Three reasons to use DraftPad

My favorite note-taking iPhone apps mimic the ease and flexibility of pen and paper. I want to tap, write, close. The problem comes when I want to use the captured information. DraftPad solves the problem with clever, customizable “Assists,” while making data entry super simple. Here are three reasons to use DraftPad.

1. No frills. DraftPad dispenses with the bells and whistles and offers two things at launch: a keyboard and a field of white. To create a new note, simply begin typing. There are five font sizes to choose from, and one tap brings you to a searchable history, sorted by date. Tap, write, close. Exactly what I want.

2. Assists. DraftPad Assists are bookmarks that are opened by the app, letting you move text directly to other apps or with web services via mobile Safari. A huge library of Assists is available, including email, SMS, MMS, add to iCal and several online search options. Twitter support is extensive, including tweeting directly from the app or from a number of 3rd-party apps, like Twitterrific, TwitBird, Twittelator and more.

Best of all, you can publish a note created in DraftPad directly to Evernote, OmniFocus, Facebook and ATOK Pad app.

You can modify any existing Assist or even make your own from scratch. The benefit of Assists can’t be overstated; they send the usefulness of DraftPad through the stratosphere.

3. Universal and free. Occasionally you find an app that’s tremendously useful and completely free. DraftPad is on that list. There’s nothing to lose when giving it a shot and a whole lot to gain.

DraftPad for iPhone might be what I’ve been waiting for

Update: Find my mini review of DraftPad here.

DraftPad is a notebook for the iPhone and iPad. It’s one of many, in fact. What makes it stand out is how easily you can share information you’ve quickly jotted down with Twitter, SMS, email and a whole lot more. Plus, you can extend DraftPad’s usefulness with goodies from the Assist Library (or even write your own).

While I remain unconvinced that an app can capture information more quickly or efficiently than paper and pen, I’m excited by DraftPad’s potential. A problem I’ve always had was that text I’ve captured with iOS isn’t easily put to use (as an email, tweet, etc.). It seems like DraftPad takes care of that.

I’ll be using it in earnest for a week, and then I’ll write it up. See you then.

[Via MacStories]