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Drafts (Legacy Version)

When all you need is a digital notepad for quick notes and text drafts, nothing beats this

Drafts 4 is the best app for quickly capturing notes and other moments of writing inspiration before they get away

Drafts (Legacy Version)

by Agile Tortoise
Useful keyboard shortcuts
$4.99 in the App Store

Drafts 4 is the best app for quickly capturing notes and other moments of writing inspiration before they get away.

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Useful keyboard shortcuts. Drafts 4 is mostly seen as a notepad for quick notes, but there are times when it is appropriate to use it for longer pieces. When this time comes, the keyboard extension that the app has comes in handy. You get access to many commonly used Markdown formatting options, as well as other actions that come in handy when writing something down. The keyboard extension is also customizable, in case you want to get rid of functions you know you won't ever use and want to reduce clutter.

Useful keyboard shortcuts
Take action on text

Take action on text. With Drafts 4, users can quickly jot down notes or begin drafting out longer pieces to do something with later. The best part about Drafts is the fact that while you mostly use it as a notepad or text editor, you can perform a lot of different actions with the text once it is in the app. For example, you can draft something out and then launch it in your favorite text editor for further editing, or you can store it in Day One as a journal entry. Or perhaps you just jot down an address and time for your next meeting — this information can be sent directly over to Fantastical. No matter what the text is, Drafts 4 lets you do a ton of different things with it. Flexibility is the name of the game with Drafts 4.

What is it about?

Drafts 4 is a great little app for those moments when you need to jot down a quick note or want to start on a draft for a longer piece. Drafts launches quickly and is ready to capture your text the moment it launches, and there is a keyboard extension that packs in a lot of Markdown shortcuts and features to make it easy to write. Once your text is in Drafts, you can then take further action with it by sending it off to another app for editing, or you can share it with others, or even just use it for rapidly saving event information for your calendar — the possibilities are endless with Drafts. Plus, you can customize the appearance of Drafts to how you like it, and there are a ton of settings that can be changed to make the app yours. It’s a great way to get notes down quickly or just start writing when the right moment hits you. All of your notes are saved through iCloud as well, so you can access them even if you took no action yet.

For those who...

  • Need to quickly jot down notes
  • Want a fast-launching app for writing down something when inspiration hits
  • Prefer to write down text and then take action later

Not for those who...

  • Don't need a fast note-taking app
  • Prefer to take action on text now
  • Want to edit existing text files

Why we love it

Drafts 4 is a great app for quickly grabbing notes or starting drafts for longer think-pieces. It's fast, highly customizable, and has a ton of useful features and action shortcuts.

App Details

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Last updated
June 13, 2019
Release date
October 15, 2014
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Drafts (Legacy Version) is $4.99 but there are more add-ons

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App Store Description

A newer version of Drafts is now available. Drafts 4 is still supported but not in active development. Please look for the free download of the latest version of Drafts using the developer link on this page, or visit for more details.

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