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Posted by MadaboutDana
Sep 7, 2013 at 08:34 AM


There will be those who sigh heavily when they see yet another topic on text in workflows - what’s it got to do with outliners, eh? - but they may change their minds (especially if they’re iOS device owners) after reading the excellent review of the iOS app Editorial at http://www.macstories.net/stories/editorial-for-ipad-review/

For those who decide to investigate Editorial in more detail (and ConnectedText aficionados would be well-advised to do so, because the workflows you can create with Editorial are truly astonishing), the same author has also written a (very good) book with much more detailed information on Editorial. It’s titled ‘Writing on the iPad: Text Automation with Editorial’.

Mobile apps are redefining the outliner, in fact, because so many note-taking apps are effectively two-pane outliners (even when the navigation pane only pops up when required). There has been an amazing proliferation of interesting text editors, with apps like As Noted, NoteSuite, Notebooks and many others all using a mixture of two-pane and single-pane outlining, as well as other models (As Noted and Editorial both use side-swiping screens to very good effect).

Ultimately, it’s all about efficiency and workflow. Which is why I’m looking forward to seeing Scrivener on iOS (yes, it’s in process, but may not appear till next year). And where workflow is concerned, Editorial is king!


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 7, 2013 at 07:02 PM


If I understand things correctly, this is nothing less than amazing; it does for writing what Zoot does for personal databases…


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 7, 2013 at 07:02 PM


...and for $4.99.


Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 7, 2013 at 08:14 PM


MadaboutDana wrote:
>- but they
>may change their minds (especially if they’re iOS device owners) after
>reading the excellent review of the iOS app Editorial at

I’m a bit sceptical about the claim made in the article (which I only managed to read half-way through) that with Editorial now you can do all your work on the iPad. Why? Because, ironically, both Safari and Chrome crashed on my iPad 1 when I tried to read that very article. At this point I’m unable to read it, unless I power up my old and trusted Asus netbook running XP.

Another case in point: when I bought my iPad, I also bought an Apple Wireless Keyboard, thinking, I will use it to become more productive with my iPad. Instead, I use that keyboard with my desktop PC and I even take it on trips to use it with my… netbook, but never with my iPad. The fact is that my netbook can run pretty much all my productivity software that I use on the desktop. The iPad is very far from providing all that functionality.

Which is not to say that I’m not intrigued with Editorial and this overall trend towards more sophisticated iOS apps. But it might suit certain professions (journalists, bloggers etc.) more than others.

Or I’ll just have to buy a newer iPad…


Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 8, 2013 at 02:43 PM


Dr Andus wrote:
>Or I’ll just have to buy a newer iPad…

I’ve only just noticed that Editorial, Drafts and all the other fancy editors with automation require iOS v.6, while my iPad 1 is terminal with iOS v.5. Yet another reason to upgrade to a newer iPad…


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