when a user directly or indirectly stores data for future use by the user or application.

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Guidelines for when to auto-save settings vs “save” button

In our web application we have a number of pages to do with user settings, in different categories. For most of them we have a display page with an edit button/link, which takes them to a form which ...
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6answers
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Floppy disk icon for “Save” [closed]

It's funny that we still use floppy disks icon for save operation association while floppies have long been outdated, unused and many computer users nowadays don't even know how floppy disks actually ...
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1answer
583 views

When is an auto-saving form appropriate?

A trend Google has been pioneering in many Cloud applications is a sort of "autosave everywhere," especially noticable in Google documents's immediate save feature. I personally greatly prefer this ...
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1answer
107 views

Should I save changes to visible columns automatically, or require a 'save' option?

I have a page in a web app that displays a large amount of tabular data regarding certain resources. With this release, in addition to standard columns, there can be an arbitrary number of ...
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4answers
687 views

Best place for “save” button

I have a tab based interface, each tab has a form with fields, the user is supposed to make changes on each of the fields in the tabs and then click on a "save all" button to save all changes, I have ...
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6answers
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Disabled submit button on form vs allow submit then show errors?

We have a few different forms as part of a web-based medical application. These forms have quite a few fields - 10-20 depending on the form. Each has at least 5 or so required fields. We currently ...
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13answers
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Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?

With the advent of Apple moving to auto-saving in its newest release Lion, should everyone start adopting the convention of auto-saving? At first it is definitely awkward and the user can feel like ...
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5answers
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Renaming a file you are currently working in, why is this still not done?

We've all experienced this: You open a new document inside an application such as Word, Excel, Textmate, or others. You work on it for a while and save it. Then you wish you could rename it. What ...
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1answer
247 views

Is autosave appropriate for password fields?

I'm developing an application that has user based access. Each user can change some settings for their profile (localization, timezone, the password, etc). I've chosen to perform autosave (a la ...
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6answers
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Autosave UI pattern

I'm developing a web app that puts great focus on simplicity and "just-use" mentality. The basic idea is to write notes. When planning the concept, we where very positive towards the idea of ...
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7answers
512 views

Saving & restoring undo stack — good or bad?

In a sovereign desktop app with multi-level undo/redo (ie Photoshop, Word, etc), would being able to save and restore the undo history of a file with the file itself be a good thing or a bad thing? My ...
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3answers
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Save vs Save & Exit

We're desigining an application for creating personalized photo books through a Flash-based interface. When the application first opens, we display a dialog encouraging the user to give their project ...