Drafts has some features for note-taking that DTTG does not. It’s very fast to get to typing from starting the app, there’s really no delay. It also has an “auto note” feature that easily starts a new note for you. I like the way it displays markdown natively. And the sync is not fussy at all — it works quickly and smoothly across all of my devices, I never have to futz with it. I love that notes sync seemingly as soon as I start typing.
Drafts: one tap on the icon, Drafts opens immediately to a new, empty note.
DTTG: tap on the icon, FaceID (sure, I could leave out this step, but in my case DTTG and Drafts have different contents with different security requirements), DTTG opens to wherever I last was, tap back to Global Inbox, tap on +, select note type.
Drafts is an amazingly streamlined way to take notes. Nothing else, but that one thing it does really well for me. As posted by @unclecrabby in a previous thread:
I also agree with this sentiment:
Data protection requirements mean that I sync a number of DT/DTTG database via Bonjour only. The contents of my Drafts don’t have that requirement, so sync seamlessly via the cloud.
To me none of that reflects negatively on DT/DTTG. Drafts is that pile of paper I used to have with little notes scribbled all over - just much better. DT is my enormous shiny filing cabinet, the pride and joy of my office - just much better.
Accepted, and I wasn’t aware. It remains less immediate that Drafts, however. I mean, honestly, we are talking a second or two - but the Drafts experience of note taking kind of pings with me in a way that DTTG note taking doesn’t. But neither did Notes, and that’s even more difficult to explain objectively. The other points I made remain valid of course. There is a noticeable dose of personal preference here, and I must admit I was sceptical of Drafts and what I was going to be paying for it. But somehow. Anyway, not to worry, if I could only have the one or the other, it’d be DT all day long
And Sync is more automatic/bulletproof/reliable with Drafts. Drafts sync “just works.” With DTTG even with a think sync, it seems it always has to sync when I start the app and it can take quite some time.
I kind of liked drafts until I stumbled upon the fact that it imprisons my data. Or, to put it less dramatically: it stores everything in its own data structure away from finder and the file system.
Which doesn’t sit well with me because I need my data in different apps, sometimes even in Emacs (shudder).
That might explain why the sync “just works”.