saved recently.

Open Office _must_ have a way for the user to minimize accidental data loss. 
That is a vital part of a working office suite. Ideally, the feature should work
like this:

1.  User opens document.
2.  User works for 2 minutes or 3 hours, with the computer saving the new
document every X minutes to a temp "emergency restore" file.
3.  If the user manually saves, the "emergency restore" file is reset.
4.  In the event of a power failure, the user re-enters Open Office, is given a
choice of opening the original file(s) or a newer "working" copy(ies) (hopefully
time stamped, thus aiding the user in deciding which copy to choose) of whatever
documents were open at the time of unplanned exit.

As a writer and journalist who's livelyhood depends on my word processor, I urge
Open Office to please work towards providing this functionality and fix the
autosave ASAP.  If I have to interrupt my train of thought every 2 minutes to
click save, I will have to choose an alternative, more reliable word processor.
  The idea that autosaving is a two edged sword that will lead to data loss due
to overwriting is ignoring the basic fact that the user can _turn_it_off_ if he
or she doesn't want to use it.  But a reliable, easy, user-friendly autosave
feature MUST be an option for any professional writer.

I love Open Office and am writing only to help improve a great product and make
sure that a vital feature doesn't get overlooked.  I wish I were a
programmer---I'd happily provide this on my own if I could.
Comment 1 michael.ruess 2006-01-20 05:22:15 UTC
Framework issue
Comment 2 lars 2006-01-20 22:07:23 UTC
I can confirm, that there is no easy access to files saved by autorecovery and 
that there is no autosave functionality available atm.
Comment 3 thorsten.martens 2006-01-30 10:59:57 UTC
TM->requirements: Please have a look, thanks !
Comment 4 julianna 2006-04-20 11:21:33 UTC
Also see the discussion here:
Comment 5 lars 2006-04-20 11:23:17 UTC
*** Issue 64531 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 6 julianna 2006-04-23 15:38:33 UTC
Please change the OS to "ALL". Thanks.
Comment 7 integrafin 2008-03-25 11:02:47 UTC
I am supporting approximately 30 people who are not confident around computing
at all and who all rail at me to install "MS Excel instead of this freeware".
(These are their words and not mine!)

Their biggest gripe is that they do not know how to hit Ctrl-S whenever they are
not typing and so are losing anything up to a day's work when they close without
saving! (I know what you're thinking, because I'm thinking it too!)

Please return the option to "Auto-Save" every n minutes to save me from having
to purchase XL for this feature. (And then I'd have to train them in how to use
XL too!)

Many thanks.