Shopping for Vinyl with Drafts and Editorial
Recorded on March 18th, 2016
The other day on a recent Back to Work (and I can’t remember which one exactly), Merlin explained to Dan about how to prepend and append text to a draft in Drafts. I’ve used this trick, but more often for prepending than for than appending. When Merlin described the use cases, I realized that appending can be especially powerful if you’ve started the bare bones of a draft, and just want to dump a bunch of hyperlinks, ideas, or whatever into it when you think of them.
Before I went record shopping the other day (thanks to a Steady Sounds birthday gift card from my thoughtful wife!), I wanted to collect all the stuff that I meant to be on the lookout for and put it in a temporary
music to buy today.txt file. I typically have a long-standing
music to check out.txt file and an
LPs to buy.txt file in Dropbox that I can get to with Editorial or Notesy. There are entries scattered all over those two files, and I’m able to focus more in the record store if I have one consolidated, top-priority list instead of switching between two of them. So I quickly scrolled through each of those reference files, selected the text for each record or song I wanted to watch for, and tapped the Share action.
And behind the scenes, the line would append to the
music to buy today draft. This is what it looked like after appending a bunch of items.
After I collected all the vital music to look for, I sent the draft over to Editorial, and used the Sort Selection workflow from @olemoritz (the creator of Editorial) to alphabetize the lines. And then I used Federico Vittici’s List workflow to turn those lines into an unordered Markdown list.
Finally, I used the Preview mode in Editorial to actually pull up the list when I was in the store. The nice thing about Preview mode is that you can’t accidentally go into edit mode by tapping the screen. It’s just like a piece of paper, but on the phone.
In practice, it is actually very quick to go through all these steps. The Drafts share sheet just does its thing and gets out of the way. And Editorial can do anything you can dream up if you find/build the workflow for it. Once you try this process, you’ll think of all sorts of uses for it.