This page will contain information about beta access to Drafts for Mac. Please read details below for answers to common questions about the beta. Check back here regularly for new builds.
- Version 5.8.6, Posted 2019-03-11
- Expiring 2019-03-31
To use the Drafts for Mac beta, the following are required:
- Mac running macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or greater. (Note: macOS 10.14 Mojave is recommended and may be required for final release.)
- Active Drafts Pro subscription on iOS, with iOS devices running version 5.4.2 or greater of Drafts for iOS.
- iCloud (and iCloud Drive) enabled on the Mac and using the same account as your iOS devices which use Drafts.
Before using the beta, it is highly recommended you run backups of drafts and actions and enabled automatic periodic backups on the iOS version.
- Download the most recent build from the link above.
- Decompress the zip file, if your browser did not automatically.
- Move “Drafts.app” to the Applications folder.
- Initial sync may take some time to complete. Be patient waiting for your drafts to appear.
Please send issues and feedback regarding the Drafts for Mac beta to email@example.com with “Drafts Mac Beta” in the subject - or use the “Send Feedback” menu item in the Help menu of the beta.
New builds will be posted to this page periodically. Please update regularly.
What can Drafts for Mac do?
The initial version of Drafts for Mac will support most of the same draft capture, editing and organization features of Drafts 5 on iOS and all drafts, tags, workspaces, versions, etc. will sync between versions using the same iCloud-based sync used by the iPhone and iPad versions.
The editor will support themes and all the same editing features, syntax highlighting and more.
True to its core, there will be quick-capture tools to easily popup up a window and start typing to start on all your text snippets and notes in Drafts as easily on Mac as you do on iOS.
What can Drafts for Mac NOT do?
The initial release of Drafts for Mac is focused on capture, editing and sync. It will not support actions initially. We do plan full action support for the app in the future – but many can benefit from the ability to create, edit and access all their drafts on both platforms in the meantime while we work to complete the somewhat more complex implementation of cross-platform action support.
Does Drafts for Mac use
Marzipan or whatever Apple calls it?
No. Apple announced tools to run iOS apps on Mac coming next year. When those are available we will evaluate whether it makes sense to also incorporate them into the Drafts story, but we want a proper, native Mac experience for Drafts and will be delivering a proper, native Mac app to accomplish that goal.
Will Drafts for Mac be a separate purchase?
Drafts for Mac is part of the Drafts family and will operate similar to the iOS version. It will be free to download and use basic features with more advanced features requiring a Drafts Pro subscription. A single pro subscription will cover use of those advanced features on any supported device - there will not be separate subscription required. So your subscription now is already supporting development and helping us get the Mac version out sooner.
What about Drafts for
We do not currently have plans for Drafts on platforms other than iOS, macOS and watchOS. Never say never, but these platforms are our focus for the time being.