Word processing on the iPad is far from perfect. No matter how adept I may be at using the touch keyboard, tapping through a document to delete a stray word or dragging blue dots to rearrange a thought is an overly arduous task. Tyype HD leverages iOS gestures to envision a better way to edit text. Power users of Pages already know about the one-character swipe, but Tyype HD kicks it up a few notches with a dramatic re-imagining of how we interact with text on our iOS devices.
TextEdit may not have the power of Microsoft Word, or the pizazz of Apple’s Pages, but the humble little word processor that comes with OS X has a lot going for it. While it doesn’t do templates and other fancy things that the others do, it’s more than up to the job for many word-processing needs.
It’s that time of year again, and fear is in the air. Around the world writers are knitting their brows, clenching coffee-stained teeth, and breaking out in cold sweats at the thought of not finishing their stories with a bang. It can only mean one thing: it’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and take that dive into the literary world you’ve always dreamed of––at least, I hope so. I’ve already completed one novel-length manuscript, but this year I’ll be competing against the clock in my first NaNoWriMo. Besides understanding friends and an endless supply of caffeine, I’ll rely on software suited to NaNoWriMo’s unique demands. Fortunately, there are plenty of NaNoWriMo-friendly options available for your Mac and iOS devices.
If it's one thing that really grinds my gears, it's how Outlook manages to crash every morning -- like clockwork -- as I'm doing my daily email rounds. I keep sending Microsoft those Error Reports, but nothing! The other thing that really gets me are Word and Excel's memory-hogging tendencies. And maybe I need more RAM to get things going a little faster, but not everyone is capable of such an upgrade just to get a few "simple" applications to go a little faster. If you're just as fed up as I am, here's a few open source alternatives that don't hog your resources and do the exact same job.