We all have our favorite word processor, whether it be Pages, Microsoft Word, or perhaps Google Docs. Each of these is unique in their own way, and yet they are the same in one respect. Each is stuffed full of features most will never use.
is a new Web app that keeps the number of features to a minimum, while including some unique ones that you probably never thought you’d need. The result is quite promising.
Created by Nathan Kontny, the co-founder of Inkling, and Cityposh, Draft really serves two purposes. First, it is a no nonsense word processor that works on any device. Second, it is a great tool for writers that are in need of professional assistance.
Draft won't be mistaken for anything else on the market. Its minimalistic design combines large plain-text on a simple light-gray background. The non-cluttered screen invites the user to do one thing, and one thing only: to write.
Draft does include formatting tools, but these are hidden away from the main screen. They are provided by Markdown, John Gruber's "easy-to-read and easy-to-write" syntax program that has become quite popular with online writers.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that one of Draft's most promising features is how documents are saved. While Draft does include an auto-save feature like all good word processors should, it also includes the ability to save multiple drafts of the same document on the fly.
Whenever you wish to save a version, simply hit the "Mark Draft" button at the top right of the screen. As more drafts are saved, you can compare the different versions via a progress pane. Best of all, red and green editing marks make it easy to see what changes are made between versions.
Documents created in Draft are exportable as text or HTML. Plus, they can be synced with Dropbox, Evernote, Box, and Google Drive. You can also ask others to edit your documents. This is done by handing out a Web address that is unique to the document. When your collaborator is done editing, you'll receive an email alert to accept or reject the changes.
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Finally, it is time to discuss Draft's most unique feature -- its professional editing service.
For as little as $5, a "college educated" staff member "under a strict NDA" will help you edit your document. If you aren't happy with the results, Kontny promises "YOU'LL BE REFUNDED IMMEDIATElY."
I am really impressed by this collaboration feature, both in its design, and ease of use. Plus, the price is just right. Professional writers charge $10 for 45 minutes of work, or $5 for a 15 minute block of time.
Draft is a unique new product and one that I plan on using for my writing going forward. Not only is it simple to use, but it is absolutely free. To begin using Draft, go here
and start writing!