Drafting My Day

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Watch iOSToday for my demonstration of an amazing iOS app called Drafts ($4.99 iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch).

A hat tip to iMore’s Vector podcast with Réné Ritchie, Merlin Mann, and Drafts’ author, Greg Pierce, for turning me on to this iOS gem.

Consider Drafts a starting point for text entry. The app takes significant effort to understand and configure, but trust me it’s worth it. Drafts has so many useful features you’ll definitely want to watch David Sparks tutorial videos on the Drafts web site to get started.

If you’re into Dave Allen’s GTD methodology you’ll understand it as a trusted place to brain-dump: a way to get all those “open loops” out of your brain and stored somewhere for later processing.

Drafts is designed for a keyboard but I use dictation a lot, especially on the fly with the Apple Watch. Note the complication in the upper right of my watch face above. Tapping the icon launches Drafts on the watch ready to take dictation. The 0 says I have zero unprocessed entries in drafts. That’s a handy indicator when I have text in my queue that needs handling.

So far I’m doing a lot of calendaring, messaging, and yes, blogging, with it. In fact, that’s how I wrote this post.

I’m hoping I can use it this week as I head off tonight to Tortola to sail around the British Virgin Islands with my son, Henry, and his pal HT.  Meanwhile Happy Holidays to you and yours! I’ll be back live on TWiT on January 2.

Here’s a new UWP TWiT App

 

 

Got a very nice email today from David Neptune that will make our Windows Phone 10 users happy:

Good morning!

As a long-time listener to many of the TWiT shows (Love Windows Weekly, Know How and Coding 101), and a hobbyist windows developer, I built a solution for myself to make sure I could easily get to all the live and prerecorded content you have to offer.

Using your relatively new API and the Windows 10 UWP platform, I have sent a new TWiT.tv Media Player app into the Windows 10 Store which should be up later today at https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9NBLGGH5Z87Z

Leo has commented many times that Dmitry Lyalin was going to update his app… he must be busier than me 😉

In any case, today’s drop is for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. I’m working out some UI input issues with Xbox One but hope to get that client out as soon as Microsoft allows.

I tried to leverage as much data goodness as I could squeeze out of the

API, but please let me know if there’s anything you like or don’t like about the app and I’ll adjust it for you.

Thanks for everything you do!

David Neptune

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Thank you, David! Looking good, too!