writing

Write for Mac review

A robust note-taking and text composition tool for Mac OS X 10.7 and up, Write for Mac provides a neatly organized writing environment with plenty of useful features, including a real-time word counter and the ability to tag and search notes.

Pros

Highly organized and searchable notes: Write for Mac allows you to organize notes from multiple sources in various locations. On the leftmost side of the application, you can quickly find your notes by clicking on the folders or tags. Finding and accessing all your notes is fast and easy with the "search" function.

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PhotoWrite Free review

PhotoWrite Free provides you with tools and effects that you can add to your photos to create special mementos or holiday greetings. With this tool, you can add all of the information you want to your images so that they convey the whole story behind the shot, and share or save them.

This app has an intuitive and straightforward interface, with options on the home screen for selecting a photo or reading more about the app. You can choose a photo from your camera roll, take one through the app, or use one that you've previously saved in the … Read more

Smart Writing Tool 7notes review

Smart Writing Tool is a note-taking app that lets you write with your finger or stylus, or type as you normally would on a keyboard. This is especially useful if you want to draw a picture or diagram to send to someone or to save for future reference. With the premium version of the app, you can also combine written notes with voice recording.

When you open Smart Writing Tool for the first time, you're introduced to the various features of the app by a comprehensive tutorial. You can test out the features and get a good feel for … Read more

Smart Writing Tool - 7notes HD review

Smart Writing Tool - 7notes HD gives you the tools to take notes in a variety of ways and include them all in one document. You can type on a virtual keyboard, write things out longhand with your finger or a stylus, or draw a diagram to ensure your instructions or reminders are clear. You can then quickly send them off in an e-mail or post them to Twitter, Facebook, and more.

This app has an intuitive and accessible interface, and the tutorial that opens the first time you use the app clearly explains how to take advantage of all … Read more

SpeakWrite review

The SpeakWrite app lets you easily record dictation and send it to SpeakWrite, a transcription service that promises to return your typed document in about three hours. Although we can't speak to the quality of SpeakWrite's services, the app, itself, functions just fine.

SpeakWrite has an intuitive interface featuring an image of a microphone and a large, clearly labeled "Record" button. Just press the button, begin speaking, and press "Pause" when you're done. You can then save the file within the app or click the "Submit" button to send the file … Read more

Text editor Phraseology for iPad can improve your writing

Phraseology is a text editor for the iPad that teaches you about your writing style. On the surface, the app -- currently priced at $1.99 for a "limited time" -- is a simple text editor. It features a blank canvas and an expanded keyboard that includes undo and redo buttons along with multiple and useful cursor and selection control keys. You can write in plain-text or Markdown mode to preview your HTML output, and in settings you can sync to Dropbox or iCloud to backup your Phraseology docs. The app also supplies a handful of font choices … Read more

Review: EGW Writings shares the writing of Ellen G. White on an iOS device

EGW Writings is a compilation of thousands of writings by one of the most prolific writers in American history -- Ellen G. White. Since the vast majority of White's writings were on topics of spirituality and religion, the format is split here between essays and papers and her writings on The Bible and other religious texts. The result is an easy-to-navigate app that provides numerous tools for finding different bits of information and opinions she expressed in her works.

EGW Writings opens much like any other compilation app on the iPhone. There is a central browser that allows you … Read more

Livescribe 3 sends handwritten notes straight to your iPhone or iPad

The Livescribe 3 is a wireless ink pen that automatically syncs your handwritten notes with your iPhone or iPad.

This is totally going on my holiday wish list.

Livescribe pens have long offered the ability to "record" your notes, but early models required manual syncing with your PC if you wanted to view them. Last year's Sky Wifi model cleverly added cloud syncing to the mix, delivering your scribbles straight to your Evernote account -- but only when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

With the Livescribe 3, everything happens locally: the pen pairs with your iPhone or … Read more

The Toshiba Excite Write is an overpriced, under-featured tablet

I could easily forgive the Toshiba Excite Write for failing to breach much new ground in the stylus tablet department, but its $600 price is the ultimate deal breaker. There just isn't enough offered here -- whether in performance or features -- to justify that price.

The Write's biggest issue is integration. Or lack thereof. Toshiba's TruNote Stylus app is severely limited in function, and while the pen can be used to navigate the OS, its functionality pales in comparison to Samsung's Note line of tablets whose write-to-text features makes the S Pen feel like a … Read more

Review: Write SMS by Voice lives up to its name, but is infested with ads

Write SMS by Voice is designed to help you text without using your hands, but it comes with plenty of strings attached. First, you have to deal with dozens of ads before you even get to the app's menu. What's even worse is that this application makes you actually use your hands to finish the text.

Before you even get to the app's menu, you have to wade through four different ad agreements. Even if you don't agree, Write SMS by Voice still slams you with ads in your status bar before you can even start … Read more