If anyone's ever said "QUICK jot this down", and you went for pen and paper before your iPhone because you weren't immediately sure where to type (I nervously default to the universal search bar), then DraftPad is for you.
What is it?
DraftPad, iPhone, Free. It's not a note-filing app (like, say, Evernote or Simplenote) so much as a note-taking app or a scratchpad. Basically the appeal is thus: DraftPad gives you a super fast, no frills place to start tapping out a note whenever it hits you. You don't have to worry about which note you're typing in or where it's filed — just type. Then, once you've got the idea down, you can decide what to do with it via a variety of "assists", shortcuts that let you send the text to an email, tweet, various updates, other apps (like Evernote) etc. There's a history button, too, for going back and viewing all your notes, whether you've assisted them elsewhere or not.
Who's it good for?
People who take notes. People who have a perhaps irrational but nevertheless identifiable aversion to the default iPhone notes app. People who have trouble figuring out where to take a note on their iPhone in the first place and people who have trouble putting those notes to use somewhere else one they take 'em.
Why's it better than alternatives?
Even with the super-simple Simplenote, I find myself spending a few seconds dawdling as a figure out which in my meticulous hierarchy of lists is appropriate for the note I have to jot. DraftPad puts the note before everything else, and then lets you worry about what you wanna do with it. And, hey, free!
How could it be even better?
It's still a little rough around the edges, and while it's nice that there are so many "assists" available, there are so many granular ones preinstalled — "Tweet with Twitter (Safari)", "Tweet with Twitterific", "Tweet with Echofon" — that it can be a bit daunting finding the one you want at first. Also, throwing stuf like "About" and "Black Theme" in the assist list is cool for simplicity's sake, but not as cool for the sake of offering a coherent user experience.
DraftPad, Free | iTunes
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