Category: Productivity Seller:Infovole e.K. Requirements: iOS 3.2 or later Compatibility: iPad File Size: 2.8 MB Version Reviewed: 1.3 Price: Free
Text editingon the iPad has an array of functional shortcomings compared with crunchng text on a Mac or PC. Touchscreens just don’t lend themselves to efficient text selection, navigation, and manipulation.
A couple of software app tools that mitigate at least some of these issues are Infovole GmbH’s Textkraft text processor app and its multilingual user oriented stablemate Schreibkraft, which supports 10 languages in 14 country-specific flavors. They sell for $7.99 and $2.99, respectively, on the Apple App Store.
Textkraft brings a significantly improved user interface environment and an array of text editing and proofing tools to the iOS, while Schreibkraft offers a somewhat less comprehensive range of features.
However, Infovole has now added yet another alternative to its suite of iPad text apps, this one called 1a Easy Writer, which sells for a friendly $0.99.
With Easy Writer, Infovole has slimmed down their extensive Textkraft user interface to leave the standard keyboard and just one row of special text-selection-, navigation- and “missing-character”-buttons. The spell-check feature highlights unknown words, and a jump-back button allows users to return to their point of interest instantly. Easy Writer also supports doing research on Wikipedia and Wiktionary without leaving the app. iOS standard touch editing is supported, but augmented by the selection of editing and navigation buttons in Easy Writer’s button bar. It makes things a lot more convenient and efficient.
Like its more powerful siblings, Easy Writer features an editing scratch pad and spaces for several works-in progress that can be switched among with a couple of taps; in this instance, three to TextKraft’s five. You can import and export files directly from/to iTunes, File Sharing, Dropbox, and iCloud, as with Textkraft. In addition to support for saving to a folder or device, you can also Tweet, email, or printing using AirPrint directly from Easy Writer.
In summary, Easy Writer’s main attributes are:
Quick text selection tools.
The magic “euç”-button sets all diacritical marks and accents.
Font size pinching.
Fast navigation with 10 cursor keys.
Upper-/lowercase by keystroke.
Typographical quotes and other special chars.
Support for onscreen & Bluetooth keyboards.
Wikipedia full-text search and online dictionary—all languages supported.
Locked reading mode.
Import & export with Dropbox, iCloud and iTunes file sharing.
Sharing text as attachment, email or Twitter message.
Direct communication with Pages, Evernote and other Apps.
Easy Writer’s interface isn’t nearly as powerful as Textkraft’s or even Schreibkraft’s, but it’s still way out in front of the default iOS text interface in terms of power and convenience. Personally, I prefer Textkraft for my purposes, but it does cost eight times as much as Easy Writer, and the latter is well worth the buck it costs.
I do wish Infovole hadn’t decided to require the Shift key to access the n-dash button on easy Writer and Schreibkraft, unlike the quick access you get in TextKraft.
Rating? None of these apps is the perfect solution to the iOS’s text-handling deficiencies yet, but TextKraft is the best iPad text environment I’ve discovered yet. I’ll give it a four out of five, and Easy Writer three out of five, based on default iOS text support at one out of five. Price-dependent, however, Easy Writer narrows the gap with Textkraft if your needs are more modest.