If you are a professional writer who also happens to own an iPad, you’re fortunate: Software developers have created a number of apps to help you do your job better, whether you cover real estate news for a trade magazine, blog about technology or write romance fiction.
Here is a closer look at some of the best iPad apps for serious writers.
When you earn your living with the written word, these apps are must-haves.
This neat app helps writers at the beginning of the creative process. Paper permits you capture your ideas as anything from sketches and diagrams to notes, illustrations or drawings. You can also share your thoughts online to receive feedback.
Information Architects’ iA Writer forces writers to focus on one thing, writing. That’s because iA Writer intentionally doesn’t allow users to mess with fonts, colors or any other distractions. With this tool, you can do one thing: create and edit plain text files on your iPad.
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This particular note-taking app has long earned kudos from tech reviewers. But few recognize how useful it is to professional writers. With Evernote, you can jot down notes, capture photos, compose to-do lists and record voice reminders.
iThoughtsHD by CMS lets you easily organize your thoughts visually. Exactly what does this mean? With this program you can create brainstorming and task lists. You are able to take on project planning and goal setting. You can even create detailed meeting notes. In other words, it’s an essential tool for anyone organizing a story or blog post.
Another useful application created by Evernote, Penultimate enables you to handwrite notes directly to your iPad. You can use the application to take notes, draw sketches and jot down those incredible ideas you don’t want to forget once you leave your desk.
Good.iWare’s GoodReader is easily the most powerful PDF reader for the iPad. With GoodReader, you can read virtually any document imaginable on your iPad. This holds true for anything from books, movies and maps to pictures and PDF files.
Know that corkboard hanging from the office wall? DenVog’s Index Card is that same corkboard only for your iPad. You can stick virtual notes to this app filled with story ideas, outlines and plot summaries.
Notably is really a powerful note-taking app for the iPad. But what genuinely sets it apart is the way it works with popular cloud storage app Dropbox. Every time you add a note, plot summary or assignment timeline to Notably, your changes will automatically sync with Dropbox.