Availability of good productivity software for the iPad seems to finally be a reality. My personal favorites include the trio of text processor apps from German developer Infovole, which announced this week what it calls a March Update Marathon for Textkraft, Schreibkraft, and Easy Writer. Over the the next few weeks, all of the Infovole text Apps for iPad will be updated. The marathon kicked off with the Premium-App Schreibkraft and the price-leader Easy Writer this week. An updated version of Textkraft will be available shortly. I eagerly downloaded the updates to the copies of Schreibkraft and Easy Writer I’ve been using to check them out.
I’ll discuss Schreibkraft first, and the Easy Writer update in a separate mini-review.
I already liked Schreibkraft a lot, and this update makes it even better. I still prefer Infovole’s flagship Textkraft, but Schreibkraft sells for less than half the price of Textkraft, and offers most of the latter’s text-crunching features, plus its marquee multilingual capabilities, for just three bucks.
The update comes with two new features to enhance working with text:
The new Spell-Aid-button recognizes unknown and wrong words. That way the user can focus on the phrasing and then revise text conveniently.
The Jump-Back-button, which only shows up if the cursor is not visible in the current window, brings the user back to his or her latest cursor position immediately.
In addition to those feature enhancements, Infovole’s media relations spokesperson Kathrin Sauerwien tells me that are also many detail enhancements and optimizations for already existing features, as well as a better performance in “extreme situations” (although she didn’t elaborate what those might be). Whatever, Schreibkraft has what seems to be a more polished feel than the previous version did, and it was already pretty good.
Schreibkraft’s distinctive capability among the three Infovole apps is that it “speaks” 10 languages in 14 country-specific flavors with no need to switch regions or keyboards. The app supports the user in all needed languages at the same time. The “magic éüç-button” automatically sets all diacritical marks, accents and umlauts.
Like Textkraft, Schriebkraft features an extensive selection of text editing, correcting, and navigation function keys, although there is just one row of them as opposed to the several rows that can be configured in Textkraft. There are also pop-up panels for document information and dictionary look-up. The key I miss most in Schreibkraft is Textkraft’s dedicated n-dash key.
However, Schreibkraft is still a great value at $2.99 on the App Store; the class of the field amongst iOS text editors I’ve sampled except for the more than twice-as-expensive Textkraft.
All Infovole Apps come with a wide basic range of unique features:
An array of text-selection tools.
Rapid memories for working on different documents at the same time.
Special keys for diacritical marks, accents and special chars.
The Spell-Aid-button finds unknown and wrong words with a keystroke.
10 cursor keys and a Jump-back-button for quick navigation through the text.
Switch from upper to lower case with one keystroke.
Full support of all onscreen- and bluetooth-keyboards.
Built-in Wikipedia full-text search and online-dictionaries.
Import & Export via Dropbox, iCloud and iTunes File Sharing with Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iPad and Android.
Sharing text as mail-attachment, e-mail text or Twitter-message.
Direct exchange with Pages, Evernote and many other Apps.
Schreibkraft is compatible with iOS 3.2, 4.x, 5.0 or newer, and costs $2.99 in the App Store.