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Drafts is Quicksilver for Your iPhone or iPad

Jessica Suarez
Jessica Suarez
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I am still devoted to Quicksilver, even though other, friendlier launchers like Alfred, have overtaken it in the Mac app launcher field. I spend a lot of the time I save using Quicksilver wishing that other applications were as elegant and simple as Quicksilver.

Drafts is a newish iPhone app, and it’s the closest thing I’ve found to Quicksilver for Mac, but for your iPad/iPhone. You launch Drafts and it presents you with a clean screen. Type some text, then decide where you want to send it: To a new text message, to a new email ready to be addressed and sent, to Twitter or Facebook to post, to Evernote, to your calendar to create an event, to Omnifocus to create a new task, or to your Dropbox as an appended line to your “Ideas” file. You do have an Ideas File, right? I do, right next my Enemies List in Evernote. Here’s a fuller list of the services you can send text to:

Drafts is especially awesome if you also have Activator (available for jailbroken iPhones), an app that lets you assign all kinds of button combos and gestures to system preferences or app actions. That way you can also set up a single button, shake, or swipe trigger to launch Drafts. Did I mention it also lets you use Markdown?

Edit: Now it looks like Drafts will have email templates to send to ifttt, another favorite of mine.

It seems silly to get excited about a blank screen, but these clean, simple apps are exactly what I get excited about on the iPhone. They get out of your way. Realizing that is what made me realize that Quicksilver was its closest cousin.



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