Less Is More Philosophy Makes Writer for iPad a Hit

9 thoughts on “Less Is More Philosophy Makes Writer for iPad a Hit”

  1. … or you hope that the iPod’s Pages program actually worked a lot closer to its Mac namesake – say, like offering a visual cue when formatting (B,U,I) is enabled…

  2. You live a sheltered life. There are a number of attractive, quite easy to use text editors for the iPad, including one I use, PlainText. There’s no need to wait for folders. PlainText already has them and syncs with Macs and PCs via Dropbox. It also works with iPhones and iPod touches. Your iA Writer doesn’t. It’s a one trick pony.

    PlainText handles auto synching quite well. On his web site your friend claims, “Currently, you need to manually sync. Autosyncing was technically not that simple, but we’re looking into it.”

    The advantages don’t stop there. PlainText is free as an introduction into the developer’s more advanced products. iA Writer costs $4.99.

    This isn’t to say that both apps don’t have specific advantages. But writers need to look and decide which is best for them.

    1. Mark

      Sure there are many other apps one can use and that is precisely why I didn’t offer a comparative review. I have used many, if not most text editing/document editing apps for the iPad. I have found Writer for iPad suits me well. In the end, it is a matter of personal preference.

    1. Paula

      Evernote is another favorite app of mine and I use it pretty much every single day. It is pretty useful and is now my virtual clutterbox and I keep essentially a whole lot of stuff on it — research, web clips, pictures etc.

  3. More and more writers, and not just iPad users are reverting back to simpler writing interfaces that just let you write and nothing else. Although at the outset writing a story on an iPad seems like a tad claustrophobic it is just about getting used to some new interface.

  4. This app is brilliant. My only problem with it is that like a lot of “vanity” apps, it’s set up perfectly only for those that have a similar workflow as the author. For instance it has support for DropBox, but nothing else similar. Also, lots of serious writers still use formatting in their text even when writing drafts. Not being able to colour code passages, or use bold/italic will be a big problem for many.

    They really nailed the keyboard though. Far more useable for writing than Apple’s.

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