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But for years now, the singular app that’s been the foundation of my iOS use has been Drafts. You can can then add that copied string into the uuid parameter on one of the new URL actions and that draft will be targeted each time dtaft run the action.

For me, it takes center stage for everything I do on the platform. Since graduating with a Computer Science degree from the University of Arizona inAlex has worked as a cloud engineer for the home automation company SmartThings. Alex has been r1c4 for MacStories since Drafts 4 regularly saves versions of drafts you are working on, so if you want to revert to a previous edit, you can do so by looking through old versions here. Arrange mode is now more versatile for entire drafts or selected text.

Below these you will also find an action log, which will allow you to see every Drafts action you have performed on this particular draft, and a version history button. Link mode can be toggled on and off — this turns your entered links into active hyperlinks. There are now more glyphs included with Drafts than ever. Each of these have their own unique syntax highlighting that follows the normal conventions and brings clarity to the task.

At its core, Drafts remains the app it has always been: During the course of writing this review, there have been several times I’ve wanted to recall something I previously wrote, and having the version history saved has been a godsend.

Let’s dive into Drafts, how it has changed, and the new ways you’ll want to use it going forward. New in Drafts 5 is Focus mode, which is activated by tapping on the eye icon in the bottom toolbar of the editor. Not only does this provide flexibility to drastically change the syntax language for each type, but each individual draft is able to have a unique syntax flavor — fonts, rf14 size, line height, paragraph spacing, and margin can all be changed on a per-draft basis. I imagined what this update would be like almost two years ago.


Every action step is configurable with a template, so you have full control of how the information in your drafts is put together and acted upon. Club MacStories will help you discover the best apps for your devices and get the most out of your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. But none of them replicate the functionality that Drafts carries on iOS, where integrations built into the app provide powerful, customized actions. Not only does this make the visual cue the same between the action and draft drawers, but it also makes the entire editing experience feel more modern thanks to the use of good iconography.

Unlike the setting that dragt timed auto-creation of new drafts, Focus mode requires user interaction to be disabled.

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Before Drafts 4, all of the buttons in the main interface were spread across the bottom row, which I always thought left the space above feeling oddly empty. In the face of new methods of inter-app communication such as extensions, documents pickers, and widgets, surviving on URL scheme-based utilities alone would likely not be enough to keep Drafts relevant. If text is selected, it will replace the selected text with the clipboard contents. To change the theme, simply tap under the ‘Light’ and ‘Dark’ indicators in the menu, which presents a menu selection for the available themes.

These axes of the navigation just never made much sense to me. Early on this was done through x-callback-url schemes, but the system was previously expanded to include actions that allow further integration across the platform. Arrange mode rounds out the bottom toolbar, and has two options now: Having the ability to add a custom notation or highlight for text would also be a welcome addition.

There are options for the current and rd14 syntaxes. I was actually blown away by how easy it was to transfer all of my data from Drafts 3 to Drafts 4.

I should not have been worried. The appearance settings are located in the bottom toolbar, denoted by the Aa icon.

It is the quintessential app for trusted capture of text. For those who have the iPhone X, there is a pure black icon that I’m sure many will want to use. Using the Markdown syntax highlighting, you’ll visually see where links are being used. This means that it is no longer necessary to create a new draft every time you run an action, you can instead call up an existing draft and run actions on it. If I switch to Safari — or search in Drafts using Safari View Controller — to look up something for research, returning to Drafts while remaining in the current draft is perfect.


It’s still the simple note-taking app it always has been, but with new features come new methods of making custom, complex interfaces that connect to multiple apps, providing the possibility of replacing multiple apps you use today. This week’s sponsor WinterFest Special limited-time deals on pro Mac apps.

Since there could be a lot of different reasons to save web content, it would be nice to have some way to cycle through a few different templates and make Web Capture useful in a more diverse set of situations. It starts as a blank page and a keyboard: If you like me have built up an extensive Drafts 3 action list over the last couple years, you can transition the entire thing to the Drafts 4 URL scheme extremely easily.

The Drafts URL scheme itself has actually received its biggest update since x-callback-url, garnering new schemes for opening, appending, and prepending drafts, among a few others.

The interesting thing about Drafts is that it can be the simplest note-taking app on the planet, but it can also be the most complex one, once you unlock the power of all its actions, the integrations, the URL scheme And because these options exist, it enables each draft to become its own type of document. Something I want to write about on my blog? One of the ancillary benefits of this mode is how it can aid in the processing of drafts: It’s almost like I’m meditating: These templates can be customized with the same set of powerful variable tags that previous versions of Drafts have built up over time, so there is practically no limit to what you can do with them in terms of text manipulation.

To finish I just jump over to Drafts to post with a Drafts action.

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He is also the developer of Storybot, the MacStories Slack bot. One of the most interesting things you can do with the JavaScript steps is to define a custom variable tag in an early step in your action. This is Drafts though, an app that has been rc144 the forefront of iOS automation since the field began.

I can dc14 create a new draft if I have a task that needs to be completed, send the draft with a note to Todoistand return to what I was previously working on.