Since the release of the first iPad in 2010, writers of all sorts – bloggers, journalists and journal-keepers alike – have been using Apple’s tablet to take their writing even further.
To that end, developers have been looking to create apps with the post-PC era writer specifically in mind; apps that put the emphasis on simplicity, productivity, and focus rather than seeing who has the longest feature list. Byword and iA Writer are among the best of these apps for the 21st-century writer; jump past the break to see how these two apps compare to one another!
Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!
Old Competition Post
This week we have a superb competition for you – 10 (count em’) promo codes for Writing Kit are up for grabs! We reviewed Writing Kit back in August and found it to be a truly impressive writing app.
While it maintains the simplicity of a focused writing app, it includes the features to take your writing beyond basic text.
We gave it a strong 8/10, I’m sure you’ll love it – read on to find out how to enter!
A few weeks back, Second Gear updated their note taking app Elements to version 2.0. This added a completely redesigned UI and lots of new sharing support. The app functions as a Markdown editor in the cloud with full Dropbox sync support. It has a bunch of other basic features including printing, TextExpander, sharing to the web or publishing on Tumblr or Facebook, word counting, and the ability to export as HTML or PDF.
Elements is a fully universal iOS app, so you can use it with your iPhone and iPad seamlessly for the price of one app. It’s also very helpful to have when you write a note down at work and then want to find it once your phone has died. Read on to discover more about the potential of Elements 2.0…
The iPad has inspired a whole generation of focused writing apps. The included Notes app is a nice way to jot down quick notes, while Pages gives you most of the features of Word or Pages on a Mac, right on your iPad. Then, apps like iA Writer: An Astonishingly Simple Way to Write | iPad.AppStorm and Simplenote give you a focused, distraction free environment to write in plain text.
There’s still two things that aren’t very convenient in most writing apps: researching info and writing formatted text or HTML. Writing Kit is a new app that excels at both of these. With an included browser and research pane, you can lookup the definition of a word or copy text from a website without having to switch back to a browser. You can also quickly write Markdown formatted text, then save it in a variety of formats or export as HTML. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.
Typing on the iPad is somewhat of a mixed blessing. Sure, you can hammer out a quick email or two, or maybe edit a quick document, but can you really use it to write a full article?
Well, I’m about to find out. That’s because right now, I’m writing this article in Essay, a word processing program for the iPad. But what makes this app different from the others is that it doesn’t focus on using Microsoft Word or Pages format, it uses HTML instead.
See how the experiment works by hitting that more link.