I just got my invite to the Drafts 5 beta. Drafts have been one of my all time favourite iOS apps, I’m pretty sure I have used more or less every single point release of it. And I continue to enjoy it quite a lot.
The idea behind it is very simple: just start writing and worry about where it goes later. What makes it powerful is how you can define your own actions. In the past it was limited to url actions. While powerful, you were limited to sending the text to applications on your iOS device that had implemented a url scheme.
A url scheme is just a way where apps can define their own “protocol”, you could think of http:// as a url scheme claimed by Safari, 1Password used to have a 1p:// scheme (or something like that) in the old days to make it easier to open stuff in the 1Password in-app browser. This was way before extensions in mobile Safari.
It looks great, and I can’t wait. And it looks like more of the heavy lifting have been taken care of, compared to if you wanted to do something similar using Pythonista.