The D post for #26Tech A-Z Challenge profiles my favourite writing app on the iPAD – Drafts. Due to timing, this post is also Week 14 for the year-long #52Tech series.
Drafts includes Markdown support, and copious export abilities and social media integration for any notes created.
Drafts for iPad
Drafts by Agile Tortoise, provides a very simple launch-and-start-typing app for iOS. You don’t need to make decisions about titles, filenames or folders, just start typing a new note, and it will save automatically.
Where Drafts really makes waves is with the flexible options for both creating and exporting/sending the draft notes, the later with multiple integrated services or actions available.
Writing with Drafts
Drafts text editing functions offer a normal and enhanced keyboard with Markdown support. Markdown usage provides simple heading and text styles, plus MMD – which supports tables and image insertions; with a preview option in-app. (Want to learn more about Markdown? See my post on this).
iOS Reminders can also be useful as inputs through Drafts – you can create a Draft note via Siri in this fashion.
Outputting Standard Options
Built into Drafts are some stunning output options – send emails, tweets, Facebook updates, SMS/Messages; or create calendar events from the drafts. And – send to Dropbox or Evernote options.
Emails, Dropbox and Evernote output can be configured with actions too.
Actions for Output Options
Actions can be setup to create a new note in a specific folder, or append or prepend to existing notes in Dropbox, email or Evernote. Templates can be setup for these actions quite easily.
From the downloadable actions found in the online Action Directory, drafts can also be integrated with other popular apps and websites such as OmniFocus, Things, Tweetbot, Byword, Fantastical, Calendar5, Day One , Notesy or WhatsApp, among many others.
It comes with integration for Text Expander Touch snippets and Terminology (the popular dictionary app by Agile Tortoise), an extended keyboard, and action-integration with many other apps, services and social media such as Dropbox and Evernote.
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