現バージョンではDeleteボタンを押しても反応が悪い等の細かいバグはあります。 （いずれはFixされると思いますが） それは置いといて、前バージョンから使用していますが機能面や操作面がパワーアップしています。 その上、よく使う言葉や記号等を登録してボタンに出来るJavaキーボード、iOS8特有のExtension対応やWidget上からでも新規で文章作成という嬉しい機能も追加されています。 他にArrangeで行ごとの文章を並び替える事も可能となっているので長文を書く人にもオススメとなっています。 メールやメッセージの下書き、ブログの作成、ちょっとしたメモ、それを保存したままにしたり他アプリに渡すのもよし、どんな使い方をしても良いですね。 そんな感じでパワーアップした操作面も兼ねて前バージョンより一層使いやすいです。 書いたメモのソートや検索も可能になりましたし。 アクションやキーボードボタンもユーザー側で作れるようになったので そんな意味でも「自由」な使い方が出来るようになってます。 値段を見て驚きましたが（笑）、他のメモアプリには無い機能が満載なので納得です。 それだけの価値があります。
最初は、いまいちかな…と思ってましたが… ウィジェットからclip出来るのがとても使えます inbox機能がついてより使いやすくなりました。 いつでも思いつきを一瞬でメモし始められるので本当に便利です。 これ以上はない位最高だと思います
2015/03/05追記: フリーズ後に落ちる、iCloudに接続出来ないなどの障害に悩まされるようになりましたが、どうやらJailBreakが原因のようです。 このアプリは私のモバイルライフに欠くことが出来ない重要なアプリですが、JBもまた重要でありどちらを優先すべきか悩んでいます。 ----------- とりあえずこのアプリでテキスト入力しておけば、後で如何ようにも応用出来るのが良いですね。 まあそれは初期バージョンからのこのアプリの売りなわけですけど、とにかくカスタマイズ性が高くなったので、応用範囲をパーソナライズ出来るのが嬉しいです。 逆に自由度が高すぎるからこそ、初めての方には相当取っ付きにくいかも。 ちなみに、私も値段を見て驚きました（笑） あまり迷うことなくポチりましたけどね。 それくらい使用頻度が高く、私にとっては重要なアプリです。
AppleWatchでメモをとる必要性は高いと思いますが、意外にいいアプリがありませんでした。 Drafts4はAppleWatchで手軽にメモを取れて、瞬時にiPhone上に反映されます。 現時点では、そこからメールやDropboxでMacに情報を送るようにしていますが、 できればiCloudで同期できるようなMac版のアプリも欲しいところです。 ともあれ、文章作成アプリケーションとして出色の出来だと思います。
「Blank（空のデータ）」を「Inboxに保存しない」に対応してくれてありがとうございます！ もう一つお願いが。 Today Widgetを表示させた時、毎回「ピクピク動いてしまう」のを抑制できないでしょうか。 機能には問題ないのですが何か気になってしまうので… それともこれはiOS 9の問題なのかな？ ----- 以前のレビュー ----- とても良い 星5 すべてのテキスト書きの起点にしています。 起動の早さ、使いやすさから、全信頼を置くOmniFocusもここから起動させています。 このアプリにかなり依存しています。 ひとつお願いが。「Blank（空のデータ）」を「Inboxに保存しない」オプションをつけて欲しいです。 空のデータが増えてしまうことがあるので。
Drafts 4 is missing one critical function, but it has satisfied a good chunk of my basic writing needs until now. Clean interface, useful special keyboard row, works well with Apple wireless keyboard. I have tried more than a dozen writing apps, including some of the pricier offerings, but Drafts 4 and 1Writer lead my list. Drafts is not a publishing tool, but it presents a full list of fonts, while 1Writer's developers short-changed that app with fewer than 20 typefaces — about one-third of which are monospace; go figure. So I have used Drafts 4 regularly. My one major criticism of Drafts 4 is the absence of a Search function. For me, this omission weakens the app for pieces any longer than a page. I'm switching to Drafts 5, which has Search and Search-and-Replace, and I'll probably buy the Pro version for its enhanced interface and extra tools. (Hey, the subscription model is the only way professional developers can economically justify long-term support and continued app enhancements. Yes, I like one-and-done software purchases, too, but I also like my software to be supported for many years. The subscription model helps with this, and it is here to stay. If you write daily, as I do, what is a $20 annual subscription? It's a nickel a day — or a half-ounce of your venti Pike Place.)
Obviously I'm in the minority because I do not use the popular markdown features but it is great for jotting down quick notes that one can save or send as emails, messages, social media posts and even add tasks to Omni Focus. You can use it as a search engine, dictionary, thesaurus, and in conjunction with other apps to create larger, more elaborate compositions. Drafts is really very versatile and there is really no other app that can currently match Draft's abundance of features. The app is also universal which is a huge plus if you toggle back and forth, like myself, between my iPhone 8 and iPad Pro. *UPDATE: Already a whole year since the last review and still, as always, this app is best in class and I try new productivity/note/journal/ writing apps on almost a daily basis and run them through all of the important tests and use Drafts as the measuring rod. For big epic ramblings you want to jot out before sending it as text to be formatted elsewhere or simple notes, messages, emails, social media posts and todos, Drafts has you covered. The keyboard is best in class as well and for those that don’t want to be distracted by toggling around for characters, this keyboard beats them all.
I’m still finding new ways to use this great app after years of use.
Revised Review, May 3, 2018: To be fair, Story Planner is NOT a subscription-based app, though it does update every couple of weeks with a few bug fixes. Its developers should be commended for that. A good example of subscription-based con is Ulysses, which I also love. It sends out a few fixes and some very minor feature changes about once a month. 3 months since the last update, however. Look at version histories in app descriptions and you’ll see the pattern. Original Review: Four stars is my rating for Drafts 4, a fine app as is. To answer one reviewer on the Drafts 5 app site: I LOVE DRAFTS ALSO but I haven’t downloaded the new Drafts 5. I see so many sellout reviewers there—one wonders whether Mr. Tortoise shouldn’t simply charge $100/year as the subscription rate, whether the overall profit margin wouldn’t be even higher since many consumers seem as gullible as naive teenage girls on Spring Break. Will it be 6 months or more—half the subscription period—between updates, like so many subscription-based apps, or will these developers roll out a few bug fixes every two weeks or so, ala Story Planner. I wonder whether the SUBSCRIPTION MODEL TOUTED BY SO MANY DEVELOPERS AND NAIVE CONSUMERS isn’t just another BS con to grab money. We see this in virtually every aspect of our lives these days—from the fake-religion industry in Tulsa, OK, to the Mammon-loving political leaders we entrust with our children’s futures.
I love Drafts, it makes automating so many writing related endeavors possible. I am glad that Drafts 4 will remain supported for now. Unfortunately, the developer has decided to take the short sighted approach with the new version of Drafts by opting on the soon to be disastrous results of the Subscription Based Model. Can't fault anyone for grabbing an opportunity, short term or long term, no matter what it's lifespan may prove to be. As an analyst paid to provide trend forecasting data for Fortune 500s, its intriguing to discover the type of businesses that have been drawn into what market insiders know as the "sucker bet" business model. Ironically, some market analysts are predicting the "subscription based model" will be remembered as an "opportunistic infection," that ultimately "contributed to the implosion of" & "giving definition to" Web 3.0 The #subscription_economy, deceptively posing as viable business model, is unsustainable. Those who implement this approach do so by dropping half of the equation, the reasoning mind of a consumer/user. As the mounting data has already begun, it clearly demonstrates dedicated subscribers realize the unmanageable number of subscriptions and "real products acting as pseudo-services" have only complicated their daily life and they quickly opt out for a more traditional, less - time consuming and fiscal draining approach. With this epiphany realized, it is nearly impossible to justify only the most necessitated of basic needs. As an app developer as well, I better have considered just how much of a basic necessity my work addresses because I've narrowed the return on my seriously invested development time.
Many moons ago before iOS I used an app on my Palm tx called ‘SLAP’ that served a similar function. It was my daily capture and organizing tool. Drafts is a great app by itself, however with drafts’ apple watch ability this has become my obviously updated daily go to app.
This is my go to app for quick notes.
The new payment model means this will go from being an app I use multiple times a day to being one I won’t use at all. What a shame. This feels like a betrayal given the investment one makes in creating actions and such ... but i suppose it ought to be familiar to us by now since it happens to every single app. So long, Drafts.
Wish the new app wasn't a subscription but this one is great
This app is the most pleasant and efficient way to take notes while reading books on my iPad with Kindle or iBooks apps. It allows me to copy quotations and store them all into a single repository (or multiple ones if you desire). Quotations may be edited, abridged, or otherwise altered before storing. While there are of course many ways to copy text from a book and store it elsewhere, the elegance of this app minimizes the hassle and effort required. This results in a much more pleasant reading / note-taking flow than anything else I've experienced. It easily justifies the insignificant cost of this brilliant app. My compliments to the talented designer(s)
The app is ok. The developers are a bit of a bummer though. I recently purchased drafts v4 and what a waste - the developers are now instead putting development resources into version 5. It looks like they ended development on v4 so that they could push everyone to a subscription model with Draft v5 and make more money. Subscription apps are such a rip off. That’s why I purchased v4 instead of other apps offering similar features at the time. I don’t want to keep paying for an app every month. They are rarely worth the prices. IMHO, the app developer should show a little loyalty to those who supported it (especially those within the last 90 days) and offer a discounted or complimentary subscription when the switch business models on their software.
So good for grabbing writing without getting pulled into a device infinity pool.
Copy & Paste not working right. You can copy from Drafts or try to Paste into it, and it forgets there is anything in the clipboard. Other apps seem to work fine.
Drafts makes other apps better. If you need to move information from A to B, but app A doesn't have a Share button, copy the text and pop it into Drafts real quick, and Drafts can clean it, format it, and pipe it to app B with the touch of a button.
I use this app every day, several times a day to keep track of notes and export other information
Notes disappear after opening them, making it useless on the Apple Watch.
Forget Notepad. Drafts is for writing your thoughts and ideas, editing them and then sending it to where you want to use it. Evernote, Dropbox, Twitter, Outlook, Gmail anything. You can leave it in Plain Text or Format it with more flexibility than anywhere and faster to use than word. Yes you can save it to Word. Let’s you capture your thoughts quickly without clutter without worrying about five steps you need to take before writing. It is both intuitive yet has a lot of power under the hood and excellent YouTube video series to get you comfortable with basic or advanced. I hate writing in Evernote- if you make a mistake there’s no fixing it. Write in drafts and hit the action button to save in Evernote with ease of adding tags and notebook etc. Very cool, powerful, quick. Automatically syncs to your ICloud for backup and multiple devices and links to all the other apps you give permission for.
This app is my main driver! I use it for everything. It’s so versatile, especially coupled with TextExpander. Much like a card dealer, it captures everything in one hand (metaphor) and deals the cards of information wherever they need to go. All my personal clubs and professional meeting notes, conversation logs, text messages originate from here. And when my meetings have Tasks that need to move to my task manager software, I use it for that too. It’s MUCH faster than Evernote in creating and formatting a note (using markdown feature to make it pretty). So, I craft my notes here and then send them to Evernote as my repository. As a person that uses an IPad for most of the day (recording meeting notes, crafting proposals, managing tasks and scheduling meetings), I’d say that Drafts is a must have app for productivity. I’ll bet I’m only using 50% of what its capable of doing. It’s on my phone and iPad Dock because its so useful.
Maybe one day they will provide an option to encrypt the data before sending it to iCloud, for zero-knowledge encryption.
There is no way to have a new draft sent as an email automatically. This functionality would allow an email to be sent to your inbox with a note in the email body that was transcribed from words spoken from Apple Watch complication with one click.
Use Drafts! It's quick, easy and has so many ways to capture your input, including dictation on your phone or watch! It can sit in the control center off to the side on your phone or be a tap away on your watch. It can share with so many iOS apps! Buy this app, you won't regret it!
This app is an absolute necessity for my daily workflow. It has a permanent place in my dock. Love this app!
I can’t believe I’ve been without Drafts. Now that I’ve discovered it – it’s perfect for me, and on my front page of apps. Love the Apple Watch app. A flawless and super fast way to dump any thoughts in my head into a safe, Tristan inbox from which I can process it later. And really love that the developers aren’t greedy, which is becoming rare. The killer app for my watch.
I really love the functionality of this app. The only issue that I’m having is on the Apple Watch series 3 when I use the voice recorder and see the entry there and then it vanishes without the entry being saved on the Apple Watch or iPhone. The only solution seems to be having the iPhone unlocked to be able to sync the information.
When I first installed this app I could not delete notes from my watch 3 no matter what I tried. It would beep but not delete note. It also did not sync with my iPhone-to it or from it. I rebooted both and also tried uninstalling and reinstalling to no avail. With the iPhone 4.2.3 and Watchos 4.2.3 updates it now works properly.
First day using it. Glitchy on Apple Watch. Dictation sometimes doesn’t work, sometimes navigation commands disappear after text written forcing me to just leave the app and lose note
Best note taking app for IOS there is. What I would pay to have it on MacOS!
I have looked for an app like this for a long time. Wish it would link to Wunderlist.
I’ve been using so long Drafts seems part of the iOS. Texting, emailing, reminders and appointments exported to Fantastical using actions, just a place to put thoughts or ideas, even to jot down a new password (temporarily). Action steps are awesome. Need to send a text to a small group, then a different subset of the same, set up an action, done. Just scratching the surface.
Must have app...
So sometimes i like to draft long texts that I decide to leave unfinished until later and when I come back to it or at least attempt to, it's gone. I can draft text on this Drafts app and not have to worry about copy and pasting anything to something like Notes app for a potentially later time. I just finish where I left off and then send to messages not missing a beat. I know there are many other uses for this app however this always seems to save the day.
This tremendously useful app just gets better with each upgrade. The features for Apple Watch owners make it among the most useful Apple Watch apps. You can append and prepend notes with scribble as well as Siri. This is way more than basic notes. This app captures all sorts of content, formats, and sends to about anything. This is a power tool as much as it is a nice basic addition to modern computing that goes across devices and platforms. This is very much worth the app price and time spent to learn it.
Spent 5 dollars, it doesn’t open on the watch, and developers don’t reply email how to fix it! Can I have my money back,please?
Extremely useful. Saves time. So many different pre-sets you can set up. I use this for group emails and group texts. All my different groups are there, I don’t have to waste time adding each name. You won’t regret this purchase, the developer earned their money.
I was surprised at how easy it was to create my own actions. I “installed” some from the directory and then tweaked them until they did what I needed them to do.
Drafts is where everything starts on my iPhone and iPad. Open it up, enter text, send it to where it needs to go. The action directory already has starter actions to get you going. You can then view those and modify to fit your needs. Dictate snippets, notes, events or whatever pops into your head and then have it ready to process when you have time. The addition of capture on the Apple Watch as made Drafts invaluable. Think of something while your busy? Tap the complication and dictate away. Off it goes to be processed at your convenience. Seriously, if you don’t own this app, get it now and make your life easier.
I have an Apple Watch 3 but I don’t keep it connected to wireless all day. Using the watch as a stand-alone I love the scribble feature. There are not too many fully functional watch apps for when the watch is not connected to bluetooth, cellular or Wifi. I’ve tried a few and Drafts came out on top. Thanks for taking the time to add the scribble functionality! I was surprised this is a rare feature aside from apple’s apps. The ability to either prepend or append to a note is a nice touch also.You took the time to think about the workflow of jotting notes day to day. It goes with Drafts whole ideal of quickly getting the info out your head now for further thought and processing later. You make it easy even without Siri. The sync process is also better with the recent update
I emailed the team with a bug report, and they fixed the bug! Very satisfied with the newest version.
As a blogger I needed a platform to instantly jot down my ideas and feelings. This app allows me to do it perfectly and it’s super fast and efficient. Thank you!
Now better than ever!
I love this app, and even more so with the new Apple Watch app. This app not only replaces several apps on my phone and tablet, but is also essential for my daily productivity. I don’t write a lot of reviews, but this one was more than worthy. Thank you!
Drafts sits in my dock. Nearly all my text-creation tasks start in Drafts. Casual users will find endless uses and true productivity enhancers with all the customizable keys and actions. Automation geeks like me will find a wonderfully powerful and thought-out system for creating your own workflows. And there are plenty of user- and developer-created keys and actions you can download for free. Drafts basic principle is "write first, process later". You'll have to configure the processing (either the default actions or customize your own), but once you get into the flow it's a much better method for capturing and processing text than the "find an app, open it up, find or create the document to edit, finally start writing" process that is the standard. If you're into automation at all, this app will be a cornerstone in your system.
I just heard about this from Leo Laporte. I haven’t used it yet in a real situation but I’ve been setting it up for my common tasks and watching the setup videos on YouTube and this app is incredible. It’s going to be such a time saver for me for sending out emails and texts and adding reminders and journal entries very quickly. It is so customizable that I’m able to organize and place everything just where I want it and remove default tasks I won’t use so only the information I need is in front of me exactly where I want it for quick access. This app is all about speed in and out. I’m just getting started and in time, I will find more and more ways this app will increase efficiency of my workflow. 30 Dec 2017 update: yes, it’s as useful as I was hoping and more. I’m learning more about quick calendar entry and Workflow to get even more use out of it. I’m getting more in the habit of starting here first for everything I need to send out or add to calendar, notes, etc. One big help is way I can send out same message to various people. For a while I have had a few people that don’t reliably receive SMS messages when they are part of a group. Also, I often have the same message I want to send out to various people but I want them to reply to me and not to the group. Once I have set up a group, this app allows me to write a message once and with one click send out individual messages. It saves so much time.
I have had Drafts for a long time. But after listening to the developer on the Power Mac Users podcast, ai took a serious look at what it can do. It’s amazing! One of the best ways to utilize TextExpanders expansions in iOS. And as the saying goes, “It just works!” Boy howdy that’s for sure. It’s now one of my most essential apps.
Just started using it. So far, so good. I really love its key interface which is that as soon as you open it you start typing a new draft. Then all the options come once you’re done with the draft. It perfectly allows for mind dump typing without distraction.
A truly useful app, flexible with attentive and timely development. Much appreciated.
This is a great app! I haven't even used the formatting yet. It's well done, great usability, and the pinnacle of useful. It saves your note and creates a new blank note when you close the app completely. So it's always ready, no waiting for sync to finish or buttons to hit. Dictation adds more efficiency and quick use. Tons of cloud export options. The iMessage app lets you access and send notes which is worth getting the app alone. Add to that, the Watch app. Drafts is over the top useful. I'm checking for a Mac app too. Thank you for an excellent, well thought out and executed, app.
Love the integration with I watch.
Used to be one of the most stable apps I used. Over the past year the crashes have become quite numerous. Still recommend this app!