This week (and fairly frequently), on the Mac App Store, Apple lists a group of “Apps for Writers.”
I have used (and own) many of those of the apps. Of the apps I have used, here is my shorter list of those I use frequently or would use frequently if I had a project requiring the methods in the application.
These apps are in no particular order.
- Writer Pro (OK, so this is my #1 pick; everybody needs this app. You will save a lot of time preparing document first drafts in this rather than a full-featured word processing program and in many cases the document you can write in this app suffices and there is no reason to do additional formatting in Word or Pages.)
- Byword (writing environment)
- Day One (journal)
- Ulysses III (heavy duty manuscript production? This is the one for writing a book, dissertation, or term paper.)
- Blogo (Rudimentary posts on WordPress blogs; this post was prepared in it. Limited features but very fast.)
- Evernote (I use this continuously. The paid version is worth every $ € ¥ £ ₨ ₩ ₱ ₪ it will cost.)
- Scapple (Essential for research for writing projects.)
- Notability. I have tried every darn note app ever developed (or at least it seems as if) that was supposed to take notes the easy way and synch seamlessly between the Mac-iPad-iPhone. The long search is over. Got to the Emerald City.
All of my comments and selections refer to the PAID (unlocked) versions of these apps. The free versions do not usually have all of the features I will use if they are available.
For many years I have been a fan of the iA Writer app that is a streamlined and very fast text creation tool (as opposed to a bloated word proessor). The tool works seamously across the Mac, iPad, and iPhone and files are automatically available on all three Internet connected devices. This is also the only writing app I have found that works brilliantly on all three devices and screen sizes. The iPhone version is the only text creator I have found that really works well on the small screen of the iPhone.
A few months ago, iA introduced Writer Pro, a version that incorporates many new features while simultaneously retaining the simple to use, brilliant features of the original concept. If you are serious about writing text (as opposed to doing a fully formatted version at the time of the first draft), this is the app for you (unless you are stuck with a PC). In my experience, more creative and quality writing can be done more rapidly when you are not distracted by all of the formatting options floating around on the screen.
Writer Pro is simultaneously a 5-star app like iA Writer, a 5-Ferrari app, and a 5-tank app. The developer gets a 5-brain rating.
5+5+5+5 on a 5-point scale
Warning. This app has a steep learning curve (15 minutes). Unless you are willing to invest the 15 minutes you may not figure out how this new model of writing (with four stages you can jump between) enhances the creative process. On the other hand, you will recover the 15 minutes of exploration during your first 30 minutes of “real” use.