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Posted by Dr Andus
Feb 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

 

Some plain text apps (w/ Markdown) for iOS and OS X discussed in this blog post (plus a PDF maker):

http://savageminds.org/2013/02/15/living-in-a-plain-text-world-tools-we-use/

The following looked particularly interesting to me (apologies if some of these have already been mentioned on this forum):

- Byword - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/byword/id482063361?mt=8
- Notesy for Dropbox - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notesy-for-dropbox/id386095500?mt=8
- Drafts for iPad - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drafts-for-ipad/id542797283?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
- PDF PROvider - http://www.dar-soft.com/index.php/products/pdf-provider

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 19, 2013 at 03:43 PM

 

My own most recent favourite is Notato, which doesn’t just include Markdown, it also includes MultiMarkdown, plus support for math with LaTex, plus support for images, plus a very nice search engine that even highlights search terms! Wow, CRIMP heaven! The only thing it doesn’t support yet is folders, but it’s still very new, so give it time. I’m very impressed!

Cheers,
Bill

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Apr 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

 

I haven’t had a need to use iThoughtsHD in recent times, so I was quite surprised by the amount of new features that have been discussed in this thorough review:

http://ipad.appstorm.net/reviews/productivity/ithoughtshd-grow-ideas/

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Apr 9, 2013 at 07:56 PM

 

It’s amazing what pops up on the iOS scene, even in the way of Productivity apps (as opposed to tedious games and other such rubbish we CRIMPers disdain… hem!).

My current fave is UX Write, a word processor app that is actually also a mighty outliner. It’s come out of nowhere to challenge other word processors (Pages, but also e.g. Documents to Go, OfficeHD, QuickOffice etc. etc.) using a very clever combination of HTML display and Word (specifically .docx) compatibility.

The author has lots of plans - currently it doesn’t include a search function, for example - but it has one feature in particular that will appeal to the strange specimens who frequent this forum: outlining.

In short, it’s bloody brilliant. It takes Word outlining and turns it into something truly friendly - effectively a very elegantly designed two-pane outliner. It allows you to shunt sections around in the outline pane if you want to. You can switch off the outline pane (or replace it with the equally elegant formatting pane); you can ‘pin’ it or ‘unpin’ it. In short, it’s one of the nicest implementations of an outliner I’ve found on the iPad.

All it needs now is a search function - but apparently search and replace are on the roadmap, so I’m a Happy Bunny!

Okay, so it’s a bit more expensive than many iPad apps (ca. USD 24, I believe - sorry, I generally work in GBP). But it’s deffo going places!

Cheers,
Bill

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Apr 9, 2013 at 09:04 PM

 

MadaboutDana wrote:
>My current fave is UX Write, a word processor app that is actually also
>a mighty outliner. It’s come out of nowhere to challenge other word
>processors (Pages, but also e.g. Documents to Go, OfficeHD, QuickOffice
>etc. etc.) using a very clever combination of HTML display and Word
>(specifically .docx) compatibility.

Thanks for the heads up. The video on their site does make the app look quite sexy. Though that’s a hefty price tag for an iOS app. I made the mistake of buying Documents to Go for some similarly large sum many years ago, and it turned out to be a major disappointment.

Nevertheless, UX Write does look a lot more promising. It’s still a mystery to me though that Microsoft with their thousands of programmers and gazilion dollars couldn’t come up a with a decent app in this arena all these years…

While on this topic, I’ve recently installed the Google Drive app to edit some Google spreadsheets and was pleasantly surprised. I should try their doc format too…

>In short, it’s bloody brilliant. It takes Word outlining and turns it
>into something truly friendly - effectively a very elegantly designed
>two-pane outliner. It allows you to shunt sections around in the outline
>pane if you want to. You can switch off the outline pane (or replace it
>with the equally elegant formatting pane); you can ‘pin’ it or ‘unpin’
>it. In short, it’s one of the nicest implementations of an outliner I’ve
>found on the iPad.

In fact I don’t recall seeing a two-pane outliner for iPad before. Though I haven’t been looking - I’m very much a single-pane kind of guy. Nevertheless I can see the appeal for those who are looking for a 2-pane outliner for writing or for word processing actual MS Word etc. documents.

 


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