Not too long ago, web apps were the saviors of the new world — rich, universal programs that needed little more than a browser to deliver their power. Steve Jobs believed in them so wholly he nearly bet the entire future of the iPhone on them, telling developers during its launch: "You’ve got everything you need if you know how to write apps using the most modern web standards to write amazing apps for the iPhone today."
And at least one developer still believes that's true.
It’s easy to forget the iPad’s been around for only three years, since it’s made such a big footprint in our day-to-day lives. It’s great for lean-back, leisurely weekend activities like watching a movie, video chatting with faraway relatives, and playing a few rounds of Words with Friends. But don’t leave it behind when it’s time to return to the salt mines Monday morning—turns out, the iPad works at the office almost as hard as you do.
From The Odyssey to The Avengers, stories hinge on good characters. Without heroes to care about and believable villains to vex them, plot is just a bunch of stuff that happens. Persona aims to help writers organize information about their characters while using archetypes to discover what makes them tick –– and how they can interact in dramatically juicy ways. But like a well-meaning tragic hero, Persona is undone by glaring flaws.
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.
Planning on writing a book this summer? Or perhaps you want to take a stab at that movie idea that's been percolating in your head for a few years now. Your Mac is the best tool for composition, and there's an arsenal of software that can help you get started. Whether you want to utilize a free app or can spring the cash for something chock full of features, there's an app that can faciliate your writing needs.
Big news last week was Mountain Lion's sneaking out the gate without a big hoopedy doo Keynote. There's been little news on that front since then, but there are a few pieces to the puzzle, along with iCloud follies, and a few Apple TV tips (which might just be Apple's next big thing). Let's see what's cookin' in the hot stories this week.
Being a writer in these tech-driven times is great, since you can get work done just about anywhere – from the comfort of your cushy couch, a rumbling bus ride, or a busy cafe. We’ve rounded up eight must-have iOS apps to help get your words flowing and productivity rolling.
Writing is often a thankless, solitary task requiring isolation from outside interference. Just when you least expect it, the telephone rings, new email arrives, or an interesting tweet diverts attention from the work at hand. WriteRoom can’t thwart all of life’s interruptions, but it does offer solace from most computer-based distractions with a streamlined writing environment, making it easier to get the words on the (virtual) page.
The New Year has started and with it, your resolutions. For many of us, every year begins with a promise to write more. Diaries are a great for this but that can itself be a hard habit to keep. But what if your iOS device made things easier for you? What if there were an easy, fun way to digitally document your life? Here are three apps we found that can help make keeping a diary not only a little easier, but a whole lot more fun.
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.