Draft 5 is now available. Drafts 4 is still supported but not in active development. Please look for the free download of Drafts 5 using the developer link on this page, or visit getdrafts.com for more details.
NOTE: Drafts 5 is now available. Visit getdrafts.com/upgrade for details.
- **New:** Support for new watch face complication types on the latest Apple Watches.
- **New:** Support for the newest iPad screen sizes.
Ratings and Reviews
Good, but missing a piece
Drafts 4 is missing one critical function, but it has satisfied a good chunk of my basic writing needs until now. Clean interface, useful special keyboard row, works well with Apple wireless keyboard. I have tried more than a dozen writing apps, including some of the pricier offerings, but Drafts 4 and 1Writer lead my list. Drafts is not a publishing tool, but it presents a full list of fonts, while 1Writer's developers short-changed that app with fewer than 20 typefaces — about one-third of which are monospace; go figure. So I have used Drafts 4 regularly. My one major criticism of Drafts 4 is the absence of a Search function. For me, this omission weakens the app for pieces any longer than a page. I'm switching to Drafts 5, which has Search and Search-and-Replace, and I'll probably buy the Pro version for its enhanced interface and extra tools. (Hey, the subscription model is the only way professional developers can economically justify long-term support and continued app enhancements. Yes, I like one-and-done software purchases, too, but I also like my software to be supported for many years. The subscription model helps with this, and it is here to stay. If you write daily, as I do, what is a $20 annual subscription? It's a nickel a day — or a half-ounce of your venti Pike Place.)
My Most Used App
Obviously I'm in the minority because I do not use the popular markdown features but it is great for jotting down quick notes that one can save or send as emails, messages, social media posts and even add tasks to Omni Focus. You can use it as a search engine, dictionary, thesaurus, and in conjunction with other apps to create larger, more elaborate compositions. Drafts is really very versatile and there is really no other app that can currently match Draft's abundance of features. The app is also universal which is a huge plus if you toggle back and forth, like myself, between my iPhone 8 and iPad Pro. *UPDATE: Already a whole year since the last review and still, as always, this app is best in class and I try new productivity/note/journal/ writing apps on almost a daily basis and run them through all of the important tests and use Drafts as the measuring rod. For big epic ramblings you want to jot out before sending it as text to be formatted elsewhere or simple notes, messages, emails, social media posts and todos, Drafts has you covered. The keyboard is best in class as well and for those that don’t want to be distracted by toggling around for characters, this keyboard beats them all.
My Poker Dealer
This app is my main driver! I use it for everything. It’s so versatile, especially coupled with TextExpander. Much like a card dealer, it captures everything in one hand (metaphor) and deals the cards of information wherever they need to go. All my personal clubs and professional meeting notes, conversation logs, text messages originate from here. And when my meetings have Tasks that need to move to my task manager software, I use it for that too.
It’s MUCH faster than Evernote in creating and formatting a note (using markdown feature to make it pretty). So, I craft my notes here and then send them to Evernote as my repository.
As a person that uses an IPad for most of the day (recording meeting notes, crafting proposals, managing tasks and scheduling meetings), I’d say that Drafts is a must have app for productivity. I’ll bet I’m only using 50% of what its capable of doing. It’s on my phone and iPad Dock because its so useful.
- Agile Tortoise
- 96.1 MB
- Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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- In-App Purchases
- Charitable Tip $4.99
- Appreciative Tip $0.99
- Generous Tip $2.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.