I have been a happy Drafts user on both my iPhone and iPad for many years. When version 5 of Drafts was launch it moved from being a one-off payment to a subscription model which made me stop and think about whether I wanted to signing up to yet another app subscription. I knew I didn’t.
For me there wasn’t a real reason to upgrade as Greg, the developer behind the app, had said that he would continue to support the old version, but it did make me stop and think whether I was getting the most out of Drafts. I decided I wasn’t. I was literally using it as a scratch pad to enter text notes which I would then use in WordPress to start a blog post or maybe send to Evernote. Hardly making the most of a powerful app.
So I had two choices: make better use of Drafts or find an alternative. As it happened as I was considering this I happened upon an article on a new app called Edit. This looks just like Drafts but without all the bells and whistles. All you can do is enter text and when you are done either copy it to the clipboard or share it – the only two actions I ever do in Drafts.
Turns out that simplicity is the key here for me and so I was happy to swap Drafts for Edit and to date I haven’t missed it at all. It might be that you make use of the additional features in Drafts, such as TextExpander support, Markdown and the like but I never did so it was an easy choice.
Edit is a universal app (do we still use that phrase?) and the only feature I would like is sharing of text between the iPhone and the iPad otherwise I am set.
Oh, and did I mention that Edit is free?