Ease on Down the Aisle—The App Store Aisle!
If you have an Android phone, iPhone, iPad, or iPod take the time to peruse the Android or iTunes app store for the latest and greatest writing-related apps. I’ll assume you have the basic must-have apps: Google, iBooks, Nook, Kindle, and Wikipedia. Here are more of our favorites to jumpstart your app shopping; most are free, and none are more than $2.00.
WordPress has quickly become the most preferred platform for bloggers. The WordPress phone app is complete with the ability to upload your blog post, highlight the location from where you’ve uploaded it, and insert high resolution photos. If you think blogging is not for you, the ability to do everything from your mobile phone might change your mind.
The classic resource every writer needs at his fingertips is even more accessible—and free. The Merriam-Webster app provides all the value of a dictionary plus voice search if you don’t know the spelling of a word. It also has an integrated thesaurus, audio pronunciation, word of the day tool, and tracks your recent history. If there was ever an app with the works, this is it.
A neat app for poets, children’s books authors, and wordsmiths, this rhyming dictionary app generates a comprehensive list of rhyming words and also “words that sound good together even though they don’t technically rhyme.” It boasts a catalog of more than 40,000 words and allows you save your favorites.
Like a personal stash of sticky notes on your phone or tablet, this app allows you to store and organize your writing ideas. What makes this app neat is not only the ability to type your thought in text form, but voice record your idea or use your phone’s camera to take visual notes. With Idea Organizer you can email notes to your computer and also share notes with friends.
If you like to record your thoughts before putting them on paper, this app is for you. iTalk is one of the leading full-featured recording apps which allow you to append, organize, and share recordings. It also provides multiple levels of recording quality and easy transfer to email. An app like this would be handy for interviews, book meetings, and recording presentations.
Did we miss any? What apps make your writing world go round?