Review: Daedalus Touch and Writing On The iPad
I’ve been looking for good writing apps. Scrivener is amazing for Apple laptops. But since I switched to an iPad full-time, that’s a no-go (and for whatever reason, it’s not forthcoming as an iOS app).
I tried WriteRoom, which is great for getting words out, but the file structure is stupid, and writing anything of many pieces or length is a real pain. Further, I didn’t have control over formatting the way I like. (Also, anyone who has ever worked with me will tell you I have an odd formatting habit. Basically, 1.2x spaced Georgia with a bolded huge Helvetica headline. If you don’t send it to me that way, I’ll change it so that it is. That’s not an option with WriteRoom.)
Pages is OK for short work (under ten pages), but not long (book or book-t0-be). I love OmniOutliner on the laptop, but not sure if I want to spend the money for the iPad version.
Enter Daedalus Touch. Cool product. Lets me write white on black, which is great on the eyes. The formatting I like is default. Anyway, much more importantly, they really get design for the iPad. Gestures are both intuitive and useful (oddly rare in the current generation of apps). The document structure is coherent and useful (you essentially get infinite-length pages that you can stack atop one another). For example, each of my stacks is a book or article in progress. Individual pages are sections. It just works. You write and organize and move on. They need help with the editing part of a writer’s workflow though. More on that in the next post .
Below is a video that illustrates the concept.
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