Drafts 4 for iOS
When it comes to capturing ideas, it helps to have a trusted place to put them. A notebook is a handy choice, but personally I always turn to Drafts for iOS. It immediately loads a blank page and keyboard on launch, seamlessly syncs my notes between devices, and thanks to its extensibility and workflows, Drafts can do a crazy number of things with that text.
In other words, Drafts eliminates the friction between having an idea and capturing it, then sending it where it needs to go.
- Share extension that allows for quick capture of text from other apps, including Safari. This is powerful.
- Today widget in Notification center, with shortcuts to create a blank draft or one based on the contents of the clipboard.
- It now tracks version histories for notes, which can be rolled back/restored.
- Markdown syntax highlighting. (No lie, I did a fist pump about this one.)
- Fully customizable keyboard row, giving you the ability to add keys that run custom scripts on your text.
- “Arrange” mode that allows drag-and-drop re-ordering of lines/paragraphs in a note. (Fist pump #2.)
Drafts 4 is a $5 universal app on the iOS App Store, and a paid upgrade for existing users (here’s how to migrate your data). It’s worth every penny, and I’m happy to support Greg for continually developing an app I use all the time.