Looking for a Writing App

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by Rycr, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Rycr macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2011
    I'm looking for a good writing app, but I have one simple requirement that has so far kept me from using most of the popular writing apps.

    Basically, I hate markdown.

    When writing using pretty much any word processor on my computer, be it Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer, or even something as simple as TextEdit, I can see the formatting as I'm typing. When I want something to be in bold or italicized, I type the keyboard shortcut or click the toolbar button, and everything after that appears bold or italicized as I type it.

    I've yet to find an iPad text editor with anything but markdown formatting. I want to be able to see the formatting while editing the document. I don't even need a lot of formatting options. Just the basic bold/italic/underline.

    Of course, there are other things I'd like such as cloud sync support (Dropbox is preferable but anything else would still be okay as long as I can edit offline and sync later). Basic file organization is also a plus (not as important, but I'd love folders, categories, or even tags). But other than those, I don't really need anything else. I don't need a distraction-free environment (although that wouldn't be a bad thing). I don't need tons of formatting features like Pages has.

    The only non-markdown editor with sync capabilities that I've found is Evernote, but I can't edit anything offline without subscribing to premium with a monthly fee. Google Docs is great, but again, I can't edit my files offline and sync them back up later. I've been using Notebooks for iPad recently, as it is amazing in almost every way, but its markdown formatting constantly bothers me so I'm looking for alternatives.

    tl;dr: I want a WYSIWYG* text editor with bold/italics/underline capabilities, offline editing with sync (Dropbox is best but I'll settle for anything), and basic organization with folders or tags.

    Any ideas?
  2. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Have you tried Notability? You can sync to Dropbox in rich text format.
  3. Rycr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2011
    Wow, that's almost exactly what I wanted.

    I looked into Notability before, but from what I saw of it, it seemed more like a drawing and note-taking app. I had no idea it could handle RTF too.
  4. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    I must be missing something because there are dozens of word processors like this in the App Store. I mainly use Pages and newPad+ but search for "word processors" and you will find many.
  5. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    It's $5 a month for Evernote, $45 a year. It will give you one of the best writing / organizational tools out there. I'd go with that.

    Whatever you do, though, I'd learn to love markdown :)
  6. benlinus121 macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2013
    My Writing Nook is a simple, distraction-free writing App that, despite its simplicity, incorporates most of the necessary features that make up a decent work processor. Featuring autosave, word count, password protection, document organization, and free online websync, My Writing Nook is a good choice for needing to simply write.

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