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.