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One of the best text editors for iOS, the Markdown-powered Byword has been a firm favourite of ours with its simple iCloud and Dropbox integration and clean, distraction-free layout. With the release of iOS 7, the Portuguese-developed app has embraced this and has been updated with a more fitting UI and some other enhancements that make writing any quantity of text even more of a pleasure.

I put the latest release of Byword, now only available for iOS 7, through its paces to see what benefits it brings for those using Apple’s latest iOS release.

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I spent about two weeks making my initial decision to use Byword or iA Writer. I sound like a typical writer making the typical choice between two predictably minimalist apps, which is very true. But the reason I took so long is because I wanted something that fit my life perfectly. When your life involves writing online and your personal device is an iPhone, using a minimalist tool makes sense. I’m not writing for print here.

Originally, I chose iA Writer. I liked the blue cursor and the way the app felt when I used it. I loved the animations, and I liked its colour scheme. Today, thanks to Byword’s 2.0 update, positions have reversed and I now use Byword for all my writing needs. Read on to find out what made me switch.

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I have a huge thing for writing apps. It’s not that I want to write on the iPhone all the time; it’s just that I do. My iPhone is always with me and I’m always writing with it because it’s insanely convenient. And I have a core group of apps I always use to get the job done, but always feel there could be room to grow.

My feature list is admittedly pretty basic: I want great Dropbox support. I like a good font and I don’t need a lot of choice. I want to keep it simple, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to complicated functionality presented in simple ways. I just want something that works well and, most importantly, makes me want to write. Write for Dropbox is an app that promises me just that. (more…)

I can’t tell you if there are a lot of people who write on iPhones or if a lot of writers work for sites like this, but we review a lot of writing apps regardless. Most of the time these apps are very minimal in design and frequently just as minimal in the feature department.

But sometimes minimalism just doesn’t cut it. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to pop open an app and see nothing but my text. But sometimes you just need more functionality, and more functionality often means dropping the minimalist design. Writing Kit is one such app. It’s full of features that the minimalist writing apps are missing and has amassed its own legion of followers over the years. Is the app worth your hard-earned cash? Read on to find out. (more…)

Word processing and document editing is never going to be easy on the iPhone. The screen’s small, the keyboard’s smaller and you can’t insert any animated cat gifs, at least not without a lot of effort. There are some pretty spiffy writing apps for iOS, but it’s not the same as working on a desktop.

You know what, though? The iPhone is great at note-taking. Scribble out some ideas or outline your next draft — that’s where a writer can find some real use for an iPhone. Scratch, a note-taking app, is pushing those scribbles to the next level. Integration with just about everything and Markdown support really makes this little app a strong contender in the note-taking field. (more…)

The iPhone can be a professional writing platform. Yeah, I get these looks a lot when I say that, but it’s true! Granted, the larger iPad screen and keyboard are more comfortable, but if you don’t have a tablet or for some reason, you can make do with the iPhone quite nicely (and if you do have a tablet, check out this same comparison on our sister site, iPad.AppStorm).

Today we’ll take a look at two writing apps who stand for a very minimalistic approach in both their design and feature set, but are still powerful enough to serve the needs of even professionals. Byword and iA Writer have both long been popular Markdown editors on the Mac and have become available for the iPhone only recently. Let’s compare the two and see which one fits your requirements best.

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There’s something romantic about cataloguing our own lives. Thinking through our day and choosing the important parts, reveling in our successes and coming to grips with our failures, expressing thoughts that we wouldn’t even whisper to our closest of friends; those are the opportunites that a journal offers. Journals have been, traditionally, paper books that we hide in nooks and crannies, writing in ink by a flashlight so no one could see what we told to our inner selves.

Now, with the devices that we all carry in our pockets, on our nightstands, or on our desks, the journal needs to evolve. Why not make it easier and more secure to journal? That’s what Day One is for.

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If you’re always on the lookout for a great iPhone note-taking app, search no more: Elements is an excelent app that makes it easy to take notes on-the-go, sync them automatically to Dropbox and supports Markdown, an extremely practical way to format documents.

In this review, I’ll walk you through every feature this app has to offer, ranging from the already mentioned Dropbox synchronization, to exporting your documents to HTML and PDF.

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Have you ever wanted to format your iPhone email messages? Today we’re going to look at a popular new app, MarkdownMail, which makes it incredibly easy to create HTML formatted emails with the simplicity of Markdown markup.

The default iOS Mail app works great for most emailing purposes, but if you want to format your text or include lists, links, and more, you’ll need a more advanced app. MarkdownMail fills in this gap by letting you quickly create HTML formatted messages using simple Markdown formatting. No matter what email client your receiver is using, including the iOS Mail app, your message will be formatted just like you intended. Let’s take a look at this app and see if it will make emailing from your iOS device better for you.

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