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Drafts Updates 2024

Date: 5th April 2024

Duration: 25:38

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It's been a while since we've taken a close look at Drafts, the phenomenal note-taking and quick capture app from Greg Pierce.  In this episode, Mike shows us what's new and shares some of his favorite new features, on both iPhone and Mac.  These include support for widgets on both the iOS Home and Lock screens, a varied collection of Shortcuts actions, the ability to post directly to Mastodon, sending text to Drafts using a special email, and much more.

Tip - Simple Scan

Date: 2nd April 2024

Duration: 13:21

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The developer of Drafts has released an application that solves one of Lee's challenges: scanning on the go. Whilst there is no shortage of scanning apps in the App Store, they tend to be either too expensive, or strewn with ads making it difficult to just pick up your phone, scan, and move on. Simple Scan is different because it's inexpensive and allows you to lightly configure it make sure you can quickly scan documents and carry on with your day. Lee walks you through the current feature set in this video.

Tip - Tagging in Drafts

Date: 7th November 2023

Duration: 11:46

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Drafts has long been a favourite third-party application of the ScreenCastsOnline team. You can use it on its own as a note repository, or send text to other applications, meaning it can be as complicated, or as simple as you need.

If you want to use it as a storage space for all of your notes and ideas, it's important to file them correctly and that's where tagging can be a great help. In this video, Lee walks you through the nuances of tagging in Drafts and how you can use advanced tags, such as Scoped Tags, to file (and find) your notes efficiently.

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Drafts for Mac Update

Date: 31st January 2020

Duration: 43:07

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In this tutorial, Rosemary shows you the new features added to Drafts for Mac since its launch. You learn about dictation, multiple window support, and merging drafts, before diving deep into the headline feature: Actions.

As well as finding out what Actions and Action groups are, you learn how to install and edit them. You also see how Actions can be created from scratch. Rose concludes this screencast with a look at Workspaces, which combines tags and Actions to help you improve your efficiency and productivity while using Drafts.

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Drafts for macOS

Date: 26th July 2019

Duration: 33:38

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We've covered Drafts for iOS in the past, and it is now available on macOS!

Drafts is where text starts and is intended to be the first app you think of when wanting to input text. Just open Drafts and start writing. Once in Drafts, you can decide where to send your text using the Share sheet or copy and paste. With Drafts Pro, you can sync your drafts using iCloud, so use Drafts on the iPhone or iPad and your text will be waiting for you when you sit at your Mac.

Drafts for iOS has an extensive library of Actions that allow you to integrate with a huge number of apps and perform seemingly limitless multi-step tasks. Actions have yet to be implemented on the Mac version, but it's still a hugely powerful application as it stands.

In this tutorial, Don takes you through the basics of using Drafts on macOS, and gives you a quick refresher on the latest iOS version.

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Drafts v5 for iOS - Part 2

Date: 17th August 2018

Duration: 53:54

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Manipulating text on iOS can be tricky. But with the powerful export actions available in Drafts version 5, it gets a whole lot easier. In the first of two tutorials Drafts v5 for iOS - Part 1 Mike explored the basics of using Drafts.

In this tutorial, Mike walks you through the export actions available in the Pro version of Drafts 5. You learn how many of them work using practical, real world examples. You can then start building your own text-based workflows using Drafts and start saving time on your iOS devices today.

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Drafts v5 for iOS - Part 1

Date: 1st June 2018

Duration: 64:11

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Drafts is where text starts on iOS. It's a powerful application that allows you to quickly capture what's on your mind, then process and send that text just about anywhere on iOS. Version 5 of Drafts was released recently, bringing many new features and a revamp of the user interface.

In this first tutorial, Mike shows you how to get up and running with Drafts 5 by walking you through the interface and demoing several of the built-in actions included with the free version. He also explains how to modify and edit custom Actions (Pro feature), walks you through the different Modes and Settings, and goes over using the Messages and Apple Watch apps.

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Drafts V3 - Part 3

Date: 15th June 2013

Duration: 19:47

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The third and final part of our indepth look at Drafts v3

At its core, Drafts is a simple way to enter text on your iOS device and then use actions to process the text, and send it to other applications.

Drafts v3 takes this to a new level with a vastly expanded range of support actions and capabilities. In the final part of this three part series, I review Markdown support, Email Actions, TextExpander Touch integration, Open In... actions, and some mor eadvanced custom actions including Dropbox and Evernote Actions.

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Drafts V3 - Part 2

Date: 8th June 2013

Duration: 16:59

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Exploring further the wonderful application which is Drafts V3

At its core, Drafts is a simple way to enter text on your iOS device and then use actions to process the text, and send it to other applications.

Drafts v3 takes this to a new level with a vastly expanded range of support actions and capabilities. In the second part of this three part series, I review Event and Messaging Actions, Reminders integration plus a look at Fantastical integration. I also start looking at creating your own Custom Actions.

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Drafts V3 - Part 1

Date: 25th May 2013

Duration: 18:46

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I've covered Drafts before, but the latest version demands an update!

At its core, Drafts is a simple way to enter text on your iOS device and then use actions to process the text, and send it to other applications.

Drafts v3 takes this to a new level with a vastly expanded range of supported actions and capabilities. In the first part of this three part series, I review the basics of Drafts and some of its new syncing and organisational features.

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Drafts & Terminology

Date: 13th April 2012

Duration: 18:32

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Two applications in this week's tutorial, both from the same vendor.

The main focus of the tutorial is Drafts, a new application intended to remove the friction of entering short text notes on your iOS device.

Just fire up the app and you'll be presented with a new note - no creating or naming required. Once you've entered the text, you can send it to all sorts of places - Twitter, email, clipboard, etc.

Add in Markdown and TextExpander touch support, and it's earned a place in my doc.

I also take a look at Terminology, a great Dictionary/Thesaurus application with native integration with Drafts and other applications.