Apps for Moments When You Need to Continue Writing Away from the Desk

Apps for Moments When You Need to Continue Writing Away from the Desk

Jason Rodway
Mar 13, 2013

As much as I miss my chicken scratch handwritten notes, I now find it easier to use my computer and mobile devices to review my work anywhere via cloud services and apps. Where I work is now "anywhere" and "everywhere"! Here are a few I've used over the last several years that work quite well.


Left: iA Writer - Right: Write 2
iA Writer
This word processor may be bare bones, but that's why we love it, emphasizing focus and concentration by removing extra features like font size, type and style. This app is all about getting thoughts down, subtracting the distraction of formatting. iA Writer is cross-platform, syncs with Dropbox or iCloud across your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad for a dollar. I find the interface draws the user in with its recognizable blue cursor, beautiful default font, and a minimalism aesthetic to close the gap between you and your thoughts. $1

Write 2
My personal alternative to iA Writer is Write 2 which has the same spirit but adds back the option to mess around with formatting: additional backgrounds, fonts, and themes. Like iA Writer, the app has the same cross-platform and cloud backup features, but one-ups the competition by using the screen to the utmost. Text can be shrunk so you can see much more of the previous work while doing away with that pesky iOS toolbar. $3


Left: Google Docs - Right: My Writing Spot
Google Docs
Google has their fingers dipped into just about everything, including office productivity on the go. Using Google's own Google Drive app, writing projects are easily started, organized, edited, and saved to your hardware and uploaded where it'll be safe and available anywhere there's wireless or wi-fi. The modern interface has been streamlined, sleeker than ever with slender menus with an user interface pixel-thin font minimalists crave. Free
Also available for iOS / Windows Phone

My Writing Spot
One of my first writing apps was My Writing Spot. Even now the writing app has a special place in my heart because of sentimentality and the indie look. It was my one stop app for everything writing including blogs, notes, and personal projects. I liked using the app because my work was constantly saved directly to my phone, with the option to backup to my Google Drive account. My Writing Spot includes font customization as well as the numerous backgrounds and a nighttime mode which is easier on the eyes when writing in the dark. $3
Also available for iOS

Windows Phone

Left: Office Mobile - Right: Evernote

Office Mobile
When you adopt a Windows Phone into your life, you're automatically invited into the Microsoft Office mobile suite. Coupled with Microsoft's own SkyDrive cloud service, documents created in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are now at your fingertips wherever you go. If you've used the desktop version, you can expect the same experience (except a lot more portable!) Free

Frequent Apartment Therapy readers probably already know about Evernote, but for the unacquainted you'll want to give this very robust note app a try. This popular cloud based service allows for documents (or notes in this case) to be written by smartphone, tablet or desktop including options such as font size, style and paragraph layout. Evernote is reliable for everything from shopping lists and ideas to word processing and draft blog posts...just remember to really understand the power of this application, you'll need to go all in. Free
Also available for iOS / Android

(Images: Jason Rodway; as linked above)

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