What is an autoloader?
Autoloader is a versatile term in IT that can refer to any type of tool or resource that can be used to automatically load or process data or files.
The meaning of autoloader has changed over the years. In older systems, the autoloader was commonly known as a robotic mechanism that could automatically load physical tape reels or cartridges.
Today's autoloaders are generally digital resources and software components that can be used to load stored files into physical or virtual hardware systems. Autoloader tools can be used to load a device's operating system, perform batch activities on files and folders, or otherwise assist in performing complex IT tasks. One of the most popular uses for an autoloader is in graphic design. For example, Adobe Photoshop includes a tool called 'Autoloader' that can be used to open batches of files for editing in a way that optimizes memory and increases efficiency.