Sunday, May 02, 2010

Writing on the pad

Laptop Killer or Space Filler: Can an Author Write a Book on the iPad?, article.

And another article on pad writing.

The consensus, counting my own researches, is that the iPad is perfectly capable of being a fine writing tool, only that if you are used to touch-typing, the compact and attractive Apple bluetooth keyboard is a great idea.
And that the next OS with multitasking will help.

And the big one: we simple need a few good apps for writing, made for the iPad. Including some simple ones for just raw writing.
Apple's Pages app is not bad, but it's more for page layout and it is for amateurs, for instance it does not have a word count.
My Writing Nook is also not bad, but so far it does not have any undo function. (I talked to the author, and he has taken my suggestion to heart of making one.)

We already have thousands of friggin games for the pad, let's get some useful software, please guys. :-)

Update:
Philocalist said...
If (when!) I've made a typo when posting, I've never been aware of an edit function to allow me to correct it, so how come an author can apparently entirely remove a post?
Am I missing something?

TC [Girl] said...
Philocalist: you have to be logged into a gmail account in order to delete your posts.

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About Me said...

Hi,

Nice post and very informative. thanks for the great sharing.

Cheers

Philocalist said...

Just curious, but how does that work then?
'That' being the entry at the top, marked 'Comment deleted / This post was removed by the author'

If (when!) I've made a typo when posting, I've never been aware of an edit function to allow me to correct it, so how come an author can apparently entirely remove a post?
Am I missing something?
(Just asking!:-) )

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

I'm not sure. It's normal that you can remove a post you made (a little trash-can icon), I don't know why it does not show up for you.

TC [Girl] said...

Philocalist: you have to be logged into a gmail account in order to delete your posts.

Philocalist said...

Ah :-) Thanks to you both. Always feels better when I learn something new, no matter how small!

Bruce said...

Do you have Goodreader on your iPad yet? You can edit text files with this, among other things. That's raw writing at it's rawest. Goodreader will let you mount it's "documents folder" on the iPad as a disk on your Mac, and do it via WiFi, which is very convenient.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Oooh, I didn't know the wifi thing, how do I do that?

If I want just a text editor, I have one for iPad called Wwrite, it's probably pretty good. But I like to have basic formatting, and things like having space between paragraphs without having two returns.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

OK, I found the data here.