Drafts 5

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While not de­signed for long-form writ­ing, Drafts 5 is ca­pa­ble of that. It’s also good for to-do lists, quick thoughts, or jot­ting down ideas.

Drafts is now free, and has an up­dated ed­i­tor, tag­ging, Siri in­te­gra­tion, tap­pable task check marks and im­prove­ments to the ar­range mode, which lets you re­or­gan­ise blocks of text us­ing drag and drop. A Pro sub­scrip­tion (US$1.99 monthly or US$19.99 an­nu­ally) un­locks ad­vanced fea­tures like themes, cus­tom icons, edit­ing ac­tions and more.

Our favourite new fea­ture has to be tags; rather than or­gan­ise con­tent by fold­ers, Drafts 5 lets you add cus­tom tags to notes, mak­ing it a snap to find some­thing. (You can also do this in bulk by se­lect­ing mul­ti­ple notes.)

Drafts 5 in­te­grates well with Sir­iKit; in other apps Siri stops lis­ten­ing after about 45 sec­onds, but the devel­oper has cir­cum­vented this, so you can dic­tate for min­utes at a time.

Con­sid­er­ing all the po­ten­tial in­put meth­ods, it’s sur­pris­ing to find there’s no di­rect im­port, par­tic­u­larly from Ap­ple Notes, but this is a small quib­ble, since notes can eas­ily be shared with­out styling.

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