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Draft 4 Launch Notes

There have been a few issues discovered in the initial public version of Drafts 4. I appreciate your patience with the glitches and wanted to communicate about a few of the issues effecting the largest number of people.

“Import Failed” Error Migrating Drafts

Although migration was tested with dozens of accounts and thousands of drafts, there was a reasonably common scenario with missing data in existing Drafts 3 installations that was not caught during the beta cycle and causes the import to fail with, well, an “Import Failed” error message.

Thanks to those who send sample export files. The issue has been identified and resolved for Drafts 4.0.2, which has been submitted to Apple for review and should appear in the store soon.

Be aware that the migration process will only import new drafts, and it is safe to use Drafts 4 creating new drafts and complete the migration process from Drafts 3 after this bug fix release is out.

Post to Facebook

UPDATE: Facebook has approved and posting to Facebook will work now. There is one remaining small issue. I tried really had to avoid asking anyone for Facebook permissions if they were not actively using the Facebook action. A little too hard, because Facebook errors if you try to ask for basic permissions at the same time as publishing permissions. I changed the handling of this for v4.0.2, but until that is out, edit the “Post to Facebook” action, and tap down to the “Facebook” step once. This will force the request for basic permissions. After accepting that, posting will work.

The implementation of Facebook actions in Drafts 4 does actually work – but Facebook is not currently issuing posting permissions for the app because the Drafts app has not yet been approved for posting by Facebook’s internal review team.

Facebook does not currently provide a good way to ask for this approval before the app was available in the App Store. I submitted the request for review as soon as Drafts was available, but Facebook has not approved it yet (they state it can take up to seven days). The Post to Facebook action should start working as soon as this approval comes through. I have not been able to determine a way to request the review be expedited at Facebook – if any one has any ideas, please get in touch.

Twitter action

If you give Drafts permission to post to Twitter, and have only one Twitter account configured in iOS Settings, the default Twitter action will work without additional configuration. If you have more than one Twitter account configured, Drafts can’t guess which to use. This means you will have to edit the Twitter action (swipe right in the action list, tap edit, and go into the steps > Twitter) and select which account to use. You can create additional actions with Twitter steps, as well, if you wish to be able to post to multiple accounts (Heck, you can put multiple Twitter steps in one action now for cross-posting, too!)

If you are receiving posting errors after doing this, check that your Twitter credentials at the iOS level are valid by tweeting from a system share sheet, or by logging out and back into Twitter in iOS Settings. These tokens sometimes get expired, or are not valid after a restore to a new device (like a fancy new iPhone 6) and need to be refreshed.

Action Sync & Deletion

There is a bug effecting the triggering the saving of actions after an action is deleted. If no other changes are made to actions to actions other than deletions, they are not saved properly…and also not sync’d properly.

This is also fixed for Drafts 4.0.2, but in the meantime, if you delete actions, make a trivial edit (change the name, etc.) to another draft will force the save to occur.


As stated 4.0.2 has been submitted to Apple and resolves the mentioned issues and about a dozen other smaller ones. We are catching up on support tickets, and apologize for letting these issues slip through. I very much look forward to a world where more than 100 devices can be in the iOS beta cycle. :–)

Drafts 4, the Next Generation of Drafts

Drafts 4 is now available on the App Store. Drafts 4 is an all new Universal (iPhone and iPad) app, at a limited time launch price of only $4.99 (USD). Drafts 4 requires iOS 8.

What is Drafts?

Drafts is a quick capture note taking app for iPhone and iPad. Drafts launches ready to type, making it quick and easy to capture thoughts, status updates or anything else on the go. After capture, Drafts provides a powerful array of highly customizable “actions” to send text to email, messages, events, Dropbox, Evernote, social media, other apps – making it an indispensible tool for anyone trying to be productive on iOS.

Originally launched in April, 2012, Drafts has been one of the most consistently developed and popular apps in the App Store productivity category and has garnered top awards, including Macworld’s coveted Eddy Award in 2013 and selection for the Lifehacker pack of essential iPhone and iPad apps.

More about Drafts on the product page

What is Drafts 4?

Drafts 4 is an all new, Universal (iPhone & iPad) version of Drafts, rewritten from the ground up to take advantage of all the latest Apple devices and iOS 8.

Much more than just a visual refresh, Drafts 4 takes Drafts to the next level with more powerful, multi-step actions, locations services integration, JavaScript support, Share and Today extensions, and lots more.

Drafts 4 scales from simple, fast text capture and sharing – up to a powerful toolkit for automation and text manipulation, making it an essential part of any iOS productivity toolkit.


Drafts 4 is an all new app and can co-exist with installations of previous versions of Drafts. Installing Drafts 4 will not replace your existing installation. It has a new sync system (based on iCloud’s CloudKit technology) and significant changes to the amount and type of data stored by Drafts 4 prevent it from sharing data with previous versions directly. There is a simple one-time migration path if you wish to move drafts and/or actions from the old version to the new version. This migration can be done at any time – there is no need to do it before you start using the new version.

Read the migration documentation or watch the migration screencast for details.

Action Directory

Along with Drafts 4, we are also launching an all new Drafts Action Directory. Drafts customers can share their own advanced actions and keyboard extensions created in Drafts to the directory, building an incredible repository of iOS workflow integration knowledge. The directory also has a commenting system and app directory for discussion about app integration.


Thank you for your continued support of Drafts! Please contact us with issues, feedback and questions via our help center. We appreciate your patience in-advance as we work through any issues that may come up with the initial release. It is difficult to fully test an app as open-ended as Drafts, but we are commited to improving it.

Drafts 3.6.8

Drafts and Drafts for iPad 3.6.8 are now available.

  • [New] Export Actions feature. Similar to the “Export Drafts” feature added recently, Drafts now has a way to export custom actions to several different formats. Visit Settings > Export Actions. Export formats include JSON, CSV, HTML and Markdown. In all cases, the actions are exported along with the install URL to re-install or share the actions.
  • [Fix] Markdown auto-list completion is back, thanks to an update to the TextExpander SDK. Drafts should be ready for TextExpander’s iOS 8 updates as well.

Get Drafts and Drafts for iPad on the App Store.

Drafts 3.6.6

Drafts and Drafts for iPad 3.6.6 are now available.

  • [Fix] Better handling of unexpected values in drafts export.
  • [Fix] Repaired corrupt button background asset.

Get Drafts and Drafts for iPad on the App Store.

Drafts 3.6.5

Drafts and Drafts for iPad 3.6.5 are now available.

  • [New] Bulk Drafts export feature. In Settings > Drafts Export. Allows the bulk export of drafts, filtered by inbox, archive, pinned or all, to CSV or JSON export files for periodic backup, or processing in another system. This is a bit of an experimental feature, input on formats is welcome.
  • [Fix] Improved handling of sync conflicts on current draft.

Get Drafts and Drafts for iPad on the App Store.

Phraseology 2.0.4

Phraseology 2.0.3 is now available in the App Store.

  • General performance improvements and bug fixes.
  • Added “scroll to top” (up arrow) button in upper left.
  • Fix for back/forward word keys ignoring special characters (umlats/accents, etc.).

Get Phraseology on the App Store.

Tally 1.3.3

Tally 1.3.3 is now available. Tally is also now a free app.

  • New: /increment and /decrement URL schemes now accept “retParam” parameter to provide a name for the value parameter appended to callbacks. Details in documentation.

Tally is available for free on the App Store!

Drafts 3.6.3

Drafts and Drafts for iPad 3.6.3 are now available.


  • Fix for delay displaying the “new draft” options when pressing and holding the “+” on the iPad version.
  • Fix for link text dissapearing (actually being set to black) when disabling link mode while using the dark theme.
  • Update to Facebook SDK to avoid crash in certain authentication circumstances.
  • Misc. tweaks.

Get Drafts and Drafts for iPad on the App Store.