Capture notes quickly with Drafts [50 Essential iOS Apps #5]

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Drafts is where writing starts, before moving on to its final destination.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: Drafts 5 note taking and writing app While there are dozens of note-taking and writing apps available on iOS, few strike the balance of rich features and simple design the way Drafts does. Whether you’re looking for a quick way to digitally jot down a passing thought, take notes in a meeting, or store an address or phone number, the Drafts app makes it easy to quickly capture text before taking action.

Last chance: Organize your writing process with Scrivener 2 [Deals]

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Keep your writing process in check with this fast-escaping deal on Scrivener 2.
Keep your writing process in check with this fast-escaping deal on Scrivener 2.
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You, dear reader, only have a few days left to get in on the award-winning Mac app that can reinvent your writing process. Spend enough time putting words to screen and you’ll discover how easily distracting the computer can be, between keeping track of notes and research, draft versions, interviews, and all those tabs of half-read articles..

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Text editor apps are an important part of any writer's workflow. These are currently the top candidates for Mac owners.
Text editor apps are an important part of any writer's workflow. These are currently the top candidates for Mac owners.
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How to use two powerful tools to collaborate on writing projects

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Literature... and latte. Photo illustration Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

 

These days you can easily share data and collaborate on almost anything, from Rdio playlists to photo streams. But when it comes to plain old written text, your options are terrible. You’re pretty much caught between working on a shared file in Google Docs or shuttling versions of your work back and forth via email. Add more than one collaborator and this becomes a total nightmare.

Thankfully, tools exist to smooth the process of collaborating on writing projects. I’m currently editing the second draft of a novella, and I’m looking for a way to work with “beta” readers. I’m testing several pieces of software, and so far one called Draft is in the lead. Not only does it let you share a document with other people, it lets the team comment on any part of the source document and also allows them to edit a copy. Then, when they submit their versions, you can preview any changes before accepting or rejecting them.

Better still, because Draft can sync with a document in Dropbox (as well as several other cloud services), you can sync the edits from your beta team with a local app, like Scrivener. Here’s what you need to make the collaborative magic happen.