• WyldKard

    I like and use Dropbox, but it would be nice to have an iCloud document sync method in addition to the current Dropbox support. I consider iCloud more secure than Dropbox privacy-wise, and being able to keep documents synced across iPhone/iPad without having to rely on Dropbox would be nice to have, IMO.

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  • WyldKard

    Yes, it's absolutely possible - I've done it. My initial attempt consisted of several workflows - one for posting a new blog post, one for generating the index.html and RSS page, one for removing a post, etc. I ran this for a few months before taking the site down. My scripts were based around uploading the HTML files to an FTP site. If you're interested, I can see about condensing the workflows into something more singular, and share what I have.

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  • WyldKard

    In short, I'm trying to set a file's contents based on whether or not the file already exists. If it doesn't exist, I'd like to populate it with a header. If it does exist, I'd like to append information to the file.

    I'm grabbing the contents of the requested filename with Get File Contents, and storing the result in a variable called "oldcontent". I then set up an if/then block to set the file contents if oldcontent is empty (i.e. the filename I requested doesn't exist). In my if/then, I'm leaving the "is Equal to" block blank, but this doesn't seem to work. Is there another way?

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  • WyldKard

    @jonmoore - Just out of curiosity, but what prompted this post? Is @omz not happy with the sales of Editorial to date?

    I'm not surprised Pythonista is selling better. Those who want to tinker in Python are more likely to do it in a more general-purpose app. Editorial is aimed at text/document manipulation, and most people who write don't even do it in Markdown, so it's naturally difficult for a plaintext writing app to dominate the "writing app" space.

    @MartinPacker - Arguably, any workflow in the workflow directory could be included by default. I just don't know that it's necessary, given that users can just search there directly. Perhaps a better in-app method of accessing the workflow directory would help, though.

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  • WyldKard

    Over the years, I've found apps like VoodooPad and Trunk Notes rather useful for certain projects, in that being able to link to related internal documents easily makes for a great organizational tool. Some projects are so perfect for the personal wiki format that it's difficult to restructure them in other apps, since you lose so much value.

    Unfortunately, VoodooPad on iOS is too barebones to use alone, as you lose out on much of the power that VoodooPad's desktop version offers (e.g. scripting). Trunk Notes is great because it uses plaintext files and actually has Lua scripting built in, but the app has several other quirks that make me wish I could use Editorial instead.

    I don't expect Editorial to ever support rich media as it's a text tool, but it would be awesome if Ole allowed Editorial users to reference internal documents in an easier fashion, ala Wiki Links. Right now, you can reference other internal documents using a Markdown link to the editorial "open" URL scheme, but the link is ugly due to length. If you preview the file in Editorial, the link is hidden, but when you click the link you're not taken to the preview screen, so the destination file will again show ugly links.

    Is there a way to open a document in the preview window using the URL scheme? Or does anyone have any other ideas on how to use Editorial as a personal wiki - perhaps some innovative Workflow ideas?

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  • WyldKard

    Ah, even better - thanks again!

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  • WyldKard

    jonmoore: Thanks for those workflows! For the last one, I assume you're first calling another workflow that gets the open document's path and constructs a URL with it - something like this?

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  • WyldKard

    While there are a lot of Dropbox-based writing apps, few (like Notesy) will search within plaintext files. It'd be great if Editorial could do this too, since it's become the primary writing app of a lot of people.

    Update: Oops, just found the Global Search workflow! It's not recursive, but I guess it does content search. Now to find a way to combine it with a filename search...

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  • WyldKard

    I'm working on a workflow to archive blog posts to Evernote, and I'd like to keep the source content in Markdown. I can upload the document to Evernote, but line breaks are missing (I just get one giant wall of text). Is there a way to preserve line breaks somehow, and still keep my content as plaintext (i.e. not upload as HTML)?

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  • WyldKard

    Viticci's book is probably the most single comprehensive resource, but his blog posts cover the meat of it already. My suggestion would be to read those, then look at some Workflow examples from the official site and what comes with Editorial.

    Once you understand the basics of how Workflows work and interact with Python scripts, the rest is just tinkering with Python itself. In fact, you can pretty much use straight-up Python without using complex Workflows themselves, though using the Workflow structure helps make the code cleaner.

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