Some Paragraft users contacted me about issues with the app on recent versions of iOS and on recent devices, such as the bigger iPads. They also told me that there had been warnings about the app needing to be updated to run in the future. While my time budget for active development of Paragraft is limited, I didn’t want loyal users to be let down. So I’ve done a round of updates to the app to fix current issues.
The updates mean that the current incarnation Paragraft has a good bit of life in it yet. It plays nice with different screen sizes – although it’s not great at doing split-screen on the iPad. Most importantly, some nasty bugs that had arrived due to changes in iOS have been squashed.
There is, in the “lab”, a version of Paragraft with outlining and iCloud sync. It’s not ready to roll just yet, but, maybe, when I have some time… I know I’d like to be using this app on a regular basis, so there’s some incentive to get it done. If you’d be interested, get in touch and when there’s a beta available for testing I can ping you the relevant link.
My iPhone app – Paragraft – is no longer for sale on the app store. I hadn’t done an update on the app for a while and it no longer complied with all the Apple guidelines. Existing users will be able to continue to use the app, although it is possible that issues may arise with new versions of iOS.
Paragraft is a pretty complex application and doing updates had become quite a lot of work. Since it was first written, a lot has changed with iOS and Apple has come up with a whole new programming language. If Paragraft ever comes out of retirement, it will be rewritten app, making use of Apple’s Swift programming language and many of the improved features that iOS provides, for example iCloud Drive.
If you are a regular user of Paragraft and would really like to see a new version, do let me know.
I like deleting backwards. And given that positioning your cursor on an iPhone is fiddly at best, I’ve often found myself feeling a sharp lack of this facility. ‘No,’ I would say to myself, ‘I don’t want to do that press and hold and line up the cursor thing. I just want to delete that character to right of my cursor and not the one to the left.’
So hit ‘q’ – the common Paragraft entry to magic tricks – and then delete and Paragraft will delete backwards. Because you often want to delete more than one character, subsequent hits of delete will keep doing the backwards delete. But if you give it a rest for a second or so, normal function will restore.
I wondered, while implementing this, whether it’d be something I’d actually use. Turns out, I use it all the time. So maybe other folk will like it too.
Waste Bin and Backup / Restore
Nobody ever wants to lose a document. So Paragraft now does that thing we’re used to from the desktop world. When you delete a document it moves it into a waste bin. (Some people in some parts of the world might call this a ‘trash can’.) You can go into the app setting and fish things out of the waste bin or eradicate them forever and ever.
You can now also archive / backup all your documents in a zip file. The zip files are accessible within Paragraft. But you can also email them or upload them to other apps, such as Dropbox. You can selectively restore documents from an archive.
The archive / restore features are a long way from full sync. But if you do have multiple devices, you can use this approach to much more easily move you documents from one to another.
The last release of Paragraft (v051) suffered a bit under iOS7. While most of the gremlins were minor, there was one horrid issue with paragraphs clipping during editing. v060 fixes that problem and tidies up some of the other issues. A fully iOS7 version will come in due course.