PadGadget Weekly App Series — Apps for Writers

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included five essential apps for writers in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

This week’s category is: Apps for Writers

1. Pages ($9.99) — Pages for iPad brings all the beauty and elegance of its sister program for the Mac to iOS. From managing images, customizing layouts, and (obviously) top-notch word processing capabilities, this universal app offers unparalleled options for a user’s word processing needs. Thanks to iCloud integration Pages keeps your documents synced across all of your devices. Pages looks great on any Apple device, but is especially stunning on the new iPad’s Retina display.


2. iA Writer ($0.99) — If you are looking for a simple, dependable text editor, look no farther than iA Writer. This universal app offers keyboard expansion (arrow keys!), as well as reliable syncing with iCloud or Dropbox. iA Writer lets the user write and edit text wherever an she wishes. iA Writer is optimized for the new iPad, supports AirPlay, and even supports simple gesture controls. At its current price, it is a must-own app for every writer who uses an iPad.


3. Daedalus Touch for iPad ($4.99) — Daedalus Touch for iPad picks up where iAWriter leaves off. Daedalus Touch includes simple gesture controls, as well as an intuitive filing system that allows the user to save work in stacks, rather than hierarchical filing systems. Additionally, Daedalus Touch offers a built-in web browser, which will be a boon to any writer that uses the Internet as a springboard to text creation. The UI is stunning, and functional. Daedalus Touch can export files as .txt, PDF, or ePub, and works with the iPad’s “open in” function, and supports Markdown extensions, plus it offers both Dropbox and iCloud integration.


4. Nihilo ($4.99) — Nihilo extends the oft-used selling point of “distraction-free” writing to its fullest. With a name derived from the Latin ex nihilo (“out of nothing”), Nihilo’s UI is clean. There are few buttons, since most functions can be accomplished through gesture controls, yet the app’s touch keyboard can be customized in a number of ways via the Settings app. With nihilo the writers ideas flow from brain to screen with little to impede their progress.


5. WordBook XL ($2.99) — Every writer needs a reliable dictionary and thesaurus to find just the write word to perfect her prose, and WordBook XL offers everything most English language writers will need in one tidy, well-priced iPad app. WordBook XL doesn’t just define, it offers etymologies, spoken pronunciation for every entry, and nifty additions such as bookmarks, wild card searches, and even a word of the day. WordBook XL is optimized for the new iPad, and at a tidy 20 MB, it’s sized to fit on even the most crowded iPad.


Note: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite