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Squarespace is a great website builder for those of us who don’t have the time to either code our own websites or simply don’t know how. I’ve used it for both my personal blog and my professional site, and I’m largely happy with it. (Once I find time, I’ll be hand coding my own professional site, but that’s not because Squarespace isn’t adequate. It’s because I want to code it when I can find the time, simply for the joy of coding.)

That being said, anybody who uses Squarespace knows that it was a giant pain to post anything to your site from your iPhone or iPad. Unlike CMS like Tumblr or WordPress, Squarespace’s older apps were massively inconvenient. They didn’t allow you to edit any posts that had images, and you couldn’t write in Markdown or do any layout work. With Squarespace Blog, that all changes. Read on to find out more about the conveniences of a Squarespace blog on your iOS device. (more…)

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’m a huge notetaker on my iPhone. I find I often have too many notes that I’m taking, and I can’t always remember where one is stored. Between the stock Notes app, Simplenote, Evernote or even Dropbox, I’m often a little lost. And I don’t think I’m alone.

So I’m a little interested in apps that can compile all these document sources and make it easy for me to find what I’m looking for. This is exactly what Notella claims to do. Notella is a clever little app that manages your Evernote, Dropbox and Simplenote accounts from one little location, allowing you to search through them and edit or compose more notes. Read on for my thoughts on the app.
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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…)

There are many different theories about what dreams are and why we have them, but some say our dreams tell us what we want. And if that’s true, then analyzing the people, places and things that appear in our dreams can help us learn something about ourselves.

Dreamboard Mobile is a free app that not only serves as an alarm clock, but also allows you to log your dreams, create a dream journal and, hopefully, learn something about yourself in the process.

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Unlike the vast majority of professions, Writing requires no qualifications of its purveyors — anybody can be one. The boundless level of expression afforded to authors of any genre is unmatched by any other art form. A level of expression limited not by talent or ability, but only by the imagination of the craftsman. It has been said that writing itself is not difficult, but rather the difficulty arises with forming good ideas.

Authors cannot be taught how to be creative or imaginative; it is for themselves to coax ideas out of their minds. What can be encouraged, however, is the development of those oh-so-rare seedlings of invention into fully rooted bougainvillea. Writers App isn’t designed to boost imagination, but it does provide the tools needed to help cultivate your ideas into flourishing works of literature. Intrigued? Let’s find out more. (more…)

Got writer’s block? Want more power in your prose? Looking to spice up anemic assignments? The Poynter Institute’s Help! For Writers app summons your inner Shakespeare, thanks to the advice crafted by the school’s leading experts on writing.

Whether you write for your profession, for pleasure or both, coming to screeching halt when penning that next masterpiece can be crippling. Will this app help move things along and make you a better wordsmith in the process? Find out after the break. (more…)

I remember having a discussion with a fellow writer here at AppStorm about how we write and what tools we use. He kept talking about how great Simplenote was, and how amazing it was to have all of your documents on every device you use. I remember thinking, “Why would I ever want that?” Then I downloaded the app and found out.

Simplenote is, at its core, a note taking app. But don’t let that stop you from using it the way I do: as a full fledged text editor. Find out the deets after the jump.

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