I just got my first iPad and loving it so far. I’m looking for some writing/document management apps while I wait for Scrivener to release their iPad version. Writeroom and iaWriter are fine for straight writing but I’d prefer something with more organizational tools.
Daedalus doesn’t seem feature rich enough yet, though I’ve just started playing with it. I’ve heard mixed things about Notebooks, but it does look intriguing.
Anyone found any apps or processes they like? I’m banking on a long wait for iPad Scrivener.
I think I nave tried most of the writing tools of iOS. Notebooks syncs flawlessly with Dropbox, lets you read all sorts of files (PDFs, Word, .rtf, and many more) , and allows the same folders structure you have in Dropbox. Byword is very cool. Both Notebooks and Byword allow you to use Markdown. Notability will let you read and write .rtf files. If you are just waiting for iScrivener and need to use an interim app, Notebooks is probably what you need.
BTW, IA Writer and WriteRoom also can sync the same folder structure that Scrivener syncs in Dropbox. The advantage of Notebooks is that you can read (but not edit) other kinds of files in it, like PDFs. Unfortunately, Scrivener does not sync those files in Dropbox. I wonder why
I’m not sure I understand this statement. To Scrivener, Dropbox looks just like any other storage media. It’s Dropbox, not Scrivener, that manages the actual synchronization, and it should be able to synchronize anything contained in the project. Including PDFs.
Could you give a little more detail about what you’re trying to do?
Well, there are two issues somewhat conflated in my post. One is that some iOS text editors can only sync with one folder and no subfolders, which makes it difficult to use them with Scrivener projects that typically sync two separate folders (one called notes and the other one called…I don’t remember now). The ones I mention, though, can handle syncing folders and subfolders
The other issue is that even though there are some apps for iOS like Notebooks that lets you have a combination of text files (editable) and PDFS (readable) in folders and subfolders, the sync to external folder that Scrivener provides allows syncing of only text files
I totally agree about Notebooks. I have a bunch of apps for iOS (including Writeroom, of course) but now I am using almost exclusively Notebooks. However, people have different tastes and needs. I think best alternatives to Notebooks (if you don’t care about access to support research files like PDFs) are in my opinion IA Writer, Byword, and WriteRoom. IA Writer is definitely the best looking on the iPhone. Text is nicely legible, keyboard is nice and friendly.
I think you are right about extended keyboard and Daedalus Touch. One of the reasons I stopped using it is because eack stack syncs only with one Dropbox folder. Doesn’t work well with Scrivener. Perhaps they changed that feature now, I haven’t used it in a while. With DT there were also a few syncing related bugs in my experience. What I do now is to use mainly Notebooks on both iPad and iPhone, but if I have to write something outside a Scrivener project and relatively short, and I have only the iPhone, I tend to use IA Writer. Unless I need to use Markdown, in which case I go for Byword on the iPhone
In a practical sense, the most effective writing tool I have encountered is Writing Kit. It has its flaws, but offers a combination of features that more closely meet my needs than any of the other apps I have tried(dozens actually). When I write, it isn’t done in a vacuum. I need my research material at my fingertips. Writing Kit’s quick research and web browser with a brilliant implementation of online bookmark support and a web archive queue clinch the deal.
I really like the stack paradigm of daedalus touch also. The application is pretty buggy and still rather unresponsive on my iPad 3 unfortunately.
I really like the research features in Notes Plus, but I’m not a big fan of handwriting apps in general(I’m of the generation of horrible handwriting but 100 wpm typing ).