Interact 1.0.2

    Interact

    Interact 1.0.2 is now available on the App Store.

    This update focused on resolving issues managing groups with Google-backed contact accounts. These issues most commonly presented themselves with newly created groups, where the group name would go blank and become invalid until Interact’s indexes updated. I believe these issues have been successfully worked around in this update and should not appear again.

    Now, full details…

    Additions

    • New: Enabled Scratchpad identification of company names. Mostly limited to clear cut lines that end in an corporate identifier like “LLP”, “Inc.”, etc. Should handle most company names in a simple address format.
    • New: “…” operations on groups in group list now had “Select Members” operation to add all group member to active context without selecting group.
    • New: (i) detail button in contact actions screen to go directly to contact detail.
    • New: Ability to set recipient types in selected contact list in context. Used only in email. When viewing the selected contacts popover, tap the “To” to cycle between “To”, “CC” and “BCC” recipient types.

    Changes & Fixes

    • Fix: Numerous improvements to keep data fresher in Interact and avoid certain peculiar issues with Google-backed contact accounts (such as blank group names).
    • Change: Numerous improvements to contact search.
    • Change: Labeling improvements in group edit view.
    • Fix: Issue which could case Interact to seem to stall on certain operations, leaving the interface responsive, but not finish any searches/updating.
    • Fix: “Add Contacts to Group” button should not be active when viewing an “All-…” group.
    • Fix: Do not repeat company name if it is being used as the primary name in list.

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    Interact 1.0.1

    Interact

    Interact 1.0.1 is now available on the App Store. This is a bug fix update. More fixes and updates are on the way! If you do not see a fix here, check known issues, also.

    If you have seen an issue with group names going blank after creation, be aware that 1.0.2 is going into testing and will address this issue. The issue is primarily a problem for people with a Google-hosted default contact account.

    • Change: Scratchpad tag helpers now insert tag at beginning of current line if no text is selected.
    • New: phoneticFirst and phoneticLast scratchpad tags.
    • Change: Change labelling on empty text in context.
    • Change: Focus group name for editing when new/edit group view shown.
    • Fix: Orientation changes were not animating properly.
    • Fix: Improve localization of sort order for contacts and groups.
    • Fix: Positioning of Share operation popup on iPad.
    • Fix: Enabling of certain operations not working properly for Google accounts.
    • Fix: Search not immediately updated as you type in Share extension.
    • Fix: Tweaks to first launch screen.
    • Fix: Contact search did not include search of company name field.
    • Fix: Occasional crash selecting contacts for group.
    • Fix: VoiceOver fixes for startup screen.
    • Fix: Long company name could cause “…” screen to overflow.

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    Interact: Do more with contacts!

    We’re proud to announce that Interact, our new contacts app is now available on the App Store.

    Ready to check out Interact? Follow one of these links:

    Want to learn more about why I made Interact? Stay here and finish reading this post.

    Interact

    Contacts are great. Having contact records for the people we interact with regularly makes life easier. Creating and maintaining a list of contacts, however, is not fun – in fact it’s a bit of a drag. It’s especially a drag on iOS. As a result of this, most of us never maintain that list at all. We throw new contacts in from time to time - usually with incomplete information, or don’t bother to create them at all and dig through mail and message histories to try to find the right number or email address.

    At WWDC in the Summer of 2015, Apple announced a new Contacts framework to work with data in the Contacts accounts on iOS (and OS X) and I started thinking about ways I could remove some of the hurdles that come between people and their contacts on iOS. Interact is the result, and I’m very happy to get it out there in the world.

    My primary goals building Interact were:

    1. Support the creation and management of contact groups on iOS. A feature currently missing from the built-in Contacts app and that has always been a personal frustration for me. I like to make contact groups for potential destinations when I travel, restaurants I regularly order take out from, and many other clusters of related records. The inability to manage these on the go made the fact the groups existed somewhat useless.
    2. Make it easier to create complete contact records. From an email address jotted down in Drafts to an email signature with addresses and phone numbers, I found it painful to get that information into a contact with all the correct information.
    3. Improve communication making it easier to select recipients and share with my contacts.
    4. Do all this without compromising the integrity and privacy of your Contact data. Other contacts solutions I’ve seen in the past require you to upload your contact data to yet another service or allow that service access to your accounts. Or worse, the apps clutter your contact records with data and values you didn’t want added to your Contact records and can’t get rid of easily.

    I believe Interact 1.0 delivers on all these goals, plus a few other conveniences.

    The group management features unlock the nascent power of groups. The Contact Scratchpad takes chunks of text from anywhere and turns it into useful contact information, simplifying the creation of complete contact records. The share extension and context features make it quicker and easier to message and email multiple recipients – especially when working with multiple attachments from different sources.

    I hope you’ll give Interact a try and let us know what else you’d like to see in updates in the future! It is a 1.0 product, with lots of room for improvement.

    Terminology 3.3.2

    Terminology

    Terminology 3.3.2 is now available on the App Store.

    • New: Spotlight indexing of all words in built-in dictionary.
    • New: Built for iOS 9.2, so Safari View Controller can be dismissed by edge swipe.
    • Change: Improvements to padding on larger screens.
    • Fix: Add iPad Pro icon size.

    Terminology for OS X Dictionary

    For those who missed it, we recently released a free version of Terminology for the OS X Dictionary app.

    Keeping up with Terminology

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    Drafts 4.5.7

    Drafts 4.5.7 is now available on the App Store. This is a bug fix update.

    • Fix: Reworking keyboard handling code to fix external keyboard cursor position issue.
    • Fix: Possible issue preventing clipboard action from immediately updating clipboard.
    • Fix: Clean up for a couple of rare crashes.
    • Change: Built against 9.2 SDK.

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    Drafts 4.5.6

    Drafts 4.5.6 is now available on the App Store. This is a bug fix update.

    • Change: Visual update to search fields in draft and action lists.
    • Fix: Fix for loss of cursor position when app was sent to background.
    • Change: Default keyboard shortcuts for Markdown bold/ital keys in default keyboard. The CMD-B and CMD-I combinations are now reserved by iOS. This change only effects the default set, existing keys will need to be edited if you wish to reassign external keyboard shortcuts.
    • Fix: Possible crash when loading data captured from Apple Watch.

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    Interact, a new app coming soon!

    Interact icon

    We’ve been working on something new! We’re not quite ready to share all the details, but if you are interested - visit the Interact app page to learn how to keep informed as we get closer to launch.

    Drafts 4.5.5: Watch Glance + Complication, new Keys

    Apple Watch Glance and Complication

    Drafts 4.5.5 is now available on the App Store. This update contains all the great new iOS 9 update features, and…

    • New: Apple Watch Complications! Keep up with your inbox from your watch face. Complications are available for all small size complications and display the current inbox count. Tapping on the complication launches Drafts directly to dictation capture for a new draft.
    • New: Apple Watch Glance with quick access to inbox information. Tapping on the complication launches Drafts directly to dictation capture for a new draft.
    • New: Keyboard command key types for toggling the visibility of the drafts and/or actions list and creating a new draft. Great for use in combination with external keyboard shortcuts. These can be created yourself, or install these from the directory after updating:
      • New Draft: Creates new draft. Bound to external keyboard shortcut CMD-N.
      • Draft list: Toggles display of drafts list. Bound to external keyboard shortcut Shift-CMD-D.
      • Action list: Toggles display of actions list. Bound to external keyboard shortcut Shift-CMD-A.
    • Fix: Current cursor position could be lost if Drafts was sent to background.
    • Fix: Backup settings would not properly report error if Dropbox was not linked.
    • Change: Restore Google+ posting, which was temporarily disabled while working around upload issues.

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    Drafts 4.5.4: 3D Touch Quick Actions + Keyboard Overlay

    3D Touch actions

    Drafts 4.5.4 is now available on the App Store. This update contains all the great new iOS 9 update features, and…

    • New: 3D Touch quick actions for creating drafts and navigating to inbox. If you have an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, try the 3D Touch press on the app icon. Initial actions available are:
      • New draft: Create new draft. Depending on how you use Drafts, this can be very handy. If you have the “Create new draft when returning after” setting set to “Never” or a longer timeout, this still forces a new draft.
      • New from clipboard: Creates new draft based on the contents of the iOS clipboard.
      • Inbox: Opens the app directly to the inbox.
    • New: Support for external keyboard shortcut key overlay. Hold down command key on external keyboard to get overlay displaying shortcut keys configured. If you use an external keyboard and have not configured custom keyboard shortcuts, take a look at this screencast to get started.
    • Fix: An action with a script that changed the draft content, and a URL step after, could result in changes not being saved.

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    Drafts 4.5.3: watchOS 2.0 + Bug Fixes

    Drafts 4.5.3 is now available on the App Store. This update contains all the great new iOS 9 update features, and…

    watchOS 2.0 app

    With the release of watchOS 2.0, Drafts introduces a new, native Apple Watch. Native performance is great, the app can work disconnected from an iPhone. watchOS 2.0 no longer goes to sleep while dictating in third party apps, which was a really annoying hinderance to using Drafts watch app for capture.

    The feature set of the new Watch app is similar to the previous version, allow capture of new drafts, browsing the inbox and appending/prepending/archiving/deleting inbox drafts. I built a Glance for the app which provided quick access to capture, but the Glance was rejected by Apple as an inappropriate use. Some may remember I had some similar issues with Drafts’ Today widget last year, and, frankly, I don’t have the energy to argue with Apple about this at the moment so I have removed the Glance. I will revisit adding a Glance, and possibly a Complication, to the Watch app later this Fall.

    When using the new Watch app, changes that have not been completely applied on the iPhone will appear in orange. These updates usually happen very quickly if the iPhone is connected to the Watch, but can sometimes take a bit.

    Also, first time the Watch app is launched after install it may not have current data. This is a known issue and will be fixed in an update soon. Just launch Drafts on the iPhone at least once after installing the Watch app and it will catchup.

    Watch app

    Other Changes

    • Fix: Sync could be very slow, or seem to stall, in certain cases.
    • Fix: Share extension capture could result in duplicate draft.
    • Fix: Setting the iPad Shortcut Bar setting on a custom key to “None” would not be properly saved.
    • Fix: If “System” font was selected in appearance settings, a checkmark was not displayed indicating the selection.
    • Fix: x-callback-url callback URLs might not fire properly.
    • Change: Softened look of dark theme slightly.
    • Change: Email and message action steps display should not display full screen on iPad.

    About Google+ Support

    Google can be a bit slow updating their iOS SDKs. I had an issue getting Drafts through Apple’s system with the old version of the Google+ SDK and disabled Google+ action steps to prevent holding up the app for iOS 9. If you are a Google+ user who posts from Drafts, be aware that the Google+ app has a Share extension and can be used with Drafts’ Share action. I will revisit enabling the Google+ action step soon. If you use Google+ and would like to see the action step return, please get in touch. I’m interested in hearing how much need there is for this step.

    Keep Up with Drafts!

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