The Best Apps For Any Kind Of Writing

Title: The Best Apps for Any Kind of Writing (excellent article)

Author: Thorin Klosowski

Full Text & Source: http://lifehacker.com/the-best-apps-for-any-kind-of-writing-1563998071

The Internet, Online, 28/10/2015

Sample Text:

Since Microsoft Word is the industry standard, it’s good to get your bearings with it. Word is the most popular because it has the most features. With Word, you can do just about anything you could imagine with your text. It features all types of formatting options, customizable toolbars, application-specific keyboard shortcuts, draft versions, collaboration, and more. It’s the kitchen sink of word processors, and if that’s what you need, Word’s you best option. That said, LibreOffice’s Writer is pretty good these days if you prefer free software.

If you’re not a fan of the visual clutter in Microsoft Word but you’re stuck with it, you can clean it up pretty easily. That’ll at least make it a little less distracting to use.

For Novelists Who Hate Microsoft Word: Scrivener/Ulysses III

Microsoft Word might be the default app for writing a novel, but it’s not necessarily the best. If you’re looking for something created with long form writing in mind, both Scrivener and Ulysses III are excellent choices.

Scrivener ($45) is a Windows and Mac app that gives you a single place to dump all your ideas and writing. It includes tools to keep notes, collect research, outline, and organize your writing. With all that, you can navigate to different sections of your text, jump around to different parts of research, and find whatever you’re looking for with powerful search options…………

Ulysses III ($44.99) for Mac takes a similar approach to Scrivener, but simplifies things a little bit. It uses plain text or Markdown for writing, but also includes statistics, notes, exporting, organization, and more. The Markdown support means you can use it for regular old blogging just as easily as for novel writing. ………………………

Both Ulysses and Scrivener have demo versions, so check them both out and see which works best for you.

For Distraction-Free Writing: FocusWriter

There’s no shortage of distraction-free writing tools out there, and most of them are pretty similar. After all, the main goal of a distraction-free writing app is provide a blank canvas to write on in a nice, full-screen view—and nothing else. That said, we like FocusWriter because it’s free, works across Windows, Mac, and Linux, and includes a few optional features if you’re looking for something more than a blank page…………….

For Screenplays: Final Draft/Fade In/Trelby

Final Draft is the industry standard for writing screenplays on both Windows and Mac. At $250, it’s a tough sell, but it has everything you’ll need. It includes a massive notes section for keeping track of characters, an index card system for summaries, a special scene view so you can see a script at a glance, and more…….

That said, you don’t have to use Final Draft if you don’t want to. Fade In is cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) script writing software with features that rival Final Draft for just $50. Like Final Draft, it comes with organization tools, revision tools, a ton of autocomplete tools, and a variety of formatting options. Fade In doesn’t have all the extra bells and whistles that Final Draft does, but if writing is all you care about, Fade In has what you need.

All that said, if you just want to dip your toe into screenwriting, Trelby is a free alternative for Windows, Mac, and Linux, that has enough features to at least get you started. Just don’t expect more than a text editor with screenwriting formating built into it.

For Editing: Hemingway/Marked 2/Phraseology

Editing is often the hardest part of writing, but you won’t find a ton of tools specifically made for dreaded task……

Hemingway is a web app that highlights problems in your writing. Once you paste your text into it, Hemingway highlights hard to read sentences, adverbs, complex phrases, and passive voice…….

On the Mac, we like Marked 2. Technically, Marked 2 is just a Markdown previewer, but it includes a ton of tools for writers. You’ll get word counts and a ton of advanced document statistics, but its best feature is “Visualize Word Repetition.”….

For a similar experience to Hemingway on your iPad, we like Phraseology. It’s a fantastic tool that includes syntax highlighting, statistics tools, readability scores, and root word breakdowns. Basically, it gives you every piece of data about your writing you could want so you can pinpoint how to fix it up.

For Journaling: Day One/RedNotebook

If you’d prefer an open source (and Windows/Linux) option for journaling, RedNotebook is your best bet. It’s a pretty simple app that lets you quickly get to writing a journal entry and moving on. Once you get going, you can easily search through old journals, find specific dates, and do just about everything else you’d expect to do in a journal.

Without a doubt, Day One is the best journaling app for iOS and Mac. On top of providing a clean place to write your thoughts, it also includes syncing, photo imports, a passcode lock, a public publish option, reminders, Markdown support, and more. It also pulls in a lot of information automatically, so you can add weather, location information, and even your daily exercise……..

Once you get going, you should see all kinds of handy benefits from journaling, regardless of which app you choose.

For Writing on the iPad: Editorial

We liked Editorial when it was first released, and it’s still the most powerful writing program on the iPad. The reason is pretty simple: Editorial lets you make it as simple or as complicated as you want it…..

MacStories has a fantastic starter guide that should answer any questions.

You have hundreds of writing apps on the iPad (and iPhone) to choose from and each has their own strengths. Which one works best for you likely depends on what you’re looking for, but this chart should help you pick the right one.

For Writing on an Android Tablet: Write

Writing on your Android tablet doesn’t offer nearly the (over) abundance of app choices as on an iPad, but Write checks off most of the boxes for anyone looking for a simple writing app.

At its core, Write is a full screen writing app that gives you a place to dump your ideas and just write in plain text. …………

Of course, if you’re looking for more power, TextMaker, Google Docs, and QuickOffice are excellent choices that work more like a word processor than just a writing tool.

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