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Is The New Version Of Quick-Input Note-Taking App Scratch Up To Scratch?

August 25, 2012
Just a few days ago, Drafts for iPhone was updated and Drafts for iPad was released. Not long thereafter, Drafts’ main competitor, Scratch, got updated too. A former AppAdvice App of the Week awardee, Scratch is, like the older and apparently more popular Drafts, a quick-input note-taking app. The app lets you write a note and easily send or export it to other apps and services. The new version of Scratch introduces a number of new, useful features. One of these is the new “Open In...” action in the app’s export menu. Now you can open your notes in any supported iOS app, including but certainly not limited to Pages, Evernote, and iA Writer. You can now also put your snippets to good use in Scratch with its newly added support for TextExpander. [caption id="attachment_332806" align="aligncenter" width="637"] Scratch[/caption] Also newly added in the app is support for its own URL scheme. Ideal for use in apps like Launch Center Pro, Scratch’s URL scheme allows the following URL structures:
  • ”scratch://" to launch the app
  • “scratch://new" to open the app with a blank note
  • "scratch://new?text=anything" to open the app with a pre-populated note
One of the most notable advantages of using Scratch over Drafts is the former’s deeper integration with Dropbox. Not only does Scratch support saving a note to Dropbox, it also supports appending a note to an existing Dropbox file. And in the latest version of Scratch, saving and appending notes to Dropbox is easier. Now, the most recently accessed Dropbox files and folders are just one tap away. You can now also allow Scratch to auto-name new Dropbox files. Speaking of naming files, default names for new files in Scratch is now timestamp-based, making for easier sorting of notes. Also including a good deal of fixes, the new version of Scratch is available now in the App Store as a free update or as a $2.99 download. So, is the newly updated Scratch up to scratch? I sure think so.

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