Here’s an app that cobbles together just the right blend of features and functionality– actions– to make drafting ideas and notes easy, fast, and instantly shareable with others, without having to think about how to do it.
Better Than Siri?
The reason I think the Drafts app is the second easiest way to capture ideas and notes is because I believe that voice capture is the future way to communicate with our mobile devices.
Siri can take dictation, but doesn’t yet have the built-in hooks to do much with your ideas or notes.
Voice Memo or any of a few dozen audio notes apps can capture ideas, but also don’t have the built-in actions we’d like to see in Siri.
Drafts does. Open Drafts on your iPhone and it’s ready for you to enter text. The note is blank and ready to receive your inspiration, list items, or take notes.
You won’t have to wade through photos, find a New Notes button, or even select a category. Drafts is ready to, well, take a draft.
Now, this is where Drafts gets really interesting.
Save notes to Dropbox, preview as a Markdown document, send as a text message, email, or post to Facebook or Twitter.
Wait. There’s more! Drafts has an iPad version which syncs your notes between devices. You don’t need to bother with saving. Whatever you type is saved automatically.
The built-in actions make it easy to save as, share with, move to Evernote, print, export, and more. You can also use different fonts, type in landscape mode using the extended keyboard, and keep track of live character and word counts.
Drafts even works with TextExpander to increase your note taking speed, and you can setup actions to create a single tap option for preconfigured recipients and templates.
Whoa. I know. Cool, right? All that’s missing is a Mac version. And voice recognition and dictation. Wait. Siri supplies that.