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| January 24, 2013
Popular Quick Text Capture App Drafts Is All About Taking Action
Hailed by AppAdvice as one of the best apps of 2012, Drafts has just received its first ever update this year. And it's all about customization and automation. Both editions of the popular quick text capture app, the iPhone-optimized Drafts and Drafts for iPad, have been updated with new improvements that deal with custom and automated URL actions. First, Drafts now allows you to create an unlimited number of custom URL actions. In other words, you can now come up with URL actions that will let Drafts work in conjunction with apps and websites other than those supported by Drafts' built-in actions. Drafts now also gives you full access to your Dropbox folder. On top of that, it lets you create an unlimited number of URL actions to either create, append to, or prepend to your Dropbox files. If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. Furthermore, you can now import your custom actions into another copy of Drafts using "share" URLs generated by the app. In line with this, Drafts developer Agile Tortoise has introduced an Action Directory, where predefined, ready-to-import actions can be found. Finally, Drafts' incoming URL schemes now support action triggers and URL callbacks, allowing for "workflow automation." "Drafts has always supported the creation of drafts via incoming URL scheme," explains Agile Tortoise. "This 'create' method now fully supports an 'action' parameter that can specify any action in the action list to be triggered, and x-callback-url formatted x-success and x-error callbacks can be included to allow passthrough back to another app." If that sounds too jargonistic, which it does to me (x-what?), you might find the demo video above more enlightening, which I did. The newly updated Drafts and Drafts for iPad are available in the App Store for $2.99 and $3.99, respectively. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]