Versioning – our first release of 2016. What a start!

You made this happen. You told us that although you felt your words were safe, you wanted more, you wanted to be able to go back and find versions you’d written before. That was the dominant request. So we built you it. And it was no mean feat. Versioning is here.

So you won’t lose your words, and you can change your mind all you like. Are you ready to see it in action? Are you?

A glimpse

You’ll see this little icon in the bottom right of your chapter. It opens a sidebar with a version of your chapter saved every minute.

Clicking “restore” on any revision will create a duplicate of this and make it the current version (whatever was there before, gets saved as your last version too…just in case!).

Try and break it please

As with all new features, we have tested it as much as we can with our tiny team of three but if you find any bugs or anything that you don’t think is working right, just drop us an email at [email protected] or tweet us @novlrtweets.

The future of versioning

We’re really proud of what we’re releasing today. However, we’re already thinking about ways to make it better :) Please use it for yourself and comment here with ways you think we could improve it.

Here are a couple of things we are going to look at:

  • When you view today’s version, scroll to the current point in the editor
  • On switching to any other version, scroll to the last edited position from that version
  • On switching to any other version, flash/fade highlight of the text changes on that version.

Add a novel button

We also added a new button to add a novel to the drop down. This was a suggestion that more than one of you sent in to us, and you were right – so we added it.


Faster editing

A big part of the versioning work required us to switch from Quill to Prosemirror. These are two editors. Prosemirror allows us to do much more – such as versioning. It’s also quicker and there are a whole heap of other potential things for the future in there too. But for the time being the main thing is that it saves faster and more robustly.

We are on Instagram

A picture paints a thousand… we all know the saying, and so we’re now on instagram and will be sharing the beautiful things that we encounter – from scenic writing spots to lovely old books.

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4 replies
  1. Kimber
    Kimber says:

    Okay, I might be being really dim here, but how do we get these new goodies? They don’t seem to be on my version of Novlr. Help?

    • Clare
      Clare says:

      Hey Kimber! If you log out and log back in again, you should see a small arrow in the bottom right hand corner that looks a bit like a clock. If you click on that the versioning sidebar should come up/. Let us know if you have any problems! :)


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