Tuesday, March 1, 2011

For Every Step of the Writing Process, There's an App for That

We’ve been tracking writing-oriented smartphone apps since before the iPhone joined Verizon, from EasyWriter to Instapaper. The folks at Ragan have done us one better: from the sea of tech tools, they’ve culled the best apps to take you through every step of the writing process.

To get you inspiration, there’s 23,000 Great Quotes, which has quotes from over 7,000 authors organized into 20 categories and can be used even when you’re not online. For style guides and dictionaries, Ragan liked the AP Stylebook and the American Heritage dictionary app.
Once you’ve collected your thoughts, Ragan recommends organizing them with the popular Evernote, which can be used to create and reshuffle text notes, Web pages, photos, audio and screen shots.
To access your documents directly from your mobile device, try Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, which allows you to create, view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. And when you don’t have time to type, you can opine aloud to Dragon Dictation, a dictating app that gets better at recognizing your voice over time.
And when you get stuck? There’s an app for that, too. Streaks is a motivational goal-tracker that can help you achieve word or page count ambitions. And once your Smartphone-assisted project is complete, Cinch can share audio, text and photo updates across all your social networks.
What tops the list of your favorite writing apps? 

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