Drafts 5: Capture ‣‣ Act

Drafts 5: Capture ‣‣ Act

By Agile Tortoise

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2018-04-22
  • Current Version: 5.3.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 41.43 MB
  • Developer: Agile Tortoise
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 516 Ratings


Drafts, where text starts. Quickly capture text and send it almost anywhere! Drafts lets you turn text into action – it’s a quick notebook, handy editor, and writing automation tool, all in one. Instead of tapping around other apps, capture in Drafts first. Open it and write right away, then do something useful with your words. ## HOW DRAFTS WORKS ## CAPTURE EVERYWHERE: Drafts opens to a new page with the keyboard ready so you can type immediately. Go hands-free with Dictation, or ask Siri to "Create a note using Drafts". Drafts lets you get things down before you forget – no choosing document templates or waiting for your file to download. USE YOUR WORDS: Drafts is a launching-off point for text – use the actions to copy it, share it, or deep link into other apps and services. Compose a tweet or message, create a file in Dropbox, send a task off to Reminders – there are hooks into tons of your favorite apps. REMEMBER IT NOW – OR LATER: New entries go into the Inbox. Once there, you can Tag them for organization, Flag them for importance, or Archive them for long-term storage. TAKE TEXT TO A NEW LEVEL: Set up a text editing experience that’s perfect for you, with tons of interface adjustments like custom fonts and control over spacing, line height, and margins. Use the customizable extended row above the keyboard to quickly convert, manipulate, and transform your writing. Make lists, use Markdown to get things just right. Process your drafts quickly using unique features like Link Mode, Arrange Mode, and Focus Mode. ## WHY YOU’LL LOVE DRAFTS ## IT WILL CHANGE HOW YOU USE YOUR DEVICES: Drafts gives you a new approach to using your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, letting you write first and think about what to do with it later. Try it in your dock for a week, you'll find you can't live without it. GETTING WORDS DOWN HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER: Drafts opens lightning fast and with support for capture via Siri, the widget, share extension, file import, and dictation - Drafts is like post-its updated for the smartphone era. POWERFUL ACTIONS: Actions make Drafts a Swiss Army knife for text. Integrate with a bewildering array of apps and services. ## JOIN THE COMMUNITY ## Check out our Action Directory (actions.getdrafts.com) for ready-to-use actions for third party apps and services. Join the Drafts Community (forums.getdrafts.com) to get help, find integration guides and a regular flow of tips & tricks - or follow @draftsapp on Twitter or Facebook. ## DRAFTS PRO ## Get more out of Drafts with a Drafts Pro subscription: • Create and Edit Actions • Themes and Icons - suit the experience to your tastes with Dark theme, custom app icon, and more • Workspaces - Apply preferred tag, query, and sort settings for your drafts list with Workspaces • Extra widgets and better share extension options • Enhanced URL Automation We are always working hard to expand the capabilities of Drafts and up-to-date with the latest technologies. Your support helps keep the app growing – thank you to Drafts Pro subscribers! QUESTIONS? Contact us on Twitter at @draftsapp or send an email to support@agiletortoise.com if you’re having issues – or just want to say hi. UPGRADING FROM DRAFTS 4? Drafts 5 installs as a new app and will not affect your existing Drafts 4 installation. Check out getdrafts.com/upgrade for details on new features and migrating. ## SUBSCRIPTION DETAILS ## • Monthly and annual subscriptions are available • Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase • Your subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is disabled at least 24 hours before the end of the current subscription period • Automatic renewals will be charged at the same price you were originally charged for the subscription • Subscriptions can be managed by going to Account Settings on the App Store after purchase Terms: https://agiletortoise.com/terms Privacy Policy: https://agiletortoise.com/privacy-policy



  • Great simple app with a host of advanced uses

    By paradox2222
    Great entry point for any text entry. Get it out of your head, then process it later. Great for simple to do lists, journal entries, notes, dictation, you name it. Love it!
  • Growing More Powerful With Each New Release

    By TheKemer
    I have been a longtime user of Drafts, but I have tended to under-utilize it. It is designed around a concept that is appealing: simply start writing, then figure out what you want to do with it. In practice, I have found it is usually just as convenient to start writing in the intended app, whether Mail, Message, Note, or third-party, like Ulysses, so I found myself using it only intermittently. When Drafts 5 was released, it moved to the generally controversial subscription model. I don’t have a problem with paying subscriptions for a limited number of essential apps. I wasn’t initially convinced that Drafts provided enough utility to justify the cost, and I’m still not entirely sure it justifies the current price, but it is moving in the right direction. It is an app I want to succeed. Indeed, Drafts 5 has some very compelling features that is changing how I use it. Prior versions essentially intended that the individual drafts wouldn’t hang around for long: they would be sent through an action to another app and their usefulness would disappear. In Drafts 5 you can now tag drafts, providing a means of arranging and searching them. You can create workspaces, a quick way of creating and viewing drafts with an associated set of tags. Because they are stored in pure text, i.e., don’t support embedding objects like images, they are very economical in storage. This makes Drafts a convenient text note-taking app, one that should scale to thousands — even tens of thousands — of notes. Drafts is one of the most powerful Markdown editors on iOS. That may be the key to whether you will like it, or not, but it is worth considering both the economy and flexibility of composing notes in Markdown. Synchronized storage of drafts is via iCloud, but Drafts makes it easy to export individual notes to all the major cloud services. Drafts overcomes an iOS limitation that stops taking dictation after about 45 seconds. In Drafts you can turn on dictation and dictate to your heart’s content. This is a very convenient way of inputting, especially if you are using an iPhone, and far more usable that my experience with handwriting recognition. The latest versions have an Apple Watch complication that allows me to dictate drafts on my watch, and which can then be saved with a pre-defined tag. I find that I am using this quite frequently. A missing feature has been lack of support for macOS, but it looks like this will change in the very near future. This is an example of one of the strengths of the subscription model, IF the developer honors it: the ongoing revenue makes it possible for the developer to invest in future enhancements. Agile Tortoise has always developed very clever software, and they have been refining and adding substantive new features. So, I am finding Drafts 5 is moving into that zone of frequently used app that is becoming increasingly indispensable. The basic, free version will get you started and to get a flavor of how things work, but I think the “Pro” (subscription) version is what you will want to make this an essential app. So, there may be a chicken-and-the-egg challenge. If you hate Markdown or need to embed images or other non-text objects, this won’t be for you. My own experience has been that the developer, Agile Tortoise, is in the business for the long run and can be counted on to produce exceptionally solid apps.
  • Why a subscription?

    By Axominster
    I understand the point of subscriptions. You pay monthly for something that has a constant cost. Electricity, food, printed magazines, water, etc. In those cases, the consumer uses a product and the company must create new product and therefore the consumer must pay again. I don’t understand this new trend of paying for a subscription just to use software. Why would I continue to pay for this app over and over again? And once I stop paying, it’s not mine anymore. This makes no sense. Why would I “subscribe” to my computer, allowing Mac to own it, and the second I’m done, they come take it away? Why would I subscribe to use my sunglasses and then turn them in once I’m done paying a monthly fee for them? Why would I subscribe to a digital download of the avengers movie and keep paying monthly so that I can keep it? I wouldn’t. In all these cases I would pay once for the product then it is mine. So why would I pay for this app once, then continue to give the developer money just to use it. I’m not wanting to RENT the app. I want to BUY IT! Develop your app, sell the app, and fix bugs as you go for free because the buyer paid for a working app that should be free of bugs. Don’t fall victim to this practice. Don’t subscribe to this. Think of all the things in your life you wouldn’t have if you had to keep paying for them or you lose them.
  • Subscription Unnecessary, Charge Higher 1 Time Fee

    By robjeff76
    First off, I agree with user Passport53’s review Apr 25. I have been a long time user of the Drafts App beginning about 7 years or so ago, & a huge fan of Drafts 4. I was disappointed when Drafts 5 was released & established a continuing subscription fee to use the features that make the app great. I completely understand the need to make an income to support the time & effort you put into the app, & even make a good profit, but to have a continuing fee of $20/yr. (07/30/18), is a bit out there. If I use the Drafts 5 for the amount of time I’ve been using the entire ‘Drafts’ app, it will cost me $160 or $.055/day. Compared that to the cost of purchasing all the various Drafts apps, with upgrades which comes out to about $60 or $.023/day. I would rather Agile Tortoise charge a one time upgrade fee at a higher price point instead of the subscription route. The Drafts franchise of apps have been very will built, & the UI is one of the best out there, it’s just the price point aspect that makes my review not totally awesome.
  • Fewer functions, much higher price.

    By Dnheller
    I’ll stick with previous version. Ridiculous annual pricing for the few custom actions that I (rarely) use. Edit: down to one star from two because just realized, it seems to lack the Create Event action that was in the previous version. I rely on that. More money for less functionality? No thanks. After previous version is longer supported or working in new iOS versions, I’ll move to another tool.
  • Top iOS app

    By rlbroke
    I’ve been using Drafts for a long time now. Just switched to version 5 and subscribed to the Pro thing and am so excited. This new version is great. It took what I loved about the previous versions and upped it. Less then $2/month. Awesome. I use this for everything. It’s my input into Todoist, Fantastical, journaling etc. I highly recommend it. It’s one of the best quality apps out there.
  • Dictation on the fly

    By Chef Benny
    It’s like a video game for productivity nerds. Getting it set up takes a little bit of patience but then it it will streamline your workflow. It’s completely customizable to what you want to do. I use it to make lists and random thoughts using the dictation from my Apple Watch it works amazingly well. I transfer the list into Apple Reminders. For the recipes notes and archive I sync to Evernote. Community support for this app really makes it something better than expected. Thanks to the team that put this app together including people like David Sparks, Federico Viticci, and of course Mac power users podcast.
  • Cool

    By NityanandaChandra
    I never really tried the app’s features but I really like that I can put text on my Apple Watch to read.
  • Go to app

    By MSPreach70
    One of my most used apps. Love the versatility.
  • No good

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