7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects

Ads by Google

Screenshot 2010 04 19 14h 10m 06s   7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing ProjectsThere’s little debate that Apple’s iPad is not a valid replacement for a laptop computer. It doesn’t have the multitasking features, nor the power of even the bottom line MacBook. But by the same token if you don’t have a laptop or notebook, your iPad could certainly suffice for getting writing done. A set of free available apps, from notebooks to fully fledged text editors in the App Store, as well a few computer syncing setups, are all you need for writing on the device.

While each of us has our own particular needs, I’m sure one or more of these apps will serve your needs. So get ready to set up a folder on your tablet and download a useful collection of resources.

writingapps   7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects

Evernote

At the top of the list, the popular Evernote app (iTunes Store Link) and web syncing service is an essential tool for writing on the iPad. You can throw in all kinds of text based files, as well as photos and audio notes, into Evernote which will automatically sync all your notes to your iPad, as well as your Mac or PC.

Ads by Google

muoscreenshot187   7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects

Evernote includes a basic text writing tool that of course also syncs back to your computer or other devices.

Infinote Pinboard

For brainstorming and clustering your ideas, download Infinote Pinboard (iTunes Store Link). This easy-to-use app allows you to create unlimited sets of note cards in which you can change and re-size the font styles, as well as re-size the cards themselves. Notes can exported in PDF, PNG, and JPG format via email.

muoscreenshot186   7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects

SimpleNote

The best free option for a fully fledged writing application on your iPad is SimpleNote (iTunes Store Link), which I reviewed here. All your writing in SimpleNote automatically syncs to your online SimpleNote account. The app will show you the word count of a document as well as allow you to recycle versions of text in previous drafts.

muoscreenshot1871   7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects

SimpleNote is also supported by TextExpander (iTunes Store Link), which is not a free app, but is powerfully useful for writing because you can create a library of abbreviation shortcuts for snippets of text that you use frequently, such as your standard letter replies, phrases, long words, etc. When those abbreviations are typed, they get replaced with their assigned snippet. TextExpander does not have to be open in order to work with SimpleNote.

Private Journal

If you’re a frequent journal writer, the application, Private Journal (iTunes Store Link) works very well for the iPad. You can not only write in it, but also add photos and connect with your iPad iTunes library right from within the application.

muoscreenshot189   7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects

While this app doesn’t have automatic syncing features, you can assign a passcode so no one else will have access to your most personal writings.

WordPress

WordPress (iTunes Store Link) has also developed an application for its users. My own experience with the application is that it works best with simpler WordPress themes. It syncs and download all your recent WP hosted or self-hosted blog posts and allows you to edit and re-sync them back to your account.

muoscreenshot190   7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects

It even allows you to add photos as you would with the web version of the text editor.

DraftPad

DraftPad (iTunes Store Link) is a super simple writing text editor. While it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, it does allow you to route your text to a variety of other apps or web services, including Mail, SMS, your Google account, Twitter, and Facebook.

muoscreenshot191   7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects

Clockwork Notebook

Clockwork Notebook (iTunes Store Link) is a recently released app that allows you to type and write handwritten notes or doodles.

muoscreenshot192   7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects

The application has a notebook style changeable canvas, and it includes an Undo/Redo button, plus a feature for adding stickers. Notes can be exported in PDF format via email.

For a few more recommendations check out this MUO article about study aids for iPad users.

Finally in terms of typing on the iPad, check out my article about tips for faster typing on the device. The software keyboard included with the iPad is not the best option for extending pieces of writing, but you can learn to use it for writing notes, emails, and forum replies. Apple and a few other third party manufacturers have developed external keyboards for the iPad that will make typing even faster.

Let us know about other tools you use for writing on your iPad. What features is the iPad missing that keeps you from using it for writing projects?

Ads by Google

The comments were closed because the article is more than 180 days old.

If you have any questions related to what's mentioned in the article or need help with any computer issue, ask it on MakeUseOf Answers—We and our community will be more than happy to help.

17 Comments -

Hiwaarco

Thank you for the well illustrated content
http://www.hiwaar.com

Bakari

Cool, yeah I saw that. I can’t remember if it’s a free app, but I‘ve heard some good things about Circus Ponies’ Notebook, especially for students. Thanks for recommending it.

photon

I’d like to put up my hand for Circus Ponies’ Notebook. It uses iPad features like no other app I’ve seen!

Bakari

Cool, yeah I saw that. I can’t remember if it’s a free app, but I‘ve heard some good things about Circus Ponies’ Notebook, especially for students. Thanks for recommending it.

Gasport

At $30 for an “Alpha” version no thanks. The Mac app is great but check the reviews in the App store. Not very positive.

Bakari

Gasport, thanks for that tip.

Bollywood8

For a touch surface, the one thing missing to make it a business must have is the ability to write & annotate on screen without the keyboard. Unfortunately Yoda Jobs hates the stylus.

For a company that served & depended on the creative industries for so long, it seems ironic that the products are for consuming rather than creating.

Bakari

I have to agree with you, Bollywood. The iPad could be a powerful for handwriting, and Apple needs to see that. Many 3rd party developers are trying to point the way, but something is lacking in the technology. Many stylus pens I‘ve tried just don’t help make the handwriting apps work effectively. Some are better than others, but there’s clearly something missing.

Bollywood8

For a touch surface, the one thing missing to make it a business must have is the ability to write & annotate on screen without the keyboard. Unfortunately Yoda Jobs hates the stylus.

For a company that served & depended on the creative industries for so long, it seems ironic that the products are for consuming rather than creating.

Bakari

I have to agree with you, Bollywood. The iPad could be a powerful for handwriting, and Apple needs to see that. Many 3rd party developers are trying to point the way, but something is lacking in the technology. Many stylus pens I‘ve tried just don’t help make the handwriting apps work effectively. Some are better than others, but there’s clearly something missing.

Tom

I am reviewing tablets for my daughters and the iPad needs good handwriting input.

Jakolien Sok

I use Plaintext for writing my columns and blogs. It’s free and syncs with your Dropbox account so I can use it where ever I am :-)

Tom

Jakolien:
Thank you for your suggestion but this is using typewriter feature. As a non-Apple user I am looking for a handwriting function similar to pen and paper. When I survey the tablet market I like the ASUS Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 tablet. I am hoping this computer does good handwriting recognition.

Bakari

Tom, I try to use WritePad and Noteshelf for writing on the iPad. The problem doesn’t seem with the apps, but with the Stylus pens. Pens need to be created that can maximize writing recognition apps.

Tom

Jakolien:
Thank you for your suggestion but this is using typewriter feature. As a non-Apple user I am looking for a handwriting function similar to pen and paper. When I survey the tablet market I like the ASUS Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 tablet. I am hoping this computer does good handwriting recognition.

JessyRanger

Even though the App is in french, I suggest you take a look. You can buy the really famous Multidictionnaire, a perfect dictionary!
AppStore : http://itunes.apple.com/app/qu
Youtube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
Our site: http://www.ikonet.com/fr/ipad/

JessyRanger

Even though the App is in french, I suggest you take a look. You can buy the really famous Multidictionnaire, a perfect dictionary!
AppStore : http://itunes.apple.com/app/qu
Youtube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
Our site: http://www.ikonet.com/fr/ipad/