Drafts vs Penultimate

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Drafts

Category: Note Taking

Industries: Educators, Content Creators, Students

Pricing

Free

Penultimate

Category: Note Taking

Industries: Educators, Content Creators, Students

Pricing

Free

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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 Penultimate

Even a technophile can miss the tactile feeling of writingon occasion — or maybe you’re still one of those people who writes faster than he types. In either case, Penultimate is a good solution for users who miss taking notes, doodling in the margins or drawing the occasional diagram for guidance. You can organize your thoughts into several notebooks with an infinite amount of pages. You can share notes via e-mail or send them to your Kindle, Dropbox or Evernote account. Your notes will be better looking if you use an optional stylus. 99 cents, for the iPad.

Hayley Tsukayama

About Penultimate

The iPad has the best digital handwriting. Penultimate combines the efficiency of Evernote's sync and search with distraction-free, natural handwriting and sketching. Take notes during meetings or classes, keep a notebook, or sketch out your next big idea while you're at work or traveling. Penultimate improves the productivity of using a pen and paper right away. IMPROVED INK AND PAPER Ink, whether it's black or colorful, makes notes and drawings seem amazing. Our inking technology creates pen strokes that appear natural, and Wrist Protection shields writers of all grips from errant markings. To make custom paper, select from a variety of paper styles or import a picture. HARDWARE AND STYLUS BUILT TOGETHER We collaborated closely with Adonit to develop the first real precision-point stylus, the Jot Script Evernote Edition, which is the pen we've always desired. Penultimate interacts seamlessly with the stylus, and the two work together to create the ideal experience for digital handwriting. It's comparable to writing with your preferred pen. presently accessible on the Evernote Market. Your writing progresses along with you. You may easily work on any area of the page with Penultimate. Simply pinch in and start writing to close the distance to a certain area of the paper. The page will move with you when Penultimate's Drift feature is activated, dynamically adjusting to the rate you are working at. CONNECT TO EVERNOTE AND SYNC To arrange your Penultimate notes into notebooks that are divided by topic, project, or category, sign in to your Evernote account from the Penultimate app. Your Penultimate notes are immediately synced to Evernote so you can access and share them from any device. QUICKLY FIND WHAT YOU NEED Penultimate makes it simple to discover the notes you need, regardless of how you choose to arrange your work. Penultimate processes your notes so that you may use the app to look up handwritten material. You can add, remove, duplicate, and rearrange the pages in your notebooks whatever you wish in order to save and browse your work there. IMPROVE PENULTIMATE'S POWER It costs nothing to download and use Penultimate. For larger uploads and many more fantastic features, combine it with Evernote Premium or Evernote Plus. Two choices for subscription: Evernote Premium can be purchased monthly for $7.99 or yearly for $69.99. Evernote Plus is available for $3.99 a month or $34.99 a year.

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

Penultimate reviews

Penultimate, used in conjunction with Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro 9.7, is hard to beat. It literally looks like i am using a sheet of paper and a pen to take notes in a notebook. I wish that it had sub folders for the notebooks as this would greatly help organize my thoughts when writing novels. Right now, I am using penultimate to create a children's book for my son. Using Procreate, Pencil, and the Smart Keyboard, it is the most seamless creating tool i have ever used. Granted, I haven't used this app with any other stylus. I have used other note taking apps with other styli and I have to say that Apple Pencil is the best ever. So maybe it is the pencil that makes this app so great. I have not yet felt the need to try any other note taking app because Penultimate satisfies most of my needs. Four stars because it meets those needs. I'm not feeling pressed to buy anything. Highly recommend in conjunction with pencil.

- rmo5008

I use this app every morning for journaling and note taking for 4 months now. As a whole The app works pretty well, especially with the Apple Pen. There are a couple very annoying features though that brought me to write this review. 1. When I pop between apps by swiping up in the iPad (like readings I am going through), when I come back to this app it will sometimes put me back 2-3 pages in my notes from where I left off. This happens about 60% of the time and really gets annoying when you have to keep popping back and forth. 2. You can’t rearrange anything for better organization. Or at least I haven’t found a way and have looked for a long while. What I mean is, you can create folders to house similar documents but you can’t rearrange the order of the folders so that the most commonly used or similar topics would be grouped by each other. They just become scattered without any rhyme or reason. Also heaven forbid you spend an hour taking notes on something in the wrong folder/location, which I have done a couple times now. And that is unfortunately now where those documents live. There is no way of moving it to the correct folder, which in my opinion is almost a deal breaker for a note taking app. If this is possible it is not easily found in the app.

- Billy76856

It's good but I keep finding things I wish it did I use penultimate to take notes for my classes on my iPad Pro. It's nice to just be able to write, not type notes. But it's not perfect. The two major things I wish it did was zoom in on pictures. I often times insert screen shots from PowerPoint or online and when I go back to review my notes I am always trying to use two fingers to zoom in on the picture which is just a feature the app does not do. I also wish it allowed me to arrange my notes in whatever order I want. I have my app organized so that each class gets its own 'noteboook' but when I open the notebook I don't get organize the 'sub notebooks' in my own order, the app automatically organizes them in order of most recently opened. My other big compliment and this one is really annoying! When I double tap my home button to switch between apps to say take a screen shot and then go back to penultimate the app opens at a page 2-3 pages above where I left it. This is probably the most disruptive feature the app is lacking to note taking in class. Maybe Evernote can make this happen in the next update. I really hope so! This app has so much potential and with a little more care it could be perfect

- kbearOSU

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

Penultimate

Pros
Simple
Beautiful design
Ink looks great
Cons
Landscape view is awkward to use
No pinch to zoom functionality
Sub notebooks are hard to organize

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