Drafts 3: One Hell of a Notepad

[Federico Viticci has a very detailed review][1] of what is new in Drafts 3.0. I haven’t used the app, but to call it a scratchpad any longer is really unfair. There is a tremendous amount of power in Drafts — one could spend months in the app configuring it. I have a lot of respect…

[Federico Viticci has a very detailed review][1] of what is new in Drafts 3.0. I haven’t used the app, but to call it a scratchpad any longer is really unfair. There is a tremendous amount of power in Drafts — one could spend months in the app configuring it.

I have a lot of respect for the work that has gone into Drafts, but I just need the scratchpad, so [Scratch][2] it is for me. I’ve come to realize I am just not a person that wants to, or needs to, use apps on my iPhone to do all sorts of crazy other stuff. It makes it too complicated for me to think about and adds too much cruft and not enough just doing.

I don’t do much work on my iPhone any more — that’s been off loaded to my iPad(s). So when I pull out my iPhone there is a specific thing I want to do:

– Check App.net
– Post to App.net
– Check Email
– Send an email
– Add a task to OmniFocus
– View tasks, or mark tasks off
– And much more

My point is: I know what I am doing when I grab my iPhone, so why not just use the actual app. If I use it often it’s already on my homescreen. This is why Launchpad, Drafts, Triage, and other apps really didn’t stick for me. That’s not to say those aren’t great apps, but they tend to add too much cruft for me to stick with them very long.

[1]: http://www.macstories.net/reviews/drafts-3-review-better-ios-automation-and-workflows/
[2]: http://gokarbon.com/scratch/

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