Drafts 5 for iOS, Quickly Capture Text to Save, Copy, Share or Deep Link into Other Apps and Services

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In this podcast, Lysette Chaproniere gives us an in-depth walk-through of Drafts 5, a feature rich and powerful text capturing tool for iOS.

This is just some of how the its developer describes the app:

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Drafts 5 is a free download from the App Store; with a monthly or annual subscription available to unlock some features.

For a comprehensive review of Drafts 5 and what's new and changed from the previous version, you may find this Mac Stories review helpful.

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1 Comment

#1 Fantastic

hey Lysette Chaproniere,
Great staff.
Thanks for the walk through. As a person who is considering opening a blog, drafts 5 will be my default text editor app.
Thanks again,
With regards.
Freeman.