As described in that post, I want to know if Drafts has a simple method to make links, such as shown below using Google docs:
To my surprise, I’ve spent over 30 minutes learning about Drafts and cannot find this simple feature. I’m aware that Drafts has full markdown support, and that’s great. But it’s not what I would call simple. Great software is designed to allow for both simple use but with access to rich features if needed. It seems to me that this is exactly how Drafts has been designed, and yet for some reason this simple feature has escaped me.
I’d appreciate it if someone could explain what I’m missing.
There are many actions available that deal with link creation and you can put them on an extended keyboard row for easy access. but please note that Drafts is plain text only, so you probably need to get used to the idea of Markdown formatted links to make use of it - rich text editing is explicitly not a Drafts thing.
What would you like to do?
Insert () so you can type in a Markdown link?
Get a pop up box to enter the link text and URL and then insert the Markdown link, populating the link text with whatever text is highlighted.
Take a link from the clipboard, automatically lookup the page title for the link from the web, and then build and insert the Markdown link.
The basic insert option above is what the link Hutton on the standard Markdown extended keyboard row does.
There are lots of prebuilt “link” actions in the Action directory too.
Certainly if your preference is rich-text (word processor style) editing, Drafts is not for you. Depending on what your use cases are, you might find some value in considering a plain text workflow for many things as well. Not for everyone, but it keeps your content flexible for publishing to many formats/destinations (for example Messages, Twitter, etc., do not have any rich-text support) and allows you to type simple markup without having to leave the keyboard.
To make links in the intuitive manner I’ve shown in the images here and on the StackExchange post is very important to me – I do it all the time as I instruct non-tech savvy types.
Importantly, I also want to teach them how to make links and do stuff like this. If you think using markdown is straightforward and simple, just try teaching a non-tech savvy type how to do it. If they like it, they are, by definition, not ‘non-tech savvy’
So, as I said, Drafts goes into my reject-App pile for this reason. But I grant that what I’ve learned about it impressed me. So much so, that if it didn’t require a subscription (I avoid those) I might spend more time to look into it for myself. But I’ve got all the text tools I need for now and no time to waste learning another one…