Switch between Drupal and and your code editor! Create file backups! It's Save-to-File!
Ever wish that Drupal had a front-end code editor? Frustrated with using the space bar to indent code in textareas? Wish you could back up your node code to a hard file? Then Save-to-File might be the solution for you!
Switching between Drupal and Your Favorite Editor
- You start creating your code in a node content's textarea and realize that you'd really appreciate some syntax highlighting and automatic tag completion.
- You click "Save to file" to save the content you've already created to a file via ajax.
- You save the node and view the page.
- You open the new file up in your code editor. Now you can work with the content as a static file. Changes will be reflected in the browser because it's drawing from the file contents.
- Later on, when you're updating your site, you want to edit the content using Drupal instead of your editor. No problem! You just click a 'Load from file' link and it loads the content of the file back into the textarea via ajax (no extra page-loads). When you submit the form, it will automatically remove the old file (however, you can turn this off if you want to keep backups).
Saving File-based backups of complicated content
- You're feeling nervous about not having a hard copy of some code you've created somewhere in Drupal's configuration, or in a node. You could make a backup of the database, but you're looking for something simpler.
- You mosey over to Save-to-File's settings page, check the "Do not delete files" option and save the settings.
- Back to the page where your content is, you click on "Save to file". Now you have a hard copy of that code!
- Finally, you click on the "Load from file" link to load the content back in. Sweet.
- Slick ajax-based saving and loading of content to and from hard files
- Can be used on any textareas on a site. You can specify which pages to use the tool on. It's not just for node forms!
- Save-to-File will keep the file directory clean of unused content files, but if you want to save backups, there's an option to do just that.
Save To File module: ------------------------- Author - Chris Shattuck (www.impliedbydesign.com) License - GPL Overview: ------------------------- The Save To File module allows a user to save the content of node textbox to a file, for easier editing or for backing up complicated pages. Installation ------------------------- To install: - Download the module - Add the files to your module directory - Enable the module To use: - To save the content of a textarea to a file, click the "Save to file" link at the bottom of the textarea - To load it back into the text area, click the "Load from file" link. Tips: - When saving the text to a file, the content is replaced with a PHP function. This means that in order to display the content, the textarea needs to be able to process PHP. For a node form, this means enabling the PHP input filter. Other textareas vary in how they process content. - Save-to-File is enabled automatically for anything matching node/*. To enable it for other textareas, you will need to change the Save-to-file settings at admin/settings/savetofile. - You can save and load content on a page several times without saving the page itself.