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One of my favorite features of Drafts 4 is the Web Capture share extension. If you like me have built rf14 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. Aiding in the simplification of this screen, the tools to create new actions have been pulled out of settings where they never really fit in anyway and relocated to their own singular plus button within the action menu pane.

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 Drafts is truly an impressive balance between simplicity and power.

I imagined what this update would be like almost two years ago. Arrange mode rounds out the bottom toolbar, and has two options now: It is the quintessential app for trusted capture of text.

Arrange is a simple feature, but definitely useful. You will be prompted to select a type of file to export into and a destination to export to. Drwft few other miscellaneous new additions: Drafts 5 left vs Drafts 4 right. The bottom left of the editor window also includes some useful functions. Drafts 3 was an app that drqft reached its maximum potential. You can tap that to open the new Arrange interface.

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. Arrange mode is now more versatile for entire drafts or selected text. I should not have been worried. He is also a co-host on the Fundamentally Broken podcast.

The Settings screen was overflowing with toggles and extra views, and the navigation and button labels could drafy confusing to new users.


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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. One of the ancillary benefits of this mode is how it can aid in the processing of drafts: At its core, Drafts remains the app it has always been: For all that Drafts can be, it starts off as just a simple editor: URL actions are still necessary for most kinds of direct communication between apps installed on your devices, such as parsing drafts as events in Fantastical.

Let’s dive into Drafts, how it has changed, and the new ways you’ll want to use it going forward.

If you are completely new to Drafts, I highly recommend reading the Drafts 4 review as well. I do that from Drafts. With a refreshed UI that irons out many of the kinks that had manifested in earlier versions, a newer and more accessible interface for creating powerful chained workflows, an amazingly useful Share extension, and impressive advanced automation techniques such as JavaScript support, an enhanced URL scheme, and a custom extended keyboard, Drafts 4 is an amazing update to a classic app.

The primary function of this is to stop automatic draft creation, enabling a specific draft to remain in the forefront.

When you run the extension you see a popup rc41 the draft formatted according to your Web Capture template. While you can certainly still recognize the app, Drafts 4 has brought significant user interface changes.

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MacStories Weekly newsletter, delivered every week on Friday with app collections, tips, iOS workflows, and more; Monthly Log newsletter, delivered once every month with behind-the-scenes stories, app notes, personal journals, and more; Access to occasional giveaways, discounts, and free downloads. With Drafts 4, the internal organization of the app has been completely redone.

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. Unlock MacStories Extras Club MacStories offers exclusive access to extra MacStories contentdelivered every week; it’s also a way to support us directly.

There are also toggle settings to add paragraph numbers, use spell check, use smart quotes and dashes, and more. 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 saves me time every day, and I particularly like the ability to select text in a webpage and have the selection placed into the draft without needing to copy and paste. Block arrange mode was extremely useful while writing this review for when I would want to move entire sections around. Any time I have an idea, I put it in Drafts.

This is Drafts though, an app that has been at the forefront of iOS automation since the field began. Then, in a later step in the same action, you can access that custom tag in the same way you access any of the standard variable tags: The editor is where you make changes to your drafts, and Drafts has added a litany of settings to customize the appearance of the editor and improve the writing interface. The best part about this feature is that not only will Drafts 4 import your entire Drafts 3 action list, but it will also automatically tweak the actions in your list to fit the new Drafts 4 URL scheme.

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He is also the developer of Storybot, the MacStories Slack bot. Tim Nahumck Tim works as an engineer in the automotive industry. That idea starts in Drafts too. It will go through some of the things I might mention in this review and give you some further background on the app.

And because these options exist, it enables each draft to become its own type of document. You can install this key right into your own extended keyboard via this direct import link. This is where the strength of Drafts really shines: Tasks to add to my task manager?

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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. Drafts 4 provides steps for all sorts of tasks such as posting to various social media sites, accessing the iOS Share or Open in menus, sending emails or text messages, or uploading your drafts to services like Dropbox or Evernote. Alex has been writing for MacStories since