Agile Tortoise has released Drafts 5, a full rewrite of the company’s very popular quick note taking app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The new version expands on the classic Drafts 4 experience with improved editing tools, tappable task marks for creating shopping lists and other quick tasks, and deeper customizability through app-wide themes and custom icons. The new version also provides better ways to organize information in Drafts, such as tagging, workspaces, next-previous navigation, and a new “Focus Mode,” and improves capture with SiriKit integration, allowing notes to be created in Drafts right from a “Hey Siri” command. Action and scripting capabilities have also been significantly enhanced, allowing for more advanced workflows. A full list of what’s new is available on the company’s website.
Drafts was originally launched in 2012 as an app focused on allowing users to quickly capture information on the go without having to worry about where to put it. Drafts entries can then be organized later using a wide array of “actions” to send captured text to email, messages, calendar entries, and note-taking apps, as well as a variety of cloud and social media services. Drafts 5 has been released as an entirely new app, separate from Drafts 4, which also still remains available on the App Store. Drafts 5 offers the ability to create and sync unlimited content and perform actions for free, while advanced features such as themes, icon customization, action editing, and workspaces require a $2/month “Drafts Pro” subscription, with a seven-day free trial available. Drafts 4 remains available on the App Store, and will continue to be supported (and can even be used in parallel with Drafts 5), but will no longer be in active development.