I have been meaning to post about this for a while and have touched on it in other posts.
I use a lot of so-called writing/note apps on Mac and iPhone (I don’t own an iPad). Here is the list of the apps I use and for what I use them for:
Microsoft Word (Mostly MacOS): For work documents and for sharing in collaboration with others. I very rarely actually type in Word. But I use it to send out documents that others need to do someting with. If they just need to read it, I usually send a PDF document
Notes.app (MacOS and iOS): I use the stock Notes app on Mac and iOS to simply store notes, lists etc. I have two folders: a personal and a work folder. So anything I actually type that I need to save for later goes into the Notes.app.
Ulysses (MacOS and iOS): Ulysses on Mac and iOS is for writing longer documents like papers for school, articles, blog posts, personal documents and just anything that’s longer for which I need a nice environment.
Drafts (iOS): I use Drafts on my iPhone to capture text. I also use it to compile for longer documents that I’m working on and will later send to Ulysses. So it’s like an outlining app for me and a way to just quickly capture text that I either delete immediately after, copy to the clipboard or send to another app like my shopping list in Reminders to Day One.
Evernote (MacOS and iOS): Evernote is my filing cabinet. I keep all documents in there that I might need later. So all receipts on bigger purchases goes in there. Health documents, pay checks etc. It’s just a massive filing cabinet. I never actually type in Evernote or use it to do anything else. If I need to store a note that I have typed myself then I keep it in the Notes.app.
Day One (MacOS and iOS): I use Day One as my diary. I go in there to write personal stuff about my life and how my day went etc.
So these are all the writing/notes apps that I use. I think that it is a lot. I also pay for Ulysses and Evernote. Not a significant amount. But still.
With Drafts coming to the Mac soon, I’m considering if I can do everything a bit better and maybe cut down on an app or two. I just don’t see how it is possible.
I don’t have the intention of adding a subscription of Drafts to the list of fees. For what I use it for, as quick capture, it doesn’t need to be on my Mac. Although it would be nice.
But I’m thinking that maybe Drafts can replace Ulysses and Notes.app for me, considering the way I use those two apps. Then Drafts would become my primary app for writing and note-taking.
This is something that I’m considering. I would lose the ability to share notes, which I think works well in the Notes.app and the ability to add images and create tables.
But I don’t know yet. Any thoughts out there on how I can improve this?