Writing Kit Makes Writing And Research Easy On iOS [Review]

Writing Kit screenshot

If you need to do some serious writing on your iPad, you should give Writing Kit a try.

It’s more than a text editor – the word “kit” in its name is the giveaway. This app is about the process of writing, which often (especially for non-fiction) means more than simply typing words.

Research, references and facts need to be found, checked and sometimes mentioned in the text. What Writing Kit does, with considerable flair, is combine the two tasks, writing and research, in one very attractive iOS-friendly package.

It comes with its own web browser, which uses Instapaper‘s text engine to reformat the web into something more suitable for mobile devices. Pages are stripped of adverts and other unwanted junk – all you get is the text you wanted in the first place.

There’s also the Quick Research pane, like a mini browser for checking spellings, meanings and facts. Often, this will be all you need, but the browser proper is there if necessary.

Link Writing Kit to Dropbox and your documents are automatically saved there too, making it extremely easy to reach them on other devices when you need to.

There’s so much more packed into this app: word count, document outlines, TextExpander support, browser bookmarks and a reading queue, HTML export, and that’s just some of the documented stuff. There are even more tiny little extras tucked away in the corners. The only downside I’ve seen is one or two crashes, but neither of them resulted in my losing any work. Development of Writing Kit is very active so I’m confident any bugs will be ironed out soon.

If writing matters to you, and you’re looking for a good way of doing it on your iPad, you should give Writing Kit a try. At $4.99, it’s excellent value for money.

Rating: ★★★★½

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  • prof_peabody

    Looks good, but it looks aimed at a narrow market.  It would be good for non-fiction work that takes the Internet as it’s major source (blogging basically), but not for any other non-fiction work and not for fiction at all.  

    The fact that it doesn’t offer iCloud support is also a non-starter for me, and will be an increasing problem over time for most other potential users as well. 

  • NukemHill

    Actually, for some fiction writers, especially historical fiction, this would be completely appropriate.

  • bigphil

    most journal readings will bein pdf form.. i’m interested: will it let you http to the library and search for you journal, and save it to the drop box, or bring up and view, digest, and then add to yours? what about my data on my drop box?…can i look at that , and then get back to writing about it…?
    i am off to have a looksee

  • prof_peabody

    True.  It would have to be very detailed stuff for it to be worthwhile to be checking the Internet all the time.  The kind of stuff for research I have to look up is not often *on* the Internet.  

  • prof_peabody

    True.  It would have to be very detailed stuff for it to be worthwhile to be checking the Internet all the time.  The kind of stuff for research I have to look up is not often *on* the Internet.  

  • quanganhdo

    Hi, I’m the developer of Writing Kit.

    It’s true that the current shipping version of the app doesn’t support iCloud, but it has already got Dropbox syncing built-in, so you can quickly transfer your work between different devices. Granted some may prefer to use the seamless iCloud syncing, and I’m looking into that direction as well.

  • Ghd200

    This really is an excellent app for any writing. I use it for approx 3000 word non-fiction pieces (not blogging) and use its very good Markdown features in the process. I’ve tried a few – this is way and ahead the best.

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Giles TurnbullGiles Turnbull is a freelance writer in England. He also writes for the Press Association and The Morning News. You can find out more at his website, and follow him on Twitter @gilest.

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