How many writing iPad writing apps are in the app store? Fifty-two, according to a crowd sourcing project initated by Brett Terpstra! Now thats quite a number, so how are you finding the one that is best for you?
One option would be to just use each of them for exactly one week, and after a year you could decide which was the best one. Or, a less expensive and time consuming way would be to have a look at the awesome iOS Text Editor roundup that Brett put together.
In his own words, this writing app comparison is meant…
to help you find the most useful way to write, code or take notes for your personal needs. Every editor is geared toward a slightly different purpose, with their own strenghts and focus.
What I like about Brett’s overview is that you can filter the overview table according to your own individual needs. For example, iCloud, TextExpander, and Extra Keyboard Row support are the most important features of a writing app for me. Once I filter for these features, the table of 52 (for iPad, the total number is 56) is reduced to two old friends of mine: Byword and iA Writer. Looks like I am still good.
What is not in the table, however, is whether these iPad writing apps have sibling apps for the Mac. To my knowledge, only a few apps have a dedicated Mac companion app, and these are:
- Compositions (free)
- iA Writer
Obviously, having a companion app makes the integration between writing on the iPad and on the Mac a lot easier. However, as long as the iPad app uses a plain text format and has Dropbox support (you can filter the table for that), you can integrate you writing through any of the apps above or the plain TextEdit app that comes with your Mac. The same is true if you are using a Windows machine (then you would use Notepad).
Alternatively, if you have already found your favourite writing app and you want to become serious about writing with your iPad, check out some ideas about why and how you can turn your iPad into the ultimate writing machine:
- Boost your creativity and flow by “writing in the wild”, the “Great Outdoors”, or just your city park or own backyard garden
- A complete guide for how to pick an iPad keyboard case that perfectly matches your unique writing style
Disclaimer: Table screenshot from Brett’s comparison chart. Please consider sharing this article if you found it useful.