Yeah that’s my main hangup about expanding my use of Drafts for iOS/Mac. I’ve fully migrated my note system to a Dropbox/nvALT/Atom/1Writer plain-text setup, and having my database restricted to Drafts doesn’t appeal to me.
It’s why I ditched Evernote and set up my own system in the first place.
I use Drafts primarily to quickly capture and append notes in that setup. I’d love to be able to use Drafts to manage them, but I want my files as plain-text and accessible by any means at my disposal.
For those that are OK with everything being with the proprietary Drafts ecosystem, Drafts for Mac will likely be ideal. I am sure Greg will bring as much functionality and attention to detail as he has for the iOS versions.
But I find myself leaning less and less on Drafts in my workflow so as to maintain my setup being as free as possible from software lock-in. I’ve just been trapped too many times in the past and migrating data to the next new system is always a big pain.
On a side note…
I feel like with Drafts 5, the software is moving away from being a text utility tool and towards a proprietary service.
I’d like to see tiers of subscriptions (or a one-time purchase to unlock), and have another feature set (“Drafts Plus”?) which offered a subset of features for those of us who want to use some of the Drafts 5 features, but not all. In particular, I am not interested the advanced file/note management stuff.
As it stands, the free version is too limited and the subscription version is way overboard for my needs.
But like I said, I think Drafts is moving towards a “system” and away from a “tool”.
I’m primarily interested in custom actions and text file appending. Maybe a social media post or email message here and there. But the app is becoming more complex with features that are of little appeal to me as someone who mostly needs to capture text and use it somewhere else.
Which to me was the original philosophy of the app, and what drew me to it.
At any rate, I suspect your wish of being able to use nvALT and Drafts in concert is going to require a lot of hacks and workarounds.