Daedalus Touch 1.1 has more new toys than the average v2.0
Daedalus Touch — the writing app I keep in my iPad’s dock — has received a big update which adds new features and tweaks some annoyances. Despite being numbered v1.1, there’s a lot of cool new stuff.
As you will remember, Daedalus Touch tosses out the files and folders metaphor and replaces it with stacks of virtual paper. You navigate between these stacks, and drill down to deeper levels, entirely through swipes and pinches. Each sheet of “paper” can be as long as you like, and you just swipe left to add another sheet. In use, it is fast, simple and totally intuitive.
First, the new things I like best. The keyboard now has an extra row above the keyboard. This thin strip contains keys for tabs, parentheses, double quotes, a dash, a colon and forward delete. These are just the defaults, though, and can be customized to anything you like, just with a long press. You can also tap the margins to advance the cursor left and right, and tap with two fingers to move a word at a time.
That would probably be enough to get me excited, but there is also a new larger text option (handy when using external keyboards, or just if, like me, you’re getting on a bit), and a “console” color scheme for nerds who feel at home in a terminal window.
Next up is the ability to sync with several Dropbox folders simultaneously. This means you can add an existing folder from your Dropbox and all of the documents therein will appear as a separate stack. These still need to be manually synced, but if they’re not, the app icon is now badged with the number of “dirty” stacks.
You can also print, or export to PDF, and during the export any stacks that don’t have titles can be grouped together. This is done by touching the individual pages to choose which ones to export. Again, it’s easier to do than to explain.
Finally, there are bug fixes, and more importantly to the user the navigation is smoother. Pinching in and out still doesn’t seem to zoom the pages in quite the same way as the OS default, but that doesn’t affect the utility any.
If you are already using Daedalus Touch, you’ll be happy with the update. If you’re not, it only costs $6. That’s a hell of a lot less than you paid for your copy of Microsoft Word (you did pay for it, right?)