Drafts 24 Released

Drafts 24 has been released:

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Drafts 24 iOS Release Notes

What’s New

Support for FlickType keyboard on Apple Watch.

  • FlickType is a convenient on-screen keyboard for use on Apple Watch.
  • Requires watchOS 7 and the FlickType Apple Watch app.
  • Use any of the capture methods in the Drafts watch app that offer options - indicated by the pen icon- either to capture from the main screen, or when appending/prepending to existing inbox drafts. Options will include “FlickType Keyboard” option, which allows you to go to the FlickType app, enter text, and send it back to Drafts.
  • For details about using FlickType with Drafts, visit our Apple Watch article
  • For details about FlickType, visit https://www.flicktype.com

HTML Previews can now reference local assets

Both HTML Preview action steps, and Preview windows can now generate HTML that includes references to images, javascript, stylesheets, or other assets via relative paths. To use, create a folder at iCloud Drive/Drafts/Library/Previews, and place images, stylesheets, and other resources in this folder and its subfolders. HTML previews can reference those assets via relative paths, e.g. <img src="image.jpg">. If the /Library/Previews does not exist, previews will continue to function as they always have. If it does exist, the HTML will be written to a temporary file in that directory and loaded so that the directory can be used to access other assets. More details in the Previews documentation

Other Updates

  • Change: Simplify app icon badge settings and make sure the default correctly align with default workspace settings.
  • Fix: When an action was run from search, it did not respect the default “After Success” setting of its action group.
  • Fix: Recent draft with an excessively long first line could create performance problems displaying the navigation menu.
  • Fix: When triggering a share sheet from a script, if you selected a share extension, then canceled, it could result in a crash.
  • Fix: Wiki-style title links starting with escaped forward slashes failed to find the proper draft.
  • Fix: Address crasher on watchOS versions less than 7.
  • New: “Purge Transactions” maintenance task in Settings > iCloud Sync. Not generally necessary, but this task cleans out sync transaction log entries which have been processed, which may improve performance (not much, if any) in long-lived installation.
  • New: Allow search in Action Selection window (used by “Run Action” operation in draft list).
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Drafts 24 macOS Release Notes

What’s New

Ready for Big Sur and the latest Macs

Updated for macOS 11 Big Sur and the latest Mac hardware (Yes, that includes Apple Silicon).

HTML Previews can now reference local assets

Both HTML Preview action steps, and Preview windows can now generate HTML that includes references to images, javascript, stylesheets, or other assets via relative paths. To use, create a folder at iCloud Drive/Drafts/Library/Previews, and place images, stylesheets, and other resources in this folder and its subfolders. HTML previews can reference those assets via relative paths, e.g. <img src="image.jpg">. If the /Library/Previews does not exist, previews will continue to function as they always have. If it does exist, the HTML will be written to a temporary file in that directory and loaded so that the directory can be used to access other assets. More details in the Previews documentation

Other Updates

  • New: Add “Move…” and “Copy…” commands to action list contextual menu.
  • Fix: When an action was run from search, it did not respect the default “After Success” setting of its action group.
  • Fix: Wiki-style title links starting with escaped forward slashes failed to find proper draft.
  • New: “Purge Transactions” maintanance task in Preferences > iCloud. Not generally necessary, but this task cleans out sync transaction log entries which have been processed, which may improve performance (not much, if any) in long-lived installation.
  • Fix: Appearrance issue with filter sidebar background.
  • Change: Simplify app icon badge settings and make sure the default correctly align with default workspace settings.
  • Change: File > Export in main menu now has CSV/JSON options that previously were only available in context menu of draft list.
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