There's a good chance that you read this blog from its RSS feed, that's how I follow most publishers without a regular schedule or sites that publish no more than a couple of pieces daily. For the rest, there's Twitter. Some feeds I subscribe to truncate their articles and exhibit a single paragraph, a couple hundred characters or just a Twitter-like description, a link by the end of the excerpt takes you to the article in the original site and I'm declaring war to them.
As I use Drafts further more, I built actions to aid my writing. In this article I'll share 4 actions I use all the time whenever I write in Drafts.
Two years ago was probably the first time I heard of
x‑callback‑url. It was the most remarkable, at least, with an article on MacStories in which Viticci chained 4 apps. He swiftly moved information between them, starting with a bookmarklet in Safari and bouncing into Drafts, then Due and returning to Safari afterwards. Seeing what an empowered iOS user could achieve mesmerized me.
Two or three years ago, I got my degree in film. I wanted to be a screenwriter since the beginning of the course and I graduated as one, with a script written in a syntax developed by John August, Nima Yousefi and Stu Maschwitz called Fountain. Screenwriting has a strict formatting rules and used to require either expensive (Final Draft) or bloated (Celtx) software; Fountain took the game to plain text.
Who could forecast I'd be posting a bookmarklet halfway through 2015? I thought they would be dead upon iOS 8. Simone de Rochefort wanted iOS to recognize when a post is from Tumblr and allow her to open it in the app. I wrote a bookmarklet to trigger that and it gets the job done.
Matteo Cappadonna moved his blog to Jekyll and hosted with GitHub Pages. Now he reports how he publishes new articles on iOS. He writes on Drafts and uploads his posts with Working Copy, a git client with x-callback-url. Workflow ties everything together. Check it out.www.matteocappadonna.org
Back in November, I pointed out the inability to launch actions from keyboard extensions in Drafts, but that's not true anymore as version 4.2.1 brings a new extension dedicated to run actions as keys. I'll revisit the action with Symbolay and you won't believe how easy it is to turn your actions into keyboard extensions.
I'm always looking for ways to help people with automation on iOS and when the Drafts Twitter account retweeted a plea, asking if anyone figured out a way to integrate Drafts and Pastebin – I couldn't contain myself. By the end of the day, I achieved the goal with 1Writer and I'll tell you why and how.