DraftPad 4+

Manabu Ueno

Designed for iPad

    • 4.3 • 52 Ratings
    • Free



DraftPad is a simple notepad which is like a single sheet of paper. You can use it to write a draft for messaging, posting, blogging, or any writing tasks.

For the simplicity, DraftPad doesn't have features for filing multiple notes and decorating text elements. Instead, it is always ready to start jotting.

DraftPad allows you to
- Simply write and read on a plain field without any functional complexity or visual clutter.
- Share or export your text via iOS standard activity sheet.
- Restore previous text from the automatic History list.
- Change font size and line spacing.
- Helped by the counters for characters, words, and lines.

Follow @draftpad on Twitter for staying in touch.

What’s New

Version 2.0

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

On the last update in 2014, I announced that the development of DraftPad was discontinued, but I changed my mind. This is the new version of DraftPad which is redesigned and optimized for modern iOS 11.

I decided to update DraftPad again because so many people sent me questions and requests after iOS 11 was released. The previous version of DraftPad was a 32-bit app which could not run on iOS 11.

To me, DraftPad had been a past project that I was not to touch again, but I found that it was a present tool to the users. They were very confused about how to get their data back, and actually, the only way for them to restore the data on iOS 11 is to have the updated version of DraftPad which runs on iOS 11.

Now, DraftPad is back. This version was developed from scratch to fit the current framework of iOS. On the other hand, in these four years after the last update, many features have been added to iOS itself, and now apps can be more extended with the standard mechanism. Therefore, I decided to remove some features from DraftPad and pursue its original concept, the extreme simplicity.

New features using iOS standard mechanism
- Activity sheet which provides extended actions and sharing availability
- Text drag and drop
- Quick action from home screen by 3D touch
- Peek and pop from History list by 3D touch

Removed features
- Assists
- iCloud syncing
- Themes
- Receiving data via URL scheme

Please excuse me if you had been enjoying Assist commands. They are no longer available to keep DraftPad simple, up-to-date, and free.

Thank you for using DraftPad for a long time.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Djc42291 ,

Writing or journals

I thank you so much I had written so much and kept a journal that I really wanna write more into a d detailed and I’m so thankful you updated it! I was really upset thinking my writhing were lost forever. But thank you for redesigning it!

Ceciliaya ,


I just discovered this app and have only used it for less than an hour and I already love it. It takes a lot for me to get super excited about an app and then want to go and review it so quickly after acquiring, but I think Draftpad is brilliant because it's simple. It does one thing and one thing only. I use my fair share of multi-featured apps but it's just nice to have something with a simplistic layout. It really is like a sheet of paper.

The only thing I wish this app could do is once you close it, all text in the draft get automatically deleted--or maybe have an autodelete on/off. This might be useful if the user's primary way of exporting the text is via the iOS Share sheet. Still, it's not a dealbreaker; you can simply cut, then copy to the clipboard, then paste it into wherever it's going to go. It's great that it's free, but I would have happily paid and supported the developer's work. (Developing any app takes time and doesn't happenat warp speed contrary to what many end users might think.)

Huge_Hunque ,

"Draft Pad Review"

It's basic, it's simplistic and that's the charm of it. No fuss, no muss. Far too often people get caught up with the advancement of technology that they tend to forget how well the basics can still be, especially when the fancier stuff can make life rather confusing and, as such, time consuming because your spending all of your time trying to figure out how the heck all of the different options work. So bravo to you to have the foresight to see this! So, for me, this is DEFINITELY a five-star app which I am going to "like" for Facebook too!!! Please keep up the wonderful work!

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