Drafts Documentation and FAQ
- Draft management
- Action management
- Reminders integration
- “Link” mode
- Drafts Sync
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Why are Drafts and Drafts for iPad separate apps?
We understand that many people have both iPads and iPhones and like the simplicity of Universal apps running natively on both devices. There are also many who do not own both types of devices, and by selling two different versions, it allows us to provide a reasonable price for those that do not wish to use the app on both. With our sync platform, Drafts and Drafts for iPad work seamlessly together.
How does Drafts integrate with Terminology?
Drafts integrate with our dictionary app Terminology allowing you to lookup words and phrases, and also select replacement words. If Terminology is installed on your device, when text is selected in a draft, there will be two additional buttons available in the popup menu (along with the normal cut/copy/paste, etc.). These will be labelled “Te:Lookup” and “Te:Replace”. Selecting “Te:Lookup” will open Terminology directly to a lookup of the selected text. “Te:Replace” will also lookup the text in Terminology, but you will be provided the option to send back a replacement word after you have browsed for synonyms, less and more specific words. If you send a replacement word, it will be replace your text selection inline without requiring copy/paste.
What does the “> New” option do?
When text is selected in a draft, a “> New” button appears along with Cut/Copy/Paste and other standard iOS controls. Tap this button and a new draft will be created, selected and pre-filled with just the selected text from the prior draft. The old draft will remain intact. This is a great way to quickly split part of a draft out to share or edit.
What does the “Create new draft when returning to app after…” setting do?
By design, Drafts tries to always be ready to type in a new draft when you launch the app. This is a great convenience for quick capture, but there are cases where it’s not the behavior you would like – such as if you quickly flip to another app to copy and paste some text, etc.
To allow for this type of quick return, by default Drafts will create a new draft when you launch the app only if you have been out of Drafts for more than 60 seconds. This setting allows you to control, or completely disable, the timeout before the automatic generation of new drafts occurs.
If you set this to “Never”, you will always be returned ready to edit the last draft you were working on and will have to manually tap the + button to get a new draft.
How to I setup Twitter accounts?
Drafts uses iOS’s Twitter account settings. To setup Twitter accounts, go to the Settings app > Twitter. New accounts added will appear as options in Drafts the next time it is launched.
I have Twitter accounts setup, where are they?
The first time you launch Drafts the system asks you to allow access to Twitter accounts. If you said “Do not allow”, than Drafts is not able to access the Twitter accounts you have setup in the system. To change this permission, launch the Settings app, go to Twitter, then scroll down to the list of apps and make sure Drafts is toggled to the “On” position. Also, Drafts has a setting to disable the import of Twitter accounts, so look in the “Settings” area inside Drafts and make sure “Import iOS Twitter Accounts?” is on.