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Author Topic: Good writing program for the iPad?  (Read 3041 times)

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Good writing program for the iPad?
« on: January 08, 2013, 01:52:44 PM »
I looked at Textilus, Write 2 and several others. There doesn't seem to be a killer app in this category for the iPad. Does anyone have anything they *really* love? And don't say Pages. :p

I currently use Awesome Notes to write my stories, songs and poems, but it has a very limited feature set for actual heavy writing.
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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 02:21:00 PM »
Not an app, but a hardware add-on: A keyboard?

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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 03:25:28 PM »
I already have a keyboard. The Zagg/Logitech one.
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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 03:32:50 PM »
I looked at Textilus, Write 2 and several others. There doesn't seem to be a killer app in this category for the iPad. Does anyone have anything they *really* love? And don't say Pages. :p

It probably depends on what you mean by "writing." For distraction-free writing, I thought IA Writer was pretty good. But I tend to use Nebulous Notes mostly, thanks to its sensible sync setup (via Dropbox) and its customisable keyboard (macros). For handwriting I use Notability (I bought it because it was on sale, but it does the job).

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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 04:57:04 PM »
The ones I find myself going back to (depending on the task)

IA Writer
WriteRoom
Textastic
enso Writer
Notebook

iA Writer and Writeroom are easy to use on any other computer because of their sync.  Notebook is cool because of Sync also- but it's only available for Mac, so that cuts out using my desktop, only my laptop.  I love enso, but it's sync to Dropbox isn't automatic.  Same with Textastic- it would be the one to beat with code editing also, other than the fact that the sync is manual.

Just like on Windows, I'm addicted to editors, so the ones I've tried include:
My Writing Nook
Notebooks
Textastic
Noteshelf
Notes Plus
iA Writer
enso Writer
Essay
Writing Kit
Note & Share
WriteRoom
Textkraft EN
CleanWriter
Circus Ponies Notebook
Evernote
Noterize
Penultimate
MobileNoter
Notability
Simplenote
PlainText
WritePad
Nimbus Plus
Nebulous Notes

There are some other code specific ones, but I don't think that's what you're looking for.  I've been looking at trying Write 2, specifically because it lets you use your iPhone as a keyboard which I think is cool :)

If I may ask, what did you think of Textilus?

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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013, 03:15:58 PM »
I looked at several of the ones you listed and for now I have settled on Notebooks. Circus Whatever, despite the revolting name, seemed to have a lot of very nice features, but it got panned as being practically unusable due to sluggishness.
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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013, 03:18:29 PM »
I looked at several of the ones you listed and for now I have settled on Notebooks. Circus Whatever, despite the revolting name, seemed to have a lot of very nice features, but it got panned as being practically unusable due to sluggishness.

I don't have a problem with sluggishness, either on my iPad or on my Mac, so I'm not sure what they're referring to.

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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2013, 03:24:10 PM »
I saw two different reviews that said it performed like a dog on an iPad 3. One recommended it but only as a means to have your documents with you. It specifically stated you should do most of the heavy lifting on a Mac and I don't have a Mac so...

Also, it gets dinged for being sluggish in several reviews on the store page.
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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013, 03:41:55 PM »
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Just misread the thread title as "God writing program for the iPad?" and thought that's some marketing!!!!
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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 03:45:52 PM »
I AM a GOD!
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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2013, 04:02:57 PM »
OK GOD - have you writen an App yet to make the iPad run Android?

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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2013, 04:26:44 PM »
Uhm....take a look around you...Do you really think God is an engineer? If he is, he definitely was working without a spec.
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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013, 07:48:37 PM »
I saw two different reviews that said it performed like a dog on an iPad 3. One recommended it but only as a means to have your documents with you. It specifically stated you should do most of the heavy lifting on a Mac and I don't have a Mac so...

Also, it gets dinged for being sluggish in several reviews on the store page.

I have it.  I have an iPad 3.  I had it when I had an iPad 1.  There's apparently *something* that's different from device to device, because on neither of my iPads is it sluggish.  Don't know what I can give you beyond personal experience.

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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2013, 10:31:42 PM »
I have it.  I have an iPad 3.  I had it when I had an iPad 1.  There's apparently *something* that's different from device to device, because on neither of my iPads is it sluggish.  Don't know what I can give you beyond personal experience.

$30? :p
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Re: Good writing program for the iPad?
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2013, 12:10:53 AM »
I have it.  I have an iPad 3.  I had it when I had an iPad 1.  There's apparently *something* that's different from device to device, because on neither of my iPads is it sluggish.  Don't know what I can give you beyond personal experience.

$30? :p

I didn't pay $30 for it... there's always specials and jockeying on the AppStore.  Check appshopper.com- that's how I keep up with shifting prices. It even has historical prices.