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Posted by shatteredmindofbob
Mar 28, 2013 at 09:29 PM


So, I’m usually loath to recommend any web apps but man, am I digging this online text editor, which unfortunately is yet another app called “Draft.” ( http://www.draftin.com )

At first glance, it’s yet another minimalistic text editor. That is, just a space to type text, RTF support is only available via Markdown syntax and well, the usual stuff.

But, if you look a little deeper, there’s some pretty cool stuff in here.

The marquee feature is version control, similar to what’s used for source code. You can hit Mark Draft to indicate each major revision which makes it easy to say, go back and find a paragraph that was cut three versions ago and get it back.

It can also synchronize to Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive so, in theory, it’ll work with desktop text editors as well.

Furthermore, and this might be what drew me to the app in the first place, it can publish your posts to Wordpress and Tumblr and is, quite frankly, a much better editor than the ones provided for those blogging platforms.

On top of that, with the help of a browser extension, you can use it to fill in any web site with a text area (I’m using that feature to write this post.)

Oh, and one more thing. If you’re willing to pay for it, you can send your text off to a professional copy editor and have them look at it. With the version control functionality, you can accept or reject each individual change.

At some point, I’ll spend a few bucks and test this feature.

All this said, I’ve never been able to stick to a web app in my life—with the exceptions of Gmail and Google Reader. Plus, my usual objections to web apps still apply (No idea if the servers will stick around or it could be down when I really need to use it.)

For now, I’m pretty impressed. Now to see if this copies properly to the forum.



Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Mar 30, 2013 at 08:09 PM


Many thanks; this seems really good for collaboration!


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