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Drafts

Tap here, tap there. Sometimes an app is just too many taps away and no home screen fits every app we use. If that’s a common scenario, you need something to save you taps and swipes, turning the whole iPhone experience quicker and appealing. What you’re looking for is Launch Center Pro.

Launch Center Pro lets you create actions to interact with other applications and skip taps on basic functions of your iPhone, such as calling, messaging or opening sites. The application recently delivered its second version with plenty of new features for the automation rookie and the power user.

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Text on an iPhone can be a real pain. I don’t mean writing — the keyboard is very nice, and in some ways, nicer than ever on iOS 7 — but I mean text management. Copying and pasting feels like a tedious chore involving lots of app switching and long tapping. By the time you’re done, it takes forever.

And iOS 7 sadly removes some of my favourite ways to quickly send out a tweet or a Facebook post from Notification Centre. As such, I thought I’d check out Drafts, an app that’s simply way more powerful than I need in the best way possible. Read on to find out what makes this app, which recently migrated to become an iOS 7 exclusive with its latest update, so special.

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I’ve made it no secret that I’m a fan of Squarespace. In fact, my personal blog runs on the service and I’ve somewhat brazenly said that the folks at Squarespace and I share the same taste for good design. That’s one of the many reasons I was interested in the Squarespace Note app.

My history with note taking on the iPhone is all over the place. I don’t use the stock Notes app anymore because I hate yellow notepad paper, but iOS 7 could change that. I love Simplenote right now, which sits on my homescreen and is used almost every day. Evernote is okay, but I feel like it’s gotten slower and more laborious to use with time. I use Day One for journalling and Byword for Web articles, but I’ve been all over the place. Squarespace Note is supposed to make my life a little easier by hopefully filling in a few of these blanks at once.

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Drafts from Agile Tortoise is one of the apps that, on first viewing, seems a little basic. There is no disguising the fact that it is a text editor, and not a particularly fully featured one either. Yet there is something about the app – I use it every day, several times a day.

So for all its basic feature list, Drafts occupies a space that is very useful to have occupied, even though it may not seem that way at first. The whole idea behind the app is that when you need to jot something down quickly, there really is “an app for that.” Drafts certainly isn’t the only app that allows you to do that of course, but it is one of the only ones that goes out its way to make that capture process as simple as possible. There are also some other surprising useful features lurking just below the surface. (more…)