Drafts app is like a magical pencil for iOS (iPhone and iPad). It doesn’t draw, rather, it captures notes from your muse.
“A Short Pencil Is Better Than A Long Memory.”
An old aphorism states, “A short pencil is better than a long memory.” The secret to creativity is to capture your ideas, as quickly as possible, before they disappear into the ether. Once you’ve captured a great idea, getting a project started becomes much easier.
Q: When do you do your best visualizations?
For many people, their answer looks something like:
- in the shower
- when I first wake up
- while I’m jogging
- when I’m alone with nature
My iPhone is almost always nearby, so I can quickly capture moments of illumination with the Drafts app.
Plain text and markdown: That’s the ticket. 🙂 The Drafts app has become the starting point of my plain text, markdown workflow. My preference is to use it in landscape mode. I’ve set the apps appearance to a light yellow background and I use the FFTisa font. I’ve set my iPhone documents to automatically sync with the iPad version of Drafts. At my leisure, I’ll briefly edit my best concepts on the iPad before saving them to Dropbox. My best ideas then get fleshed out in Byword or FoldingText on my iMac. One of the beauties of plain text and markdown is that it’s straightforward to move documents between plain text apps.
- capture ideas with Drafts app for iPhone
- iPhone Drafts’ documents sync with the iPad version of Drafts
- edit concepts on the iPad
- save to Dropbox and
- flesh out the best project ideas with FoldingText and the best blog post concepts with Byword.
Draft’s output options are very impressive. I’ve output documents to Agenda, Byword, Day One, HTML, Mail, Markdown, Things and Tweetbot in addition to Dropbox.
Drafts is a great value. Consider investing a couple of bucks so that you’re ready for your Eureka moment. You’ll be glad you did.
It takes a very clever developer to create a simple, straightforward app where everything works in an obvious way.