Upcoming SlideWriter iPad App Brings Enhanced Text Editing Concept To App Store

Upcoming SlideWriter iPad App Brings Enhanced Text Editing Concept To App Store

Editing text in iOS could be so much easier...

When Daniel Chase Hooper posted the concept for his simple text editing technique on the iPad, he most likely had no clue it would snowball into something so huge. After nearly every tech site on the internet posted the concept, a jailbreak tweak was made available a couple days later. Jailbroken iPad owners can use the editing techniques Hooper outlined right now (yes, they’re that good), and we’re hoping that Apple will add the functionality in a future version of iOS.

Now Hooper’s concept is making its way to the App Store in the form of an upcoming iPad app called SlideWriter.

A video demo for SlideWriter was posted by the app’s developer over the weekend:

For comparison, see the original concept:

Pretty similar, right? Both examples rely on finger dragging and holding to perform text editing functions that would otherwise have to be accomplished by the traditional ‘tap and hold’ method. The jailbreak tweak that applies Hooper’s concept, SwipeSelection, works exactly like SlideWriter. The only difference is that SwipeSelection is integrated into the iOS keyboard for use in any app. SlideWriter, due to Apple’s restrictions in the App Store, is self-contained.

An exact ETA for SlideWriter has not been given, but you can follow the app on Twitter for updates.

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  • mr_bee

    What this guy doesn’t realise is that by making it public he has severely *reduced* the possibility that Apple will use the idea.  the right approach would have been to quietly contact Apple about it. 

    The way this was done got maximum publicity and kudos for the designer, but the only way Apple can now use this is to actually *purchase* it from him (which might have been his plan all along).  
    There used to be a big notice on Apple’s website somewhere to the effect of “please don’t send us your ideas because that just means we can’t ever implement them.”  This is exactly that. 
  • JacktheMac

    ‘the right approach would have been to quietly contact Apple about it. ‘

    “please don’t send us your ideas because that just means we can’t ever implement them.”

    Eh ?

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