So we need to remember to turn on link mode as the final step in creating a draft, often long after entering the URL? And turn link mode off (and remember to turn it on again after) if you later need to edit the draft?
This seems a bit clunky. Or am I misunderstanding?
I understand why that feels clunky. However I think it’s a good design choice, especially on iOS. In a browser a tap on a link means to open the link. In a text editor a tap means to place the cursor at the place where you tapped. But what happens if you tap a link on a text editor. Should it open the link or should it edit the link? It’s unclear which makes it feel clunky. (This is why I don’t like how Evernote handles links. Sometimes it edits the link, sometimes it opens it, and I never know which it will do.)
(Even on Desktop, an editor like Word or Drive will add an extra dialog box when I click the link, to make absolutely sure that I want to open the link.)
So Drafts, has an “Edit mode” and a “Link mode”. Sure it is an extra step if you have to switch modes often, but the nice thing is that Drafts is never unsure which action you want to take. I simply check the icon to see which mode I’m in and then I know exactly what it will do when I tap a link.