Today’s technology allows writers to work more effectively and in the field. The newest tool for writers is the iPad, the best portable writing solution available today. There are multitudes of apps available for writers at varying costs. For freelancers and new authors, free apps can fill the technology gap until the need or ability to upgrade takes place. The following apps have been verified as available in Canada.
A Novel Idea
A Novel Idea is available as a free app and as a Pro edition. This app is designed to assist a creative writer in organizing their ideas into the following categories: Novel, Scene, Character, Location and Ideas. Pro version allows for exporting and includes a word count feature.
A simple app, Write Chain keeps track of your word count over days. Your “chain” is consecutive days of writing. Use Write Chain to keep yourself motivated over time. Insert comments on the day’s writing for your records.
Update your blog directly from events or in the field. This ad supported app connects with WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Tumblr, Windows Live and Joomla. The free version only allows for upload of images to Picassa. BlogBooster has a lighter interface than the services it connects to, which makes for easier and quicker blog posts.
Keep your work organized using smartNote. Create multiple workbooks for your different columns, blogs or projects. Use text or sketch modes (with multiple ink colour and size options) to add in quick notes and sketch pictures when gathering information. smartNote includes a DropBox integration for easy saving and sharing of information. Free version is ad supported.
For years Dragon Dictation has set the standard for desktop dictation. Especially useful for those who have issues typing on the iPad, Dragon Dictation also integrates with Facebook and Twitter. Covert voice to text for e-mail messages, status updates, or ongoing projects.
Paid apps often offer more functionality than their free versions; however, there are many free apps that can suit any writer’s needs. Try using free apps to find out what your needs are before purchasing paid apps.