Word-2-Text – iPad App Review

As useful and fun as the iPad can be, one of the enduring challenges sometimes is getting it to place nice with others. Opening Microsoft Word documents for example–the standard word processing program for many people — can be a real pain.

The new Word-2-Text app aims to make that process a little bit easier. Word-2-Text is a robust document converter that allows you to download Microsoft Word documents (including DOCX files) and convert them into plain text. The process is pretty simple–you can import files from your Dropbox account, iCloud or via iTunes file sharing. Or, use the app to open files received elsewhere–i.e., through your e-mail program. Once the file is opened, you can then export it to another program such as Evernote or Pages. You can also e-mail the text (either within-in the e-mail or as an attachment), copy it to your clipboard, send it to a text editor or save it.

The app works particularly well with the developer’s text editing app Textkraft but is also compatible with other text processors.  In addition, font sizes are adjustable via the two-finger pinch method. Handy for those of us with aging eyes.
Perhaps most important, Word-2-Text preserves a document’s original layout and any comments, footnotes, end notes, etc that are inserted into the text.What I liked: Importing and exporting is super easy and the ability to send text to a wireless-enabled printer is particularly nice.

What I didn’t like: The app’s makers state that “only a few Apps can open Microsoft® Word®-documents, and most of them just display the content without giving the possibility to edit it.” Although the description is later clarified,  that sentence is a little misleading. You can’t edit within Word-2-Text–you must export it into another app (Evernote or Textkraft, for example) before being able to change any content. It would be nice if this app offered even simple in-line editing capabilities–nothing fancy, just the option to rewrite or add text. Even without that option however, this app is nicely functional.

To buy or not to buy: The $1.99 price tag makes this a good choice for someone seeking a simple but effective text converter.

  • App Name: Word-2-Text
  • Version Reviewed: 1.0
  • Category: Utilities
  • Developer: Infovole GmbH
  • Price: $1.99
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About Rachel: Rachel is a writer living in Northern California. She spends way too much time online; follow her at @writegrrrl