Ulysses tries to carve out its niche by going back to basics -- simple organization, distraction-free writing, and something called “semantic text editing.” The screen layout is familiar -- you’ll find a project organizer on the left, the text editor in the center, and notes and metadata on the right. We began writing right away and found navigation between text documents, notes, and synopses straightforward.
Movie Outline takes a little getting used to. Adding different elements isn’t totally intuitive at first, and it’s more PC than Mac in style, missing traditional keyboard shortcuts (like Command-W to close a window) and menu commands (like Open Recent).
We love the story of Salem, Oregon, writer Colleen Houck, who ignored her rejection letters, self-published her Tiger series on Amazon, landed on the Kindle Store’s bestseller list, and wound up signing with an agent. Too good to be true? Not with the self-publishing options available today. Both Amazon’s Kindle Store and Apple’s iBookstore accept direct submissions from authors.
The full-featured Scrivener excels at all types of writing, from creative fiction to scholarly articles, and its 2.0 upgrade builds on its existing strengths and adds many new features, making it as comprehensive as it is affordable.
Writers: we're a tortured bunch. And with our Macs and our iPhones and iPads in hand, we can do a lot of damage. Heck, there's a whole bunch of great writing apps out there designed specifically to help fuel our creative fires. They say that writing may be a dead trade, but these free apps definitely prove that writing is still alive--especially in our hearts.
All cheesiness aside, here are three great, totally free apps that'll help stimulate your mind, inspire you, and help you stay focused on that Sci-Fi novel you're writing in your basement. Remember, every writer needs a toolbox, and we just have ours stocked with Apple products.