Purchase an iPad for a loved one or family member, and without fail, the recipient will ask, “Does this work with Microsoft Word?” Thankfully, the answer is now a resounding yes—at least for those willing to pay for the privilege. With few exceptions, Microsoft Word for iPad is well worth the wait. While the iPad-only app doesn’t offer the same full-frontal feature assault of the Mac or Windows editions, the majority of the most frequently used, make-or-break tools (including track changes, charts, and rich formatting) are all present and accounted for.
When iA Writer burst onto the scene in late 2010, it was a game-changer. The first true alternative to Pages, its ultra-minimal interface introduced a new kind of word processor, one that eschewed underutilized features for a sharp focus on simplicity. Writer Pro for iOS attempts to build on that concept. With a completely new workflow designed to tightly organize your thoughts, Information Architects pushes its minimal interface to the max, but loses that trademark simplicity in the process.
If you do a lot of writing on your iPad, you know how important a good word processing app is. Whether you're using a Bluetooth keyboard or have somehow mastered the virtual one, ultra-minimal interfaces and smart features have made writing on the iPad a joy, with apps like iA Writer and Write for iPad transforming the way we work. You probably don't think you need another one, but that's only because you haven't tried Editorial. With rich formatting and powerful automation features, Editorial isn't a stripped-down tablet app with a pretty face – it's one of the best text editors we've ever used, on our iPads or anywhere else.
We have dozens of ways to take notes on our iPhones, and while some have exquisite, minimal interfaces, others are feature-rich powerhouses that try to mimic desktop functionality on a mobile device. Write for Dropbox wants to be everything at once, and it comes as close to succeeding as any app we've ever used. By utilizing a nifty three-panel interface – with a tool bar, document list, and main writing window – Write deftly uses every inch of real estate at its disposal, with oodles of sharing options and one of the most powerful virtual keyboards we've ever used.
As any Web maven knows, content is king. But it’s not always in the fancy graphics, photos, or video. Most of the work we do on our Macs calls for manipulating text, that is, typing words. We present eight text-savvy Mac apps that make your time at the keyboard more productive--enjoyable even.