I’ve owned an iPad for a couple of years now and as I’ve grown used to having it around I’ve found it’s become more and more indispensable as a tool that I use for both work and my hobbies.
In the best traditions of sharing best practice I’d like to explain how and why I use certain apps and what makes them special. Hopefully someone will find something useful that they didn’t know before.
The app for today is:
Write for iPad - A Note Taking and Markdown Writing App
By Tanmay Sonawane
I, like almost everyone else I imagine, have tried many, many writing apps for the iPad. After a couple of years I’ve settled (for the moment) on this one.
The main reason I plumped for Write was the look of the screen with the available fonts and line spacing. It looks better than iA Writer and not quite as good as Skriv. Originally I was happy with Skriv but it crashed a lot and lost data so away it went.
I like Write because it doesn’t let me format as I go which removes a distraction. I don’t use it for finished documents but for planning so I bash out stream of consciousness ideas for games and projects always moving forward and never going back to remove stuff (you never know when that early idea will be needed again).
Write lets me work fast. It’s instantly available when I open it, no unnecessary front end screens, and very responsive. The fact that it syncs with my iPhone means I can amend or add stuff on the move when I only have my phone handy. Previously I’d have to use a different app and copy/paste later.
Write is also a fully featured rich markdown editor which may be useful to you but isn’t something I use.
Once I’ve written my notes/ramblings I can add tags and syncronise or share in any number of ways. There is an extensive list of options in the drag out right hand menu. The app automatically syncs across my devices and stores everything on Dropbox for me as these are my preferences but I could just as easily choose my Google drive or Evernote.
As you can see I’ve been using the pictures from the app’s page on the App store because a note taking app isn’t the most photogenic of things. However, below is part of one of my current notes with the keyboard displayed.
That little circle thing at the top centre of the keyboard acts like a trackball to move the cursor around which can be very useful.
My one gripe is that there used to be an extended keyboard bar in earlier versions of Write which gave me an apostrophe on the front layer of the keyboard making typing much quicker for me. This has since disappeared but maybe it’ll return one day.
I’ve written two complete games, planned several more which are still works in progress and prepared many classroom resources using Write. After Bamboo Paper it’s the app most often open on my iPad screen.
Maybe Write will work for you too. If you have a preferred note taking/writing app I’d like to hear about it.