Drafts 4.3.1 - Handoff Support

    Drafts 4.3.1 is now available on the App Store.

    • New: Handoff support. Works to pass current selected draft between devices, including iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch. For those brave souls who are running iOS 9, this also works great with the new Siri “Remind me about this” feature to get reminders that link directly to a draft.
    • Change: Misc. VoiceOver improvements.
    • Change: Improvements to Facebook integration code to reduce chances of failed postings.
    • New: Prompt action step title, message and button fields can now contain drafts tags for dynamically creating values.
    • New: Some additional action icons choices.
    • Other misc. fixes and improvements.

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    Drafts 4.3 - Saved Filters, Append from Share, More

    Drafts 4.3 is now available on the App Store.

    Saved Filters

    Saved Filters

    The Inbox/Archive/Flagged tabs at the top of the drafts list can now be customized and additional saved filter tabs added to the list. Saved filters can be configured to show drafts from the inbox or archive, include or exclude flagged drafts, apply a sort order and have a text query string. You can add filters for common searches to have additional views of your drafts, or customize the existing ones - for example to exclude flagged drafts from the inbox list. For additional information on configuring saved filters, visit the help center.

    “Select All” and “Run Action” operation for multiple drafts

    When using the “Select” and “Operations” options below the drafts list, there is now a “Select All” option to quickly select all drafts in the current tab, and a “Run Action” operation to apply an action to multiple drafts. “Select All” is particularly useful to quickly archive all drafts in the inbox, for example. The “Run Action” operation lets you quickly select multiple drafts and run an action on them. When selecting this operation, the action list will be shown to select the action to run. Some actions (such as ones that leave Drafts) are not supported for multiple selections and will be grayed out in the list.

    Share extension can now Append/Prepend

    Share extension

    The Drafts Share extension (used from the Share sheet in other apps) now supports appending and prepending to inbox drafts as well as capture of new drafts. To use these options in the share sheet, tap the “Append” or “Prepend” buttons at the bottom of the window and select the draft to add the text to.

    Other Changes

    • New: Sort by Text option in the draft list.
    • Change: Update TextExpander SDK 3.5, to work with the latest and greatest from the good folks at Smile Software, including Javascript snippets.
    • Fix: If newer version of currently edited draft comes in from sync, the “Discard” option might fail.
    • Fix: Flashing issue reseting draft list scroll view.
    • Fix: Possible crash saving command key.
    • New: Added “Email support” and “Mailing List” options in settings.
    • Fix: Layout issue in keyboard shortcut assignments.
    • Fix: When changing action groups directly via the new “groups” button, only the first change would take effect.
    • Change: /inbox, /archive, /flagged URLs deprecated
    • New: /drafts?filter=Name&query= URL to navigate directly to a filter in the drafts list.

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    Drafts 4.2.1 – Run Action Key, Keyboard Shortcuts

    Drafts 4.2.1 is now available on the App Store.

    The Big Stuff

    • New: “Run Action” keyboard key type. You can now create keys on the enhanced keyboard row which fire actions from the action list. Run Action keys are added the same way as any other keys, and are configured with the name of an action to run.
    • New: Extended keyboard keys can now be marked as hidden and will not be shown in the keyboard row (Why? See next new item).
    • New: Extended keyboard keys can now have keyboard shortcuts for use with external Bluetooth keyboards. These can be any combination of Shift-Control-Option-Command and a key and will trigger the key’s function. Keys that are marked hidden can still have their keyboard shortcut available.

    The Using the Extended Keyboard screencast has been updated to cover Run Action keys and keyboard shortcuts and is a worthwhile introduction to editing the keyboard in general:

    Other Changes

    • Change: Significant VoiceOver improvements for working with drafts and action lists on the iPhone and iPad, and also for the Apple Watch app. These now rely on custom actions, not funky adjustable traits. Feedback is welcome.
    • New: New “Groups” button to more easily edit group assignments for actions. Appears next to “duplicate” button if you swipe to right on action in list. Jumps directly to group assignments without the need for tapping through the edit screens.
    • New: “draft.processTemplate(template)” function in script action steps. This allows you to evaluate a drafts template (including all tags, fenced TextExpander snippets, etc.) just as it would be in a normal action step. Example: draft.processTemplate(“[[date]] - [[title]]”);
    • Change: Improved action step descriptions in an actions list of steps for many types of steps. So, in the list of action steps when editing an action, a Dropbox step will now say “append, Path: /, File: test.txt”, as an example.
    • Fix: Some actions which used popovers (like Share on iPad) called from external URL could be unreliable.
    • Change: Remove emoji option from Watch app capture to get directly to dictation.
    • Change: Adjust size of iPad popover for selecting action step types when adding to an action.
    • Fix: In “Social” syntax highlighting incorrect underlines could appear.
    • Change: Remove “Inbox zero” message from Today widget, just compact the widget height if it’s empty.
    • Change: Flip directions of tab swipes at bottom of drafts/actions lists.
    • Fix: Set accessed time when importing drafts captured from Share extension.
    • Fix: Possible crash generating inbox summary with certain data sets.
    • Change: Improve background handling for Watch app.

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    Drafts 4.2 – Apple Watch ready

    Drafts 4.2 is now available on the App Store.

    Apple Watch App

    The big new addition to Drafts in this update is an Apple Watch app. Drafts has always been about quickly capturing text. If the Apple Watch allows that without taking your phone out of your pocket, it was natural that Drafts be there. The features of the initial version of Drafts for Apple Watch are:

    • Quickly capture new drafts with dictation.
    • Browse and view drafts in your inbox. This is great for reference quick notes, like a grocery list.
    • Archive/Delete drafts from the inbox.
    • Prepend/Append text to inbox drafts with dictation.

    Here’s a quick preview of the app in action. Dictation cannot be performed on the Apple Watch simulator, so you’ll have to take our word for it that it works nicely.

    We will, of course, be testing this more once we have Watches and looking for feedback on improvements.

    Other Stuff

    • New: Swipe gestures in bottom/top areas of actions and drafts pane to switch tabs within the panes. This is a convenience feature, but it particularly handy to move between action groups, or the inbox/archive, without having to reach to the top of the screen on larger phones.
    • Change: Remove “All” option for “Expand TextExpander snippets in actions” setting. This setting has long been a support issue because it was not well understood and could cause unexpected expansions of snippets in actions templates if shortcuts in the TextExpander library were not well delimited. The fenced option remains, and can still be used to intentionally include TextExpander shortcuts to be evaluated at the time an action is run by wrapping the shortcuts in «» delimiters. This setting has no effect on “as you type” TextExpander support.
    • Fix: Typo in groups selection dialog on action import.
    • Fix: Update “from” address help text in email step configuration.
    • Fix: Exit link mode if a new drafts is selected.
    • Fix: Rework some syntax highlighting code to avoid disabling post-dictation correction suggestions.
    • Fix: Possible crash importing an action with an invalid tintColor parameter.
    • Fix: If action groups were edited while editing an individual action, the tabs would not refresh until actions were hidden.

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    Tally 2.1 - Apple Watch ready

    Tally 2.1 is now available on the App Store.

    Apple Watch App

    The primary addition to this update is a new Apple Watch app. Tally is about making it easy to quickly count, so it made sense to be on the Watch. Features include:

    • Increment/Decrement tallies
    • Create new tallies (Force touch on tally list)
    • Reset tallies.

    All of it in immediate sync with the iPhone version. Here’s a preview of Tally for Apple Watch in action:

    Other Stuff

    • Change: Last updated timestamp is not displayed in tally counting view.

    Review and ratings are always appreciated! Feedback and issues to info@agiletortoise.com.

    Happy 3rd Birthday, Drafts!

    Drafts 1.0 was released on April 7, 2012. It has come a long way since then. If you want to take a stroll down memory lane, the MacStories review of Drafts 1.0 is a fun throw back.

    If you haven’t tried Drafts 4, or want to help spread the word about Drafts to friends and family, now is a great time! Want to learn more? Visit the product page, or start getting more out of Drafts with our growing list of integration guides and screencasts!

    In the last three years, Drafts has grown up. It’s been one the most consistently updated apps on the store, and though it is far more powerful and flexible than it was at 1.0, the core simple quick-capture focus remains. We not stopping. Lot of great new stuff coming this year, including Apple Watch support.

    Thanks to all the great customers who have supported Drafts!

    Drafts 4.1.2 - Workflow Integration

    Drafts 4.1.2 is now available on the App Store.

    Workflow Integration

    Drafts 4.1.2 has added a new “Run Workflow” action step to provide integration with Workflow app from Desk Connect. This step makes it easy to fire an workflow in Workflow app with a single tap. The action step can be configured with the name of a workflow, has a template to construct the text sent to the workflow and optional flag for whether to return to Drafts after execution. Under the hood, Drafts is constructing x-callback-url URLs to trigger the workflow, but this makes it much easier for the novice user than constructing them yourself in Open URL action steps.

    As an added bonus, the latest update of Workflow has added an option, when viewing settings on a workflow, to “Add to Drafts”, which will open Drafts and automatically create an action, setup with a “Run Workflow” action step, ready to go. This feature will be rolling out over the course of the next couple of days, so if you do not see it immediately in Workflow, try again later. For more details, read the Run Workflow action step documentation.

    Other Stuff

    • New: When importing an action, ask to assign it to an action group, up to the first six action groups defined.
    • Fix: Fix ordering of command options in command key configuration.
    • Fix: Pinch zoom on HTML Preview could show through to view behind.
    • Fix: Modifications to background sync to squash a relatively harmless but annoying crash log and make background refresh more reliable.
    • Change: Add more UTIs to document type registry to try to make iOS more likely to show Drafts in “Open in” dialogs.
    • Misc. minor fixes and tweaks.

    Review and ratings are always appreciated! Feedback and issues to info@agiletortoise.com. To keep up with tips and news, follow @draftsapp on Twitter and Facebook. We always appreciate you taking the time to review or rate Drafts on the App Store!

    Drafts Watch Preview

    UPDATE: Drafts 4.2 with Apple Watch support has been submitted to Apple, and will include great features for capture with dictation, browsing your inbox and more!

    Drafts on Apple Watch

    Drafts has always been about quickly capturing text. Get those ideas, notes, whatever, out of your head and into your inbox before you forget them. The Watch presents an opportunity to extend that capture capability to your wrist, and we’re excited to preview what we’re working on.

    It’s too early to tell what other functions make sense for Drafts on the Watch, but Drafts will be there early with a quick capture app with the following features:

    • See inbox status.
    • Browse recent inbox drafts. Great for referencing a quick grocery list or the like.
    • Capture text by dictation.

    This preview video may not reflect the final shipping version, but we wanted to give you an idea of what’s coming! The Watch app for Drafts will be a free update for Drafts 4 customers.

    P.S.: Tally our quick counting app will be ready for Watch, too! See the Tally Apple Watch Preview.

    Drafts 4.1.1

    Drafts 4.1.1 is now available on the App Store. This probably should have been 4.2…lots of good new bits.

    New

    • New: Path action step. New action step type to post to the Path social network. Read help center documenation or install sample Path actions from the directory:
    • New: Prompt action step to create a dialog with buttons and optional text input. Prompt step allows configuration of title, message, buttons and optional text input. Values get injected as template tags, which can be used in steps later in the action, or in scripts. Prompt steps can be used to prompt for user confirmation, to get input such as a filename to export to, etc. A couple of example actions are available in the directory:
    • New: Multiple Markdown processor options. The previous Markdown processor (Hoedown) has been removed and replaced with three Markdown processor options, which are selectable Settings. See help site for details on the differences. These Markdown processors are the same as used in Marked on the Mac for compatibility.
      • MultiMarkdown: The default, uses the standard MultiMarkdown library from Fletcher Penney.
      • Discount: Basic standard unflavored Markdown.
      • Github Flavored: Uses Discount + Github Flavored extensions.
    • New: /markdown URL scheme to convert text to Markdown using any of Drafts’ Markdown processors. This can be used to pass text through Drafts’ Markdown processors in Workflows. See URL documentation and details.
    • New: Support for Markdown ordered list (1. 2. etc.) completion.
    • New: Support for syntax highlighting Markdown reference links.
    • New: “cancelAction()” javascript method cancels execution via script without throwing an error message like “stopAction()” does.
    • New: encodeHTMLEntities(text), decodeHTMLEntities(text) script methods (keys and action steps) which, well, encode and decode HTML entities in a string (e.g. “&” becomes “&”)
    • New: draft.getTag(tagName) method in action script steps to access tag values previous defined (e.g. by a prompt step).
    • New: Hide keyboard button when extended keyboard is disabled.

    Changes

    • Change: Improve action delete alert.

    Fixes

    • Fix: VoiceOver support for new multi-select features in draft list and edit mode in action list.
    • Fix: “Create new draft after” setting of “Never” could fail to bring up last draft if it was newly created.
    • Fix: Reduce sync batch sizes to avoid creating too large a batch.
    • Fix: Squashed a timing issue in sync that typically appeared as a draft archiving/deletion not syncing to another device.
    • Fix: Drafts and actions list sidebars could flash as full-screen momentarily when hiding full screen view (like a Markdown preview, or detail).
    • Fix: When action list is in edit mode, tap should not fire action.
    • Fix: Crash with invalid query strings on incoming URL.

    The rest…

    Review and ratings are always appreciated! Feedback and issues to info@agiletortoise.com. To keep up with tips and news, follow @draftsapp on Twitter and Facebook. We always appreciate you taking the time to review or rate Drafts on the App Store!

    Tally 2.0.1

    Tally 2.0.1 is now available on the App Store. Just a couple of quick changes:

    • [Fix] Do not allow step values less than 1.
    • [New] /reset?title= URL. Resets a tally to it’s reset value.

    Review and ratings are always appreciated! Feedback and issues to info@agiletortoise.com.

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