One of the things that bugs me about Mail on Mac and iPhone is the lack of integration with other apps– Reminders, Notes, and third party to-do apps. That explains why many of us use Mail as a to-do app. That’s just wrong.
Mail is OK for email but why doesn’t the app integrate with anything else? Even Mail on iPhone and iPad does not have the built-in Sharing Pane to add a message to Reminders or a to-do app or task manager. Why is that important? Drafts.
The folks at Mac360 have worked diligently since 2004 to find apps that Apple’s customers and our readers may find useful. Why? The tried and true has benefit, yes, but nothing improves without change. Last week I came across an iPhone and iPad app called Drafts which lets you capture text and sent it almost anywhere.
What’s the big deal? Drafts is like a little digital notebook– a single app where you can write what you’re thinking, what you need to do, or capture any kind of information– and then move it to the app that best handles the details.
Looks familiar, right?
Most Mac, iPhone, and iPad notes apps work much the same way. Where Drafts is different is not in the note taking, but in organizing notes, and putting them into action or a workflow. For that, it excels. Drafts has a time-based new document feature that creates a new document automatically after a period of time has elapsed. So, type out a note, and move on. The note gets saved and a blank note appears minutes later, ready for your next idea, thought, or action.
Instead of opening up multiple apps, one after the other, to do this or that, Drafts becomes the center app that captures whatever you need to do as a note, but easily moves it to other apps.
Drafts integrates well with a very long list of other apps and utilities that likely are already on your iPhone or iPad. Thanks to the Sharing Pane in iOS, whatever note you’ve captured easily migrates to wherever you want it to go– Mail, Messages, Reminders, Dropbox, iCloud, Fantastical, Things, etc.
Now, stop to think about how that improves your workflow. One app, one location, smooth integration with other applications on iPhone and iPad– either immediately or later.
Configurations are straightforward but substantial. There’s even built-in support for TextExpander, and sync with iCloud for Drafts on other devices.
You get all this for free. The Pro upgrade comes with options for themes, special actions, workspaces, and more. Pro is a monthly or annual subscription but does have a seven day trial.
After a week of use I can share with you two major issues. Drafts will disrupt your workflow. If you give it time the disruption is for the better. Drafts does not have a macOS version. Yet. And that disrupts the workflow for those of us who bounced back and forth between devices but would love to have a single app that captures everything and moves it into a workflow with ease.
Just remember the basics. Nothing improves without change. Try-before-you-buy is your friend.