Quick Look: Drafts for iPad

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Drafts for iPad

Drafts for iPad has just hit the iPad App Store today, and it’s quite a versatile app to have around. There’s been an iPhone version of the app for a few months now – and it has very popular in the productivity apps category. Here’s a little about the app’s uses, via its App Store page:

Drafts is the quick, easy way to capture and share text. In Drafts, text comes first – open the app and get a new, blank draft – ready to type. Don’t get bogged down in a timeline just to tweet or post to Facebook. Don’t tap your way through multiple screens to get down an email or SMS. Don’t navigate folders, create files and name them just to jot down a note or create a todo.

In Drafts you can get that text down quickly and decide what to do with it later. Extensive output options let you send text to Twitter, Facebook, email, SMS, a Calendar event, quickly save it to Dropbox or Evernote – or forward it to a growing list of other Apps such as OmniFocus, Things, Phraseology, The Hit List, Byword, Sparrow and more.

It’s touted as ‘truly where text starts on iOS’. I’ve been using a pre-release version of the app for a few days now and I’m impressed by it.

Drafts for iPad

Here are some of the things I like about Drafts for iPad:

— The app’s UI is very clean and elegant and includes a handy set of special keys just above the top row of the iPad’s keyboard. This is a feature I first saw in the superb iA Writer app (though it’s implemented differently) and it’s extremely helpful to have in any writing app.

— I also like its set of font choices – another key feature for good writing apps.

— It really does get you typing super fast as soon as you open the app or switch back to it.

— The range of output options is excellent. I’m especially glad to see Dropbox, Evernote, Byword, and OmniFocus.

Drafts iPad app

— The app has a good pedigree – as it’s developed by Greg Pierce and Agile Tortoise, makers of the excellent Terminology app , one of my picks for the Best iPad Apps of 2011 list.

Drafts is a simple app, but one that is going to get lots of use on my iPad. Its ease of use, speed, and hooks into some of my favorite and most heavily used apps should make it a real productivity booster for me.

Here’s an App Store link for Drafts for iPad;it’s priced at $2.99.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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