This update brings a number of new features and bug fixes to Drafts, including several available only on iOS 6. Before listing the new features, I would like to draw attention to one particular bug fix.
An issue was identified in the initial release of Drafts’ Simperium sync that caused data loss for some users when drafts created offline were synced after returning to a network. This was frustrating to me, to the Simperium team and especially to the users effected. The Simperium team worked closely with me to fix this issue and I am confident that it is fully resolved in this release. I sincerely apologize to those effected.
Now, on to the fun stuff…
- iPhone 5 and new iPod: Support for the new large screen. This was implemented without access to a real device, so there may be a few layout glitches – if so, they will be resolved in an update soon.
- “Share” action. iOS 6 only: iOS 6 introduces a new sharing system that hooks into system accounts for sharing. Many of the options in this panel duplicate existing actions, such as Twitter and Facebook – but also adds things like Sina Weibo, and might be a good choice for those who don’t use these actions as often and want to save space on the action list with a combined entry.
- “Reminder” action. iOS 6 only: iOS 6 added a way to programmatically create reminders in the Reminders app. This action does just that. At the moment it creates a list entry in the default list. I am still researching the best way to add more flexibility to this action (such as attaching alerts, selecting lists, etc.).
- Added “Avenir Next” to font selections. iOS 6 only: It looks good, too.
- ”> New” item in selected text menu. Select a section of text in a draft, tap “> New” in the text menu and a new draft is created with just the selected content. Great for breaking up longer texts for editing and sharing.
- “Use First Line as Title” preference on actions. This is still a bit experimental and not supported by all actions. If enabled, the first line of text in the draft will be split out and used as a title, subject or filename where it makes sense for the action. For example, if enabled on the Email action, the first line will become the email subject. If enabled on the “Save to Dropbox” action, the first line will be used as the filename instead of a timestamp. If enabled on the “Add in OmniFocus” action, the first line will become the task title and the remainder of the draft used as notes on the task. Feature is currently enabled for these actions: Email, Save to Dropbox, Save to Evernote, Add in OmniFocus, Send to Things, and many of the Send to… actions for writing apps.
- New Markdown engine. Eager to hear feedback on improvements or regressions in the quality of the Markdown output. This fixes a number of known Markdown rendering issues.
- “Markdown to Evernote” action. Passes draft through Markdown renderer before saving to Evernote in HTML format to maintain formatting.
- “Send to Poster” action. iPad Only: Poster is a great WordPress editor for iPad, this action forwards to it.
- Misc. bug fixes, etc.