Writing Kit, the app with which I write each and every Cult of Mac post for your daily enjoyment, has received an update. And it’s a big one. If you never use the app much, it might at first appear to have changed very little. But if you’re a regular writer, then the changes are huge.
First up is a rewrite of the Dropbox sync. Previously, it could be slow, and if you worked on documents in both Writing Kit and elsewhere, things could get messy (with “conflicted” copies quickly piling up). Now, the app supports local and Dropbox storage, and if you opt for the latter, you can now browse your entire Dropbox folder hierarchy. This is pretty huge, and will let me delete a few other text editing apps from my iPad. Better still: syncing is way faster. Or at least, it happens in the background so you don’t have to wait every time you want to create a new document.
You also get a “recent documents” list, a faster preview (it could seem like it was hanging in the past) and support for dictionary lookup, Google, Bing and Yahoo searches in the quick-research popover. Sadly, the default search is still the slow and terrible DuckDuckGo, and I haven’t yet found a way to switch that out — you need to pick Google every time you search.
The neat in-app research, Instapaper/Readability/Read It Later support, Markdown tools and crazy amount of export options are all still there.
If you haven’t yet tried out Writing Kit, now might be the time to do so. It’s $5, and even works on your iPhone. Like I said — I use it every day.
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