Usually if I put some text on my clipboard, it's because I want to do something with it. The Drafts Today Widget makes that really easy. I pull down form the top of the screen and hit the +clip button. A new draft is created with the clipboard contents already inserted.
I still wish Drafts supported Dropbox syncing so I could use it like an nvALT for iOS. A single place to start, store and search for all of my bits of text. iCloud syncing provides no advantage for me in my daily activities. Maybe the iCloud sync is good enough to act a as pseudo clipboard sync but it only works between iOS devices.
On iOS, Write syncs with Dropbox, has fast search and user editable actions. It can even post to FTP, WordPress, Tumblr, or even CloudApp. Check out this review of Write.
On the Mac, Write feels like a modern version of nvALT with support for multiple folders, tagging and custom actions. Searching isn't quite as instant in Write but it searches content and titles. There are still rough areas but it's a comfortable application to use as a jumping off point.
The menubar widget for Write on the Mac is similar to the Drafts Today widget on iOS.
There are three tabs:
- Favorite notes, which lets you quickly open a note file in Write.
- Scratchpad, is just a place to type or paste text and have it available any time.
- New Note creates a new file in Write ready to name.
Just this menubar functionality makes me keep Write open. When I'm working on something with a bunch of references, I favorite the file to quickly return to it. I use the Scratchpad to capture all kinds of text while browsing and searching. Then it's right there in my menubar.
I think Ulysses is a terrific nvALT alternative for quick note creation and search on the Mac. It's attractive and the saved filters are really powerful. But I really dislike the link handling. It's too overbearing to use as my primary writing app on the Mac. But, those filters are pretty nice.
All of this points to what I like about this category of apps. The entire point for me is to quickly capture and use text. Nothing is as fast as nvALT on the Mac or Drafts on iOS. There are some great alternatives but these are what I return to over and over.
Man, that's a lot of software on sale. Some of my favorite iOS apps at pretty good discount.
I'm not sure why but these two podcast episodes really stand out to me as special. Maybe it's the way they define their own format. Maybe it's the subject matter. Maybe it's because they are offensive, endearing and insightful all at the same time.
Pinboard will have a new pricing model in 2015, driven by the inability of people to read the current pricing page.
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Christopher Mayo is an associate professor in communication. He knows how to use DEVONthink, that's for sure. I particularly liked his example of using DEVONagent in conjunction with DEVONthink:
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Twitter seems to have an uncommon knack of not understanding how people use their service. In an effort to control more of the material published by users, they occasionally crap all over URLs and especially animated GIFs. They will convert animated GIFs to mp4 files which ruins the entire point ...
CodeRunner 2 is a new non-AppStore version and it's a complete rewrite of one of my favorite Mac utilities. In just a brief test, it feels much faster and I like the new support for TextMate themes. From what I can tell, the language support has been boosted and ...
In Jeff's posts, he highlights his awkward dance with Sublime Text and how he settled into it by replacing a bunch of other applications ...
In my experience, there's nothing like DiskWarrior for repairing a damaged disk. It's like a fire extinguisher, you may never need it but when you do, you'd pay almost anything to have it next to you.
The new version ships on a USB disk (finally) and is ...
This weekend's Nerds on Draft is full of moral dilemmas and delicious beer. Jeff and I slowly sip Goose Island's 2014 Bourbon County Stout and discuss the controversy of good companies being bought by "bad" companies and our own motivations for moral lines in the sand. Lots of ...
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