What is Draft?
Draft is a streamlined online word processor with version control.
Draft is a tool in the Writing Collaboration category of a tech stack.
Who uses Draft?
3 companies reportedly use Draft in their tech stacks, including Hazeorid, Hipmob, and Gluu IO.
Why developers like Draft?
Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Draft
- Version Control- when you share your document using Draft, any changes your collaborator makes are on their own copy of the document, and you get to accept or ignore each individual change they make.
- Cloud Sync- Import your documents from cloud services like Dropbox, Evernote, Box, Google Drive
- Uber for copy-editing- Draft has a magic "Ask a Professional" button. One click, and you can send whatever you're working on (Christmas letter, cold email to a potential customer, blog post, etc.) to a staff of reviewers to get suggested edits.
- Audio/Video Transcription Tools- You can transcribe Youtube and Vimeo videos. Or file types like .mp4/.flv or .mp3/.m4a/.aac. You can have it hosted somewhere else and use a URL, or upload it to Draft.
- Publishing- Draft documents can easily be published to Wordpress, Tumblr, Blogger, Twitter, LinkedIn and even Mailchimp from inside Draft.
- Markdown Todos- Draft now supports Github style Markdown Todos
- Compare Old Work- With Draft, as you go along, you can mark major versions of your work. When you want to compare your old drafts, you have a powerful view to see how your document changed over time
- WebHooks- WebHooks integrate themselves into a Publish button on your documents. When you publish to your WebHook, Draft will send your application a JSON payload of your document.
- Analytics- reports tell you how many Tweets on average your published writing is getting, broken up by various data points: when you published, what day, post length, and reading level. And you can see what attribute is outperforming others.
- Comments- Comments are context aware. If you quote text from your document you'll see it underlined in your comment. Hover over that quote, and you'll see where that text is in your document.
- Image Hosting- easily add images to your documents. Just use the menu again at the top right, or Shift+Ctrl+I. Pick an image from every cloud service or your local computer.
- Character Count- this carries over to collaborators. So if you are working on a 500 character email in character mode, your collaborator will also get put into character mode.
- Keyboard Shortcuts- There are a ton of shortcuts available for actions like formatting: bold, italics, and links. As well as images and comments.
- Rest API- Draft has a REST API to add it to your own tools and workflow.
- Hemingway Mode- This will turn off your ability to delete anything in your document. You can only write at the end of what you've already written. You can't go back
- only forward. To return to normal mode, use the same shortcut to turn Hemingway Mode off.
Draft Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to Draft?
It is distributed as a single file module and has no dependencies other than the Python Standard Library. It has fast and pythonic built-in template engine and support for mako, jinja2 and cheetah templates.
It is an online platform that enables users to host, collaborate, and publish writing projects such as textbooks, ebooks, novels, research papers, and technical documentation.