Drafts updates often. Keep up with the latest additions and fixes below. You can also always get highlights of the latest additions in the app via “What’s New” (Settings on iOS, Help menu on Mac).
Drafts is ready for iOS 15 and macOS 12! Updated for compatibility, of course, but also to take advantage of some of the great new features. New details below, but Drafts works great with “Live Text” to capture text from images, has full support for Shortcuts on the Mac, and brings great new iPad features, like powerful external keyboard menus.
We have re-written the Drafts Apple Watch app from the ground up to use the latest watchOS technologies. It’s still the best, easiest way to capture ideas on the go, but has a few new tricks:
Note that you may need to reconfigure your complication options after upgrade, especially if you want auto-capture, which was previously a setting and not based on the complication used.
Learn More About Drafts on Apple Watch →
We’re ready for Shortcuts on the Mac! It’s just not quite ready for us. Look for full, cross-platform support for all of Drafts’ Shortcuts actions when macOS 12 (Monterey) is released in the coming weeks!
In the meantime, enjoy these new shortcut actions on iOS:
Learn More About Shortcuts →
Up to now, Drafts file actions and scripts have been limited to working with files in the “Drafts” folder in iCloud Drive (or by working directly with cloud-provider APIs, like Dropbox and Google Drive). With folder bookmarks, it is now possible to grant permissions to additional folders outside the Drafts App Sandbox, making it easier to integrate with other apps and services, to, say, export a draft content to another system - like an Obsidian Vault, etc.
Learn More About Bookmarks →
Drafts has been tested and works great with the new “Live Text” features in iOS 15 and macOS 12. In addition, we have incorporated document scanning to OCR directly in the iOS app. Tap and hold the “+” and select “Scan Document” to open the document scanning camera. It supports scanning multi-page documents, and directly runs the results through OCR to create a new draft with the result text.
Learn More About Live Text & Scanning →
Drafts capture flow used in the iOS Share extension and the “Capture” window on Mac, has received a number of updates:
/captureURL scheme, and Shortcut “Show Capture” action, allow you display the capture window in app, optionally pre-filled with text and tags. This is useful in capture workflows from other apps, as well as web bookmarklets.
Learn more about the iOS Share Extension and Mac Capture Window
drafts://openlinks in link mode.
command-clickon links to other drafts to open them in a new window.
[[hashtags]]template tag. Returns assigned tags as comma-separated list, with each tag prefixed with a “#”. Convenience tag to remove the need to script this conversion when exporting to systems that use hash tags.
version.delete()function to allow scripted deletion of versions in the version history. (docs)
ActionLogscript object used to read and manipulation entries in the Action Log. Generally accessed from the
/scandocumentURL scheme. (docs)
editor.scanDocument() -> stringfunction. Also similar to
editor.dictate()function, opens the document scanner and returns any OCR results as a string which you can do with as you please. (docs)
/createURL schemes now support several additional parameters to configure the environment (docs):
loadActionBarGroup: take names of valid group/workspaces and applies them
It is now possible to select custom light and dark themes for Home Screen (iOS) and Notification Center (macOS) widgets from the built-in and custom themes you have installed in Drafts. To make changes, tap and hold on a widget, select “Edit Widget”, and make changes in the widget configuration.
We have also added dozens of new icons for actions/workspaces in categories like Health, Animals, Education, Email, and more.
If you create custom themes, you may wish to add the following new keys in
widgetForegroundAlternate. If not present, these values will fall back to existing related keys:
foreground, so existing themes should work out of the box without updates.
Extensive integration with two of the most popular task managers: Google Tasks and Microsoft To Do. This version adds new action steps which can create individual tasks, or add each line of draft as a task, to lists in either Google Tasks or Microsoft To Do.
Both services are available via scripting, with powerful script objects with convenience methods for creating and updated tasks and lists, while also exposing the full APIs to advanced users.
For sample actions and details:
Arrange mode has better external keyboard support, especially on iOS, including: -
⌘-return to cancel or accept changes - Arrow keys navigate up-down in the list -
⌘-up/down move the selected line up and down in the list.
attendeesarray to access (readonly) attendee list.
availabilitystring with values
editor.loadshould get added to recent drafts list.
loadActionBarURLs were not supported on Mac.
Starting with version 27, the iOS and Mac changelogs were merged on this page. For previous release notes, see archives below.
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