Drafts: Home Base For Your Mobile Notes


I love apps for taking notes. But after adopting Evernote and Simplenote/Notational Velocity as my primary digital note taking platforms, I thought there was no room (or need) for anything else.

But a friend told me about Drafts. I’d heard about it but thought it was yet another digital note taking app. Wow, was I wrong!

Drafts is deceptively simple yet powerful. Consider it like a launching base for sending your information elsewhere. First, Drafts launches lightning-fast on my iPhone and straight into note-taking mode. It is much faster to launch and start typing a note here than in, say, Evernote. Second, it allows you to send a note from the Drafts app to other apps such as Dropbox, Evernote, email, SMS messages and more. If you are thinking (like I did at first), “Why would I want to do that?”—just use it awhile and it will start to make perfect sense. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

The Drafts website has a ton of “Actions” that you can grab to customize your own Drafts app. One of my favorites is appending new text to an existing Evernote file.

For HTML geeks, Drafts also supports Markdown code.

After trying Drafts, it earned a coveted spot on my iPhone’s launch bar. I use it all the time now to capture information on the go.

Cost: $2.99 for the iPhone app; $3.99 for the iPad app

Brandon Uttley is a seasoned web marketing and public relations professional with three decades of experience.

Currently, he is CEO of Go For Launch, which provides marketing strategy and communications support to companies ranging from startups to established entities.

Prior to his current roles, Uttley cofounded and was CEO of Command Partners, a digital marketing agency. He also confounded and was president of carbonhouse, inc., a nationally recognized web design firm.

Uttley also served as director of public relations at Luquire George Andrews for five years, and an account manager at Epley Associates/Public Relations for three years. Brandon was the 2009 president of the Charlotte chapter of Public Relations Society of America, and he is an accredited member of PRSA National.

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