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Open a recent Draft

Gabe Weatherhead

One of the best features of Drafts for iOS is how it almost always opens to a blank document ready from me to type. This is a double edged sword though. Sometimes I come back from doing a web search and the document I was working on has been replaced with a blank screen. There's a Drafts action to solve this.

This is amazing. Like Gabe says, the feature that has Draft automatically open a new entry after x seconds is huge, but some times it gets in the way. This action helps.

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Gabe Weatherhead on LiquidText

Gabe likes LiquidText.

LiquidText is not cheap. It's free to download on the AppStore but $30 for all of the features I've described. If the iPad Pro only allowed me to use LiquidText, I think it would still be worth it. This is the kind of app that justifies the iPad and the expense of the incredibly powerful hardware Apple is developing.

And I'd say he's spot on. I've been playing around with the app to research posts for 1Password and it's pretty amazing. It's exactly what the iPad and Apple Pencil are perfectly suited for, and if you do it enough, it's worth buying an iPad for on its own.

Read Gabe's full review for all the details.

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The many iPads of Federico Viticci

Federico only has the one in-use — I think! — iPad Pro, but the ways in which it can be used is a great example of its versatility. It's like he has multiple machines, but they're all rolled into one 12.9-inch slab of glass and metal.

The opening few lines of the latest instalment in his ongoing "iPad Diaries" series sums it up perfectly.

One of my favorite aspects of working on the iPad is the flexibility granted by its extensible form factor. At its very essence, the iPad is a screen that you can hold in your hands to interact with apps using multitouch. But what makes iPad unique is that, unlike a desktop computer or laptop, it is able to take on other forms – and thus adapt to different contexts – simply by connecting to a variety of removable accessories.

The iPad, whether Pro or not, may not be what the future of computing turns out to be, but this idea of one machine that does everything depending on the accessories it's connected to and the scenario it is thrust into, is what we need computing to become as we hurtle towards 2020 and beyond. Computing, with the iPad and Surface lines, feels like it's on the precipice of a sea change that's still being held back by poor software choices and some questionable hardware decisions. We're getting there, but that also means that we're not there yet.

With iOS 13's likely arrival at WWDC in mid-2019, we might see the iPad take a huge step towards what we all want — a tablet that works how you want it to, when you want it to, without seemingly arbitrary limitations thrown in for no good reason.

Apple, I'm looking at you and the ridiculous USB-C storage situation you've created. 😡

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iPad Diaries: Typing on the iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard Folio – MacStories

I think Federico has this pretty much right, although I do think I'm getting along with the keyboard better than he did. I've been writing almost exclusively on this thing for a week, and so far, it hasn't driven me mad.

Do I love it? Probably not. It's great to have a keyboard always available, that's for sure.

Will I actively try to replace it for when sat at a desk? Maybe.


Trying Windows via the Surface Go

Matt has a history of trying competing devices and platforms and then reporting back. It was Android last time. This time, it's Windows.

Now I’m off to try a platform that I have never dared explore at length before. That platform is Windows.

I'm super interested to see how he gets on here. Also, he's a braver man than I!

Be sure to check Matt's work out and throw him a few coins via Patreon too. It'll be worth every penny.

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