Writing offline

Novlr is an online writing tool, but we don’t limit ourselves here. We know that our writers like to take their laptops to cabins in the woods, or on long train rides with no connection. We know our writers sometimes like to cut themselves off from the outside world. To do that they sometimes go offline.

So we made Novlr work offline.

Almost everything works exactly the same. Statistics don’t work, but that’s because they need to communicate with our server, but that’s it. Your words are saved in to your browser, so you can close your computer, change tabs, close browser, go for a hike, and come back and they’ll still be there. Then when you go back online, they load back up from the browser and when connected, save into Novlr proper.

You’ll know you’re in offline mode as you’ll get a little message as you lose connection and an offline symbol will stay in the header bar whilst in offline mode.

Read the release blog

Status

This feature is now Live!

14 replies
  1. Diane Cooke says:

    Trying to figure out how to use your program offline. I do not see an icon for it anywhere, and is it in side a program somewheres I am not aware of? So many questions about this new writing tool. I have a lot of hope that you will continue to improve and make this the ultimate and easiest writing tool ever.

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    • Clare says:

      Hi Diane, you can use Novlr offline in your browser. Next time you are online, it will ask you to update to the current version. Hope that helps!

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  2. Kimber says:

    I think what Diane Cooke may have been asking – and what I am asking now – is can we have, or is there currently, an actual button/link/control to take ourselves offline? As opposed to Novlr responding if our internet connection shuts down – for whatever reason – and effectively takes us offline.

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    • Clare says:

      Ah, sorry Diane and Kimber, my fault. There is no option in Novlr to do that. The only way would be to switch off your wifi completely. Novlr has been designed to work online and offline so whatever status your wifi is, novlr will work and save your words. However, it’s an interesting point about actually having an option to turn it off in Novlr. It’s something that could be looked into. Thanks Kimber!

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      • Jenna says:

        This is something I would love as well. I could really do with the extra speed if I want to type out ideas while listening to a podcasts etc…. It’s runs pretty well if I have other programs closed, but the saving/sending information makes a huge spike and it gets super slow if I try to have a video open at the same time.

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  3. MG says:

    Not sure if this should go here or on the Export v2 thread but, I would love it if when you were working offline you could export out of novlr a local backup. I know it saves the offline version in the browser somehow but I’m a little paranoid that if I clear my temporary internet files or cookies or saved webpage data, etc, before reconnecting and syncing to the cloud that I’m somehow going to lose that offline save before it gets synced. Not as worried on my computer as when I use the browser on my tablet because i’m not sure what saves for web browser data. I know it does it differently than my computer does (and android’s system folders are a lot hard to get into and navigate – I need to learn how the under-structure of android works) and when my tablet behaves funny and I need to clear running programs or clear browser data or reboot to get it working right again I’m hesitant to touch anything if my words are only offline saved cause i don’t want the tablet losing them. I’d feel better if I could export them to a nice little file I can see and store away from any system stuff just in case, even if it is only a txt file.

    This is mainly because sometimes the tablet (and sometimes my computer) gets into a state where it refuses to load any webpages or connect to any services even though it’s connected to the internet fine and the only way I can find to fix it is to reboot or clear all cookies, etc. Often when it does it some things will load but others won’t at all (so facebook chat or spotify will run fine but no webpages will load, or netflix will stream but novlr cannot seem to get out of offline mode and every time I try to update my nano word count I can load the page to input the numbers but when I try and submit the server can’t be found… etc. Just for random examples cause yes that happened the other night.) So I’d hate to lose my words because my web browser was being a problem even though my internet was actually connected.

    Being able to export a local backup when in offline mode would mean too that if this happened and novlr is stuck offline on me but I could get it online fine in a different browser then I could basically move that offline save over to where it can connect ok. Or if my tablet was refusing to connect to the internet at all and thus the offline save can’t sync but my computer is connecting fine, then I could manually move those words over to the computer and reimport them where novlr is able to connect and sync. (Without having to select it all and copy and paste into another program where I can save, which would be my only other solution and would work but would be a bit of a pain.)

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    • Clare says:

      Thanks again MG. We are looking into Versioning at the moment which will allow you to scroll back through previous saves and restore older versions. We are currently saving your work in a way which will allow us with this feature in the future. It will mean that you are able to bring up previous editions of your Novel and all your work will be in one place that you can access. It will also mean that you have another safety net for your words.

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  4. Meagan says:

    I just have a quick question about the offline function. I didn’t get to play much with my free trial due to work so I’m not sure if I understand the mode completely or not. I’m in the military and, while I have access to the internet via the work computers, it’s a lot easier for me to use my personal laptop for writing. Due to security reasons, there is no sort of wifi onboard my ship or any ability to connect my personal computer to the internet while we are underway doing navy things. My understanding is that you have to access Novlr online and it will continue to work if the connection is disturbed rather than being able to simply be offline from the getgo? Is this correct?

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    • Clare says:

      Hi Meagan, Thanks for your comment. You can access the app on your browser even if you are offline. You just need to type in https://app.novlr.org even if you have no wifi. Novlr will say it is in offline mode and your words will be saved locally. The next time you have access to wifi, your words will sync up to our servers and save to them. Hope this answers your question. Clare 🙂 p.s – I have added a further two week trial onto your account so you have a bit more time to decide and have a play around with Novlr 🙂

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