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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

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.

Tally 2

Tally 2 is now available on the App Store. Tally 2 is free to use with up to two simultaneous tallies. One-time $1.99 (USD) unlock is available to enabled unlimited tallies and dark theme.

Tally

What is Tally?

Tally is a quick, eyes-free counting app for iPhone and iPad. It is a handy utility to keep up with simple counts – attendance, game scoring, dietary needs, etc. Tally has been around a while, but we have launched an all-new version which has some great new features, particularly for keeping up with multiple counters. Tally features include:

  • Easy, eyes-free gesture-based counting. With an active Tally, tap to count up, swipe down to count down.
  • Multiple tallies. Swipe right to manage list and create new tallies. The free version support two tallies, unlocked version unlimited.
  • Today widget to increment tallies from anywhere, without even unlocking your phone.
  • Configure tallies to count up or down.
  • Set step and initial values to reset to a starting point, and count by 2s, 5s, or any arbitrary increment.
  • Visual and audio confirmation of counts.
  • Great URL scheme support for integration into iOS automation workflows.
  • Dark Theme (requires IAP unlock)
  • Universal for iPhone and iPad.
  • Watch support planned for April, 2015!

The rest…

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

Get Tally 2 on the App Store.

Drafts T-Shirts

Share your love of Drafts and support development by picking up one of our limited time offer T-Shirts! This is a Teespring campaign, so it’ll only print if enough of you are interested. Available in Men’s and Women’s fit shirts. Shirts will be available for order through February 16, 2015.

If you get one, be sure to share a picture of your good looking self sporting it!

Drafts 4.1

Drafts 4.1 is now available on the App Store.

Learning?

Finding your way around Drafts? Visit the Help Center for screencasts and lots of documentation to get you going! Want to get more out of Drafts with Evernote, Twitter, OmniFocus or more? Check out our growing list of integration guides.

T-Shirts!

Like Drafts? Like T-Shirts? Support development and show your love with one of these great Drafts T-Shirts…our Teespring campaign will be up through February 16, 2015 – so don’t miss out!

The New Stuff

select and operations
  • New: “Select” mode in draft list. Enable using “Select” button at bottom left of draft list. Once enabled, tap on drafts in list to select multiple drafts and tap “Operations” button to select bulk operation, including:
    • Archive/Restore to move selected drafts.
    • Flag/Unflag to change flag status.
    • Delete to permanently delete selected drafts.
    • Merge to merge the selected drafts into one draft, in the order they were selected. Additional drafts will be archived if not already in the archive.
  • New: “Edit” mode in action list. Enables use of standard table controls to re-order and delete actions in the list.
  • New: “inbox” button in Today widget, opens Drafts directly to the inbox.
  • New: /inbox, /archive and /flagged x-callback-url methods, which can be used to open Drafts from Launch Center Pro or other bookmark directly to one of these locations. Each can also take an optional “query=” parameter to specify a text search to allow bookmarking of specific searches within your drafts list. These are handy to create shortcuts to tag searches. Here are example actions for Drafts that will use Drafts’ own URL schemes to seach the inbox or archive:
  • New: “Force Update of Drafts” function in Settings > iCloud. This marks all drafts as modified for sync and forces them to be uploaded to iCloud. This can be helpful if a past sync problem caused discrepancies which need to be reconciled.

Changes

  • Change: Built-in Markdown CSS improvements – mainly table styles.
  • Change: Switch to Mailgun for background email sending. The previous provider (SendGrid) has some issues with modifying the HTML output. If you use background email to integrate with some services, note the “from” address will now be “drafts-mail@drafts.agiletortoise.com”. This only effects Email action steps set to “Send in Background”.
  • Change: Startup performance improvements.
  • Change: Don’t hide keyboard on “scroll to top” tap on status bar.
  • Change: Draft list operations should exit select mode on completion.
  • Change: Allow intra-emphasis in Markdown processor.
  • Change: Don’t hide keyboard on “scroll to top” tap on status bar.

Fixes

  • Fix: Lots of Sync improvements across the board. Thanks for being patient while we hammer out remaining issues with iCloud sync. Most known issues have been addressed in this update.
  • Fix: iPhone version would not always scroll text behind keyboard when 3rd party keyboard (Swype, in particular) was being used.
  • Fix: “New from clipboard” and “New from selection” options when creating drafts did not enable the Arrange mode button until the text was edited.
  • Fix: Do a better job updating the badge inbox count when sync is updated on a background refresh.
  • Fix: Don’t request basic Facebook permissions if running the background.
  • Fix: Export Drafts and Actions options in settings would not allow “Open in” export to run if no email accounts are configured on the device.
  • Fix: CSV draft export could cause crash with certain data sets.
  • Fix: Onetime crash using toggle dark theme key if user was already using dark theme.
  • Fix: Don’t request basic Facebook permissions if running the background.
  • Fix: Export Drafts and Actions options in settings would not allow “Open in” export to run if no email accounts are configured on the device.
  • Fix: CSV draft export could cause crash with certain data sets.
  • Fix: Modified location of drafts captured in the share extension did not get initialized properly.

Sync notes

There are a lot of improvement to sync in this update. There remain two known issues with sync that I am continuing to try to resolve. If you are seeing these issues, please review the troubleshooting steps on the help center and begin capturing logs per those instructions. The two known issues are as follows:

  • iCloud Connectivity issues. iOS 8.1.3 has dramatically improved over the iOS 8.1 release, but there are still some people having problems with iCloud connectivity in general. There are cases where iOS tells Drafts iCloud is not available, when it really should be. This release tries a lot harder to get the right answer, because often the iOS level problem will resolve itself…but not always.
  • Inconsistencies synching archive and flag statuses. I do not believe this is and iCloud issue, but I haven’t been able to pin down any reproducible cases to nail down this issue. If you are seeing drafts that should be archived not have that sync to other devices – please look for a pattern to when it happens and get in touch.

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!

Get Drafts on the App Store.

Using Drafts With Evernote Guides

Drafts and Evernote make a great combination. Evernote is a powerful tool to organize and store notes. Drafts is a great low-friction way to capture notes.

Drafts - Evernote

I’m excited to announce two new guides to using Drafts with Evernote, written by Brett Kelly. Brett is the author of Evernote Essentials, and one of the top experts on getting the most out of Evernote. He is also an avid Drafts user and he has done a great job putting together a primer for how to configure and use Draft’s Evernote features – from basic setup to advanced dynamic custom actions.

Even if you are not an Evernote user, there’s a lot of value in these guides to help get you starting using Drafts tags and custom actions with other services as well.

  • Using Evernote with Drafts: Introduction: Learn how to connect Drafts to Evernote, use built-in Evernote actions, install actions from the Action Directory and send text directly to the Evernote iOS app.
  • Using Evernote with Drafts: Advanced: Learn to create custom Evernote actions to save notes to notebooks, assign tags, append/prepend to notes and use multi-step actions to log activities to Evernote.

We hope these guides will help you get more out of both Drafts and Evernote!

Drafts 4.0.7

Drafts 4.0.7 is now available on the App Store.

Learning?

Finding your way around Drafts? Visit the Help Center for screencasts and lots of documentation to get you going!

Changes

  • New: Toggle dark theme command key option. Allows a quick keyboard row shortcut to toggle between dark and light themes. To enable, edit keyboard and add “Command” type key, selecting the “Toggle Dark Theme” command, or you can install from the Action Directory.
  • New: Setting is now available to select the maximum number of recent drafts in Today widget, options. If zero is selected, no recent drafts will appear in the Today widget.
  • Fix: Many sync-related changes. Still working on some draft sync cases, but hope to have sync rock solid within the next few releases. If you still have sync issues, please see troubleshooting step in sync documentation and send logs and descriptions of the issues you are seeing.
  • Change: Update default actions and keyboard for new installations.
  • Change: Change some Markdown parameters to support better wrapping with spaces at the end of lines and headers without space after #.
  • Change: Only request “when in use” location permissions for the app.
  • Fix: [[selection]] tag might not return full draft when no selection was present.
  • Fix: Script action step run on empty draft should create the draft it calls “commit” and content has been added to draft.
  • Fix: Move forward by word command key would not reach end of text properly.
  • Fix: Sometimes URL actions that left the app would prevent auto-archiving from working.
  • Fix: Action list could sometimes display with cells scrolled improperly.
  • Fix: Problem selecting and copying text in HTML/Markdown Preview window.
  • Fix: Red squiggly spell checking lines no longer play peekaboo.
  • Change: Dark theme tweaks.
  • Fix: Disable autocapitalization on file name & extension fields in step editing.
  • Fix: Prevent double tap when selecting new action step type from accidentally dismissing editor.
  • Fix: Crash exporting drafts for certain data sets.

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!

Get Drafts on the App Store.

Drafts 4.0.6

Drafts 4.0.6 is now available on the App Store.

Changes

  • All the great new stuff from Drafts v4.0.5.
  • New: Today widget. Now back with the addition of recent drafts summary. Thanks to the help of some fine folks inside Apple for sorting this out.
  • New: “New from selection” option in document creation options (tap and hold “+”).
  • Fix: Hack to fix display issue in drafts list after showing a draft detail.
  • New: URL action steps now have “URL encode tag output” option. This allows for the creation of URL output directly from a line in a draft, for example.
  • Change: More improvements to background refresh and sync handling.

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

Get Drafts on the App Store.