The writing process is different for everyone who tilts at it, and the curiously named OmmWriter Dāna II provides an approach so unique that you’ll either be captivated or appalled. Like many word-processing apps, OmmWriter begins its efforts to eliminate distraction by going full screen, dropping away your Dock, Desktop, and everything else. Then it takes more unusual steps—the screen is wallpapered with one of eight lovely images, ranging from a snowy forest to a purpley color wash.
Apple haters love to claim that we’re paying a premium for little more than pretty hardware. But we all know how dim-witted that statement truly is—for starters, Apple makes tons of great software too. Case in point: The Address Book and iCal combo is a one-two productivity punch, and the two apps work so well—and are so tightly integrated—that getting us to drop $100 for a third-party contact manager and calendar is a bit of a long shot. But Chronos’ SOHO Organizer 9 sweetens the pot with some tricks that Apple’s offerings can’t match and adds an information manager and a handy app for printing envelopes and other business documents.
Not all writing is created equal. Sometimes you're trying to pen War and Peace; other times you just need to jot down an appointment. Notebooks for iPad aims to deliver the best of both worlds, combining extensive document management and syncing with basic text-editing and task-scheduling features. It’s not perfect, but Notebooks hits a middle ground that will be especially appealing to writers who need to edit plain text and organize multiple files.
ReaddleDocs gives your phone a robust Documents folder that lets you do everything you need to do with important files, including edit and save, rename, move, copy, archive, mail and store -- and it supports everything from PDF to image files and web pages, as well as all your word processing documents.
For most of us, Apple’s Calendar app does a perfectly fine job of keeping our important dates in order. But those of you looking for a little extra oomph from your digital day planner might want to take a look at Calevents. Unlike the 17,000 other calendar apps overflowing the App Store, Calevents works as a sort of standalone plugin for Calendar, adding functionality without upsetting Apple’s traditional user experience.
Apple's iPad is certainly capable of replacing every notebook you'll ever need, but let's be serious -- nothing about Apple's Notes app is going to entice any fence-sitters to ditch their trusty pen and paper. Ginger Labs' Notability, however, just might.
Storyist is a tool to write novels or screenplays—fiction is its strength. The familiar screen layout includes a project manager that serves as the collection point for the manuscript, plot, characters, settings, and other information. However, we found adding new items to the project unnecessarily complicated. Users can set the modal main view to display the text editor, outline, or storyboard, and a pop-up inspector offers the necessary choices to style text.
Compressed data has been the norm in computers forever. Crunching down files without losing fidelity and being able to decompress them later in perfect condition? Great idea. And with data caps being placed on mobile users, compressed files can only grow in importance. But RAR, ZIP, TAR, 7Z, GZIP? It's an alphabet soup awaiting you out there. You don't want to buy five different apps to handle every format, and Apple hasn’t gone native on this. So what are your options?
How many times have you pulled into your driveway and realized you meant to stop for milk or pop by the dry cleaners? You could've saved yourself all those special trips if you had Task Ave chirp reminders whenever you cruise by particular places.