Drafts vs Noteswriter

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Drafts

Category: Note Taking

Industries: Educators, Content Creators, Students

Pricing

Free

Noteswriter

Category: Note Taking

Industries: Educators, Students, Content Creators

Pricing

Free

Pro- $5.99

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Most popular feedback for Drafts

Overall, I love this app. It’s simple and highly customizable. This will definitely change your game in productivity and note-taking.

Madam Miely

About Drafts

Text begins out in drafts. Text may be quickly captured and sent practically anywhere! Drafts is an all-in-one writing automation tool, rapid notebook, and practical editor that transforms text into action with virtually endless possibilities. With just a few taps, you can send all of your writing from Drafts to other apps. Simply launch it and begin to type! Drafts has won numerous awards! ** - TIME Magazine's Best Apps, App of the Day - "Reader's Choice Award" from MacStories Why drafts are great: ## INVEST EVERYWHERE: Drafts starts a new page and has the keyboard open, ready for your words. Alternately, use dictation to work hands-free. Drafts enable you to capture ideas before you forget them, ensuring that they are constantly available. Your text will be available everywhere if you capture it on an Apple Watch, an iPhone, an iPad, a Mac, or any of these devices. THE WORDS YOU CHOOSE Text in Drafts can be copied, shared, or deep linked into other apps and services via actions. Drafts integrates with a ton of your preferred apps and services, so you can write a tweet, draft a message, create a file in Dropbox, or assign a task to Reminders. AVOID FORGETTING IT NOW OR LATER: The Inbox receives new submissions. Once there, you can organize them by tagging them, flagging them for significance, or archiving them for later use. RAISE THE STAGE OF YOUR TEXT: Create a unique look and feel for Drafts by adjusting the interface's many features, including the ability to choose your own fonts and set margins, line heights, and spacing. To swiftly convert, manipulate, and transform your work, use the programmable buttons above the keyboard. Do you use Drafts as your primary mailbox for all of your text? Utilize special features like Link Mode, Arrange Mode, and text manipulation operations to process everything swiftly. UTILISE YOUR WRIST COMPUTER'S POWER: Your ideas will be ready to be developed on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac when you use your Apple Watch to swiftly capture text using only your voice. WORD PUBLISHING HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER: Drafts is similar to post-its updated for the smartphone era because it opens really quickly and supports capture via Siri, the widget, share extension, file import, and dictation.

Most popular feedback for Noteswriter

I’m so very impressed! I suffer from insomnia so at 5:00am Arizona time I downloaded the new update. I was actually excited because I see great things in the horizon from this team. Well, I was sorta hit in the gut when I fired up the application and it immediately shut down. I took action and sent a text to Zendesk, not because of my disappointment but because I could tell by their program description they were very excited also about the release. To my surprise dialogue started immediately ( don’t know where they’re located but maybe they’re early birds) I sent a description of the problem and photos. I sent them so much I thought they would block me, lol. Well this went on for most of the early morning and by now I figured they had to be on break, sleep or eating but was I surprise when I found the new update proudly sitting in the Apple Store this afternoon. NO! I don’t normally write reviews or anything else this long but they truly deserve all the credit I can bolster, I’m sticking with this team! Thank you so much for standing behind your words!

Iskarat

About Noteswriter

Updated! Live Text, Stage Manager, Customizable toolbars, PDF forms, new papers, and templates! Pencil, touch, mouse, and keyboard-friendly! Type, handwrite, annotate, draw, highlight, scan, and record notes. Sign and annotate PDFs. Make notebooks and tree-like creations. Nevertheless. Business workers, students, instructors, writers, doctors, journalists, and academics use Notes Writer to save and produce notes, comments, memos, signed PDFs, papers, highlighted PDF text-books, and more. You can: ANNOTATE PDFs. Sign forms. Write using Apple Pencil (or other styluses) or keyboard Web-clips, graphics, figures, and math calculations in handwritten notes Highlight, strikeout, underline, remarks, voice notes, pencil, ball-pen, stamp, sign... Form-fill. AcroForms PDF support Sign paperwork, contracts, forms Open two PDFs or handwritten notes in split view. Book and paper + PDF/DOC PAGE EDITOR Easily add pages, copy&paste from other documents, rearrange, rotate, or delete them Add new pages from 100s of pre-defined paper styles and sizes. Drag-and-drop app pages Write. Format. Write Everywhere: Use Notes Writer as a stand-alone writing program even if you're offline. Now supports Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard for iPad Create RTF, PDF, LaTeX, and MD documents Highlight, strikethrough, subscript/superscript, alignment, line spacing, first-line indent, page breaks, footnotes, comments, text & paper color Define margins, headers/footers, paper sizes, MLA and APA format Markdown supports tables, footnotes, lists, pictures, links, highlight, strikethrough, superscript and MathML. Characters, words, phrases, lines, Avg. Length, Sentence, and Reading Time Text-to-speech proofreading Dictation lets you talk instead of type Typewriter: Distraction-free writing mode Night mode for nighttime writing Replace Insert arrows, math, bullets/stars, GPS, etc. Supports 30 languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew Tab, delete forward, cursor up/down/left/right, etc. Organize. Find. Unlimited notebooks, folders, and subfolders Organize notebooks and projects into sections, classes, lectures, grades, drafts, folders, chapters, research, etc. Sync notebooks and projects with Scrivener for Mac and Windows. Notebook covers + Scan, research, PDF library PDF reader and manager for reference files, textbooks, ebooks, articles, resources, papers, etc. Scan papers, notes, recipes, tickets, etc. with your iPad/iPhone camera into PDFs. Open PowerPoint, Word, and Excel + EXPORT PDF, HTML, SHARE NOTES Open mail app attachments iCloud, Dropbox, Box, WebDAV, and Google Drive RTF, Markdown, LaTeX,PDF, ePub, HTML, RTFD, TXT, etc. iPad/iPhone to computer Wi-Fi file transfer Zip/email folders/notebooks + Mini-apps Full calendar with writer appointments, reminders, deadlines, etc. Font Book: View and install typefaces (TrueType). Over 120 fonts included! Sketcher: Draw simple graphics by hand Dictionary BE SAFE. PROTECT YOUR WORK WITH AUTOMATIC BACKUPS Passcode-protect your app Password-protect folders and projects Notes and notebooks backed up automatically

Drafts reviews

This app helps one get a lot done on the iPad (or iPhone) that wouldn't be possible otherwise---even the free version. Paying a subscription has been worth it too. You just have to try it to see how it might be useful to you personally and if that justifies the price. I do less with the tag and workspace features than I perhaps could because I tend to use Bear for reference. Fortunately, there are users who know how to script and have come up with actions to make Drafts play well with Bear. Ditto other apps, including email. In the end, Drafts is kind of like a work environment in which one can begin all work with text. It's also good for cleaning up text from other sources. I have loved this app through several versions. One reason, I suspect, is because it continues to test the boundaries of what is possible in iOS. And one can actually customize one's work environment a bit. In other words, the app takes both the operating system and the user seriously. The subscription model has also led to a viable business plan, it seems, whereas I've seen other solid apps go neglected or get killed off for lack of ongoing funding and attention in a constantly changing computing environment and app market.

- Mark Stoneman

I’ve been using drafts since version 4 came out. It changed the way I work, and I love using it to enter and manipulate text. I’ve been playing around with Drafts 5 and the app is amazing. There’s so much power in the free app, and the pro subscriptions adds some great options for power users. Thing is, I’m not a power user, but I’m more than willing to pay for the features I use. My biggest issue is that I dislike and avoid app subscriptions. I like that when I pay for an app, even if the company disappears tomorrow, I can continue to use the app for years to come. I’m also not thrilled that dark mode is behind the subscription wall, I’d pay a few dollars to have a dark mode, I find it much easier on my eyes, but can’t justify the subscription just for dark mode, since it’s the only tool I would use from the subscription. Fortunately, I can continue using drafts 4 with its dark mode. Sure, I’ll miss out on all the new features in the free app, but that’s how much I dislike day mode. Just writing this review is burning my eyes. But my issues say nothing about the app itself which is wonderful. Definitely give the free mode a spin, and if you like scripting and having full control and aren’t opposed to renting apps, the sub is a great value. But for me it’s less than ideal as it’s currently set up. Hopefully down the line, the developer will consider making dark mode an optional in app purchase for those that don’t or can’t subscribe.

- budexxon

I never thought I needed an app like this, then I hear them talk about it all the time on Mac Power Users and Automators podcast so I thought I would give it a try. It seems overwhelming at first with all of the options but once you configure a few actions you’ll never go back. There is enough free to the app that you could use it without the IAP - I wouldn’t recommend it though, the customizable nature of the app is unlocked when you subscribe. Also, this dude is an indie dev so there isn’t multi unicorn level of funding keeping this product alive - you’re literally making this viable for him, so hit subscribe - you’ll thank me later. Also, the quick dictate function on the watch is a GAME CHANGER. Tap the complication, tap the microphone and record your thought. Then when you have time to process, open the app on your iPhone/Mac and manipulate the text with the actions. It literally lets you dump what you’re thinking into an app with the least amount of friction. The best part is the text isn’t stuck in this app, which is the whole point. Give it a go!

- Kguy18

Noteswriter reviews

I have been trying to find an App that worked better with PDF annotation (in addition to being good at note taking), but one HUGE drawback of other note taking Apps (i.e. Goodnotes, Flexcil, Nebo, Notability) is that every file has to be imported to be used, and therefore becomes a duplicate, non-sycronized file (not a big deal if you just use it for notes only). Well, NotesWriter fixes that! All files can be saved natively in the iPad Files folder and useable by any PDF program, not just Noteswriter. To me that makes NotesWriter a perfect combination of Goodnotes and PDF Viewer. Considering other PDF Apps charge a subscription, this feels like a steal. You even get a lasso/clipping tool, the ability to scan pages in, and a ton of page templates (all of which most free PDF Apps don’t have). PDF Expert and PDF viewer are the most similar, and but this is slightly better than those if you want note taking abilities. Note to Developers: The layout/user interface could still be improved: if the toolbar was customizable (like PDF Expert), if the view layout was more full screen (neither Reader or Presentation mode are as good as PDF Viewer’s layout), and if the handwriting had a simple zoom feature and was recognizable (like Goodnotes). Great job!

- jaggner

Wow! Where should I begin? This is the best note taking app ive ever had! You can do everything on it! It’s works with the Apple Pencil perfectly. It’s the most best ever! For anyone that is reading this and have not downloaded it yet, well you really need to get it. I went to school and wrote down my notes (also yes we are allowed to take our iPads with Apple Pencil to school and write down notes instead of using a note book) on my iPad and my teacher goes “oh what app is that I’ve been looking at your iPad all day and wondering what app the is cause I really need it!” And told her and she went to her desk got her iPad and downloaded it! (Everyone in my class has this app on there iPad to use it and take down notes) this is just the best app ever! I love it

- New York Girl!

I really like this app and how easy it is to use. I often take notes in class and my hands get tired pretty fast so I tried finding solutions by using this app. I am a really fast typer on my iPad so I would take notes here during zoom.(temporary thing since eventually we will all return to school in person) I am planning to use this during class and I have only tried doing some samples to make sure this works and it does! I am happy it’s free unlike some apps, and I really recommend this. The only con would be that I wish there were more fonts. Other than that it’s really great.

- jsidoiidid

Pros & cons

Drafts

Pros
Syncs on both iPhone and Macbook
Different markdown support and even JavaScript
Workspaces
Cons
It tends to freeze when sharing large files
Simplify feature deletes important information
Only available for apple devices

Noteswriter

Pros
Share & Sync feature
Automatic Backups
Merge documents
Cons
Cutting function ineffecient
Adding pages takes up a bit of time
Free version very limited

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