Parsing natural language in Drafts 4

Drafts 4 is out, it is everything you expected and all the cool kids are talking about it. The new feature I was most excited about is the introduction of Javascript into actions, which could solve a couple of issues I had over the years.

Drafts 4 on MacStories

Alex Guyot wrote a nice overview of what's new on Drafts 4 for MacStories.

Drafts 4 is an evolution which boasts a huge number of improvements and represents a much needed shift in direction. With a UI refresh, a smarter and more accessible interface for building actions, a fantastic Share extension, a customizable extended keyboard, an enhanced URL scheme, and the intriguing introduction of JavaScript scripts for text manipulation, Drafts 4 is Agile Tortoise’s statement that they are ready for the challenges of a modern iOS.

You can expect some cool actions here soon, until then, I'm sure you have a lot to play with.

Pinswift Update for iOS 8

Gabe Weatherhead covers the recent update for this great Pinboard client.

The 1.3 update brings several welcome enhancements and support for the new iPhones. My favorite new feature is the smart title and description generation for new bookmarks. When adding a new bookmark from a link, Pinswift intelligently generates the title (like many Pinboard apps) as well as a succinct description. Tag support in Pinswift is just right for the way I use them. Suggested tags are just a tap away or I use autocomplete to quickly enter several tags at once.

Pinswift may face competition in the iPhone screen, but after spending more in Pinboard apps than I spent to join the service, I can tell you for sure that Pinswift is the best client on the iPad screen.

Answered: save your StackExchange discoveries

Brett Terpstra released a great bookmarklet if you dig into StackExchange for answers.

Answered will load on any StackExchange page. You’ll see an orange tab at the top of your browser window. Hovering over that tab will let you decide whether the note will be returned in an overlay so you can copy it, or straight to nvALT.

If you doubt its power, watch the video.

Keep walking, this watch is not for you

You're prone to notice plot holes in movies you dislike. A plot hole is something that doesn't make sense in the narrative, for example, how Indiana Jones survives the submarine trip through half the world in Raiders of Lost Ark. If you're enjoying a movie, unless these screw ups slap you in the face, you won't spot them. That's the magic on leading someone through a 2-hour experience. This is the bubble Apple burst in their latest keynote.

Don't miss a quote with Quotebook 3

We stumble upon citations and quotes all the time, it seems easier to expose our thoughts as someone else's words. It packs a respectful punch. Quotes are like gifs, whoever uses, does a lot and Quotebook is the perfect app for them. The 3.0 release is out as a free update and comes with the long-awaited iOS 7 design plus x-callback-url support.

FTP Client UI for Editorial

Alex Guyot has been working on this custom interface for Editorial for at least a couple of days and the result is great. It's a vastly featured FTP client that will definitely get you covered until Transmit for iOS comes.

URL schemes without x-callback-url

We cover plenty of x-callback-url here, but here and then I write about apps without it — and there are some great ones out there. Listing them all would be a lifework, so I'll show you my favorites URL schemes without x-callback-url and how to overcome it using Launch Center Pro.


It has been almost a month since the last post and for that I apologize. In this article I want to share some thoughts on the future of iOS automation and the role this blog will play in the upcoming weeks.

A Day to Update Python Scripts

I may want to figure out a better way to announce these, but two of my latest scripts received major updates today and I urge you to grab the newest versions. The first is from my previous article to log the movies you watch on Day One using IMDB and Pythonista to add film information. The other is my crop tool for Editorial to crop images and save to the Camera Roll.