Notebook – Notes,To-do,Journal vs Drafts

Side-by-side comparison of features, reviews, pricing and more

Notebook – Notes,To-do,Journal

Category: Note Taking
Industries: Students, Businesses, Professionals

Drafts

Category: Note Taking
Industries: Educators, Content Creators, Students

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Free

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Notebook – Notes,To-do,Journal reviews

Perfect. No annoyongly placed ads. I can put photos and make lists and have checkboxes. I can organize notes by putting them in notebooks. Those are all what im looking for, and all of that is here + there are so many extra features that are very nice to have like text formatting and inserting tables.

- LJ Roca

Almost great but the UI can still improve. The way the notes were displayed is quite unattractive for me. Maybe because I'm used to note displays on squares with curved edges. It's quite hassle also to individually open the notes so I'd request a feature where we can instead swipe to view multiple notes per notebook altogether. Unlimited notebooks, backup & restore feature, and the search function as well as the editing options for notes are a big plus though.

- Antoinette Rubi

Overall, it's a good note app in general. I tend to switch between devices, so I can continue with writing everything down, although there some issues with some notebook covers doesn't fully load when using another device. And this might be a minor issue, but there are times that the covers momentarily glitch out and the quote and brackets tend to overlap when they're supposed to be separate from each other. With some minor tweaks and adjustments, it's a solid note app. Keep it up!

- Rochester Colden

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

Pros & cons

Notebook – Notes,To-do,Journal

Pros
No annoyingly placed ads
Easy to use
Simple and organized

Cons
UI needs improvement
Features are too basic

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

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