You may well discover all the features of the app simply through playful exploration. If you prefer, the guidance on this page may help you get the most from the app.

The next nugget

Place your finger on the card and slide it towards the left of the device. You will push the current card off to left and the next card will appear from the right.

Flip the card

Each nugget has more detail on the back of the card. To flip the card either tap on the ‘i’ button at the bottom right of the card or tap the card twice in quick succession.

You can flip a card back by tapping the card twice in quick succession.

Some cards have extra material. Tap on the word ‘Extra’ to reveal this.

A small number of cards also have essays. Tap on word ‘Essay’ to open up and read the essay.


Obliquely Productive lets you give feedback on the nuggets. The app will adjust how frequently it shows you nuggets based on your feedback.

To give feedback touch the action button. It’s on the bottom left of the iPhone / iPod touch and at the top left on the iPad.

Note: in normal use the bar at the bottom will make itself invisible. Just touch on the screen to bring the bar back.


If you like a nugget, why not share it with a pal? Use the standard action / share¬†button at the centre of the tool bar. If you don’t see the buttons on the toolbar, just tap on the screen and they will appear.

Paragraft update

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.

Paragraft v06 release notes

Features Added

  • Backwards delete (delete to the right) – q and then delete – for a short while subsequent delete taps will also delete to the right – wait a short moment and normal delete (to the left) will kick in.
  • Deleting documents now moves them to the ‘Waste bin’. They can then be restored or completely destroyed. This is for anyone who has ever accidentally deleted a vital document, i.e. everyone.
  • Save all your Paragraft documents as a zip file. This can be used to backup your files or to transfer all your files from one device to another in a single operation. The zip file can be kept locally, can be emailed, or can be opened in another application, e.g. Dropbox.
  • Restore selected files from a zip file – files can be restored from locally stored zip files, i.e. stored within Paragraft. Or zip files can be opened from other applications, e.g. Mail or Dropbox. Once ‘imported’ into Paragraft the zip files can be accessed at any time and/or deleted.
  • Support for ‘endnote format’ links – links are in the form [friendly name][ref] or [friendly name] [ref] or [ref]. In the last case ref is also used as the friendly name. Definitions are [ref]: www.obliquely.org.uk or [ref]: http://www.obliquely.org.uk. Paragraft also provides the option to convert existing in-line links to out of line links and vice versa.
  • Option to use out of line or in line linking when pasting a link into a Paragraft document.
  • ‘Keep with next’ for PDF output – headings attempt to hang on to the text that immediately follows them.
  • Improved display of document fragments in document listing.
  • Updated app icon.

Feature taken away

  • Shake to Undo functionality disabled when actively editing a paragraph, The + and – buttons are available in this context. (Changes introduced in iOS6.x created issues with original Undo implementation.)

Bug Fixes

  • Adjustments to Markdown processing to cope with some less common cases where italic or bold styling was mis-applied.
  • Fixed accuracy problems with word counts on longer documents.
  • Fixed issue where paragraph wouldn’t resize when pasting in links.
  • Fixed am issue where preview display was temporarily dicey after changing the line spacing multiple.
  • Fixed various issues that arose when using Paragraft with iOS7, including clipped paragraphs during editing.
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements.