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Today’s Best iPad App: Editorial

Editorial iPad Text Editor App

Editorial is a plain text editor for the iPad with powerful automation tools and a beautiful inline preview for writing Markdown.

That’s the accurate but quite low-key opening line for Editorial in the iPad App Store. It’s a nice quick sum-up – but it could just as easily add that it comes straight in as a best of breed text editor app, even though there are a number of stellar apps in this category. It’s that great an app, and then some.

It offers unparalleled Markdown support, a wealth of powerful features, and unique automation features – all  within a clean and elegant UI.

Here are some of its most notable features:

* Inline Markdown Preview – You can always swipe left to switch to a full HTML preview.
* Extensible with Workflows – Almost 50 configurable actions can be combined into powerful workflows for extending Editorial’s feature set.
* Scriptable with Python – You can also integrate scripts into your workflows for even more advanced automation.
* Full Documentation – Editorial comes with a complete set of documentation for all the different workflow actions and Python modules. Help is directly accessible from the workflow and Python editors.
* Sync with Dropbox – You can store your documents in a configurable Dropbox folder, and even view comparisons with older versions to see the progress you’ve made.
* Smart Keyboard – The extended keyboard was specifically designed for writing Markdown and includes all the special characters you need.
* In-App Browser – If you need to do some quick research while writing, you don’t have to leave the app for that.

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Elements Text Editor App Updated – Adds Ability to Change Linked Dropbox Folder & More


Elements – one of the nicer text editor apps available for iPad and iOS – has had another update this week, to Version 2.0.1.

My favorite new feature, and the one that has been most requested by users, is the ability change the linked Dropbox folder. So you no longer have to live with the default of /Elements.

You can also now adjust margin settings and make use of a new dark theme if that suits your taste.

Here’s the full change list for this new version:

* [NEW] Added support for changing the linked Dropbox folder.
* [NEW] Added setting for iPad users to adjust the margins of the editor. iPhone users have default margins because of the smaller phone size.
* [NEW] Added bottom toolbar to the iPad editor.
* [NEW] Added in-app documentation.
* [NEW] Added a dark theme.
* [CHANGE] Removed the text color setting.
* [FIX] HTML Exporter now sets UTF-8 as its character set.
* [FIX] Fixed Tumblr crash when users with private blogs tried to authenticate.
* [FIX] Fixed another obscure crasher with Tumblr publishing.
* [FIX] Fixed logging out to properly clear out cached versions of files.
* [FIX] Fixed some button pressed states to not highlight in the file editor view.
* [FIX] Fixed a variety of rotation issues with exporting and publishing.
* [FIX] Fixed the background color of the appearance view controller.
* [FIX] Fixed a rendering issue with the corners of grouped table views with custom background colors.
* [FIX] Miscellaneous user interface improvements for certain users.
* [FIX] Cleaned up the memory footprint of the app in various spots.

Here’s an App Store link for Elements (full name: Elements – Dropbox and Markdown Powered Text Editor); it’s priced at $4.99.

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Elements Text Editor App Updated – Adds Send to Evernote, New UI and Lots More


Elements – Dropbox and Markdown Powered Text Editor for iPad (and iOS) has had a huge update today, to Version 2.0. I’m just going to call it Elements from here on, as the full app name is a real mouthful, or keyboard-full in this case.

Elements has been one of the many very capable text editor apps for iPad / iOS ever since it hit the App Store around a year ago. It offers seamless sync to Dropbox and support for Markdown – features that the app’s developer, Justin Williams, says should be basics by now for any good text editor app. I agree, but also have to say that the implementation of Dropbox sync in Elements is among the best I’ve seen, right there with Plain Text. It’s automatic with zero effort on my part and very near instant.

The 2.0 update for Elements adds some strong new features. My instant favorite among them is ‘Send to Evernote’. This is a feature I’ve wanted to see from notes / text editor apps for some time – as I love Evernote as my sort of master storage for notes of all sorts but I pretty much hate its UI for actually writing and editing notes. Being able to use a text editor app with a clean, attractive UI to write and edit and then dump notes into Evernote is a great combination for me.



Speaking of a nice, clean UI to work with, the 2.0 update to Elements also brings a redesigned UI that looks great.  It feels cleaner than ever.

It’s also got quite a handsome new icon, as seen at the top of this post.

Here’s the full change list for Version 2.0:

Thank you for supporting Elements! We’ve been hard at work in the Second Gear garage making a new version that adds many features of the features you’ve requested.
* [NEW] Added support for publishing to Tumblr.
* [NEW] Added support for publishing to Facebook.
* [NEW] Added support for exporting your files as HTML.
* [NEW] Added support for exporting your files as PDF.
* [NEW] Added support for exporting to Dropbox.
* [NEW] Added support for exporting to Evernote.
* [NEW] Added support for exporting to iTunes.
* [NEW] Added support for exporting to Email.
* [NEW] Added support for emailing a file’s contents as HTML.
* [NEW] New app icon.
* [NEW] Redesigned iPhone and iPad UIs.
* [CHANGE] Changed the default editor font to Museo Sans.
* [CHANGE] Moved appearance settings into the editor.
* [CHANGE] Redesigned the Markdown preview view.
* [CHANGE] Removed background color setting for text editor .
* [CHANGE] Elements 2 now requires iOS 4.
* [FIX] A variety of small fixes and tweaks to improve the overall Elements experience.

Oh, one quick tip for when exporting to Evernote:

There are two options for file type when using the export – HTML and PDF. For me, HTML works very well and the note shows up looking good and editable in Evernote. When I choose PDF, Evernote sees the file like an attachment and hangs up when trying to look at it. I imagine this is an Evernote issue, rather than an Elements problem – as PDF docs exported to Dropbox work just fine.

I’m happy to say we’re a bit spoiled for choice when it comes to text editor apps for iPad and iOS right now; and Elements is certainly among the handful of leaders in this category. It’s one of my three favorites by now, along with Plain Text and iA Writer.

Here’s an App Store link for Elements, it’s priced at $4.99 and is a universal app designed to run on iPad and iPhone.

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Sweating the Small Stuff: Keyboard Extensions in iA Writer for iPad


When app developers sweat the small stuff, users are the big winners. Often times a clever ‘little’ feature can greatly improve your experience, and productivity, when using an app.

Here’s a classic example of this – the Keyboard Extensions feature in the excellent iA Writer app for iPad. As shown in the photo above, these are offered as a further row of keys along the top of the on-screen keyboard. They allow you to do things like jump quickly to the beginning or end of the current word (via the word keys) and to type punctuation keys like dashes, colons and semi-colons, quote marks, and more without using shift to switch the keyboard mode.

These may seem a small thing at first, but they’re an enormous time saver when doing a lot of writing. Combined with the fact that this app has an uncannily accurate ability to place the cursor exactly where you want it when you tap within a block of text, this is one of the big reasons that iA Writer is such a pleasure to use.

Here’s an App Store link for iA Writer, in case you’re in need of a great text editor / writing app on your iPad. It has just had a price drop to a real steal of a price, at just $0.99.

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Price Drops: iA Writer for iPad Down to 99 Cents


iA Writer – a gorgeous writing / text editor app for the iPad – has had a price reduction, down to just $0.99. I did a quick review of iA Writer back in September – I was, and remain, very impressed with the app.

Here are just a couple excerpts from its App Store page that give you a feel for the app:

Every element of the user interface has been designed and polished to be easy and clear—no settings, no complicated interactions. Writer doesn’t need long explanations. You’ll be writing your articles, poems and novels in no time.

Your texts will look spectacular in our iPad-optimized writing typography. It has been developped in collaboration with leading typographers and screen designers with the greatest care for detail.

So needless to say that price drop to just $0.99 makes this app quite a steal. There’s no mention of it being a limited time offer, but at that price you may want to grab it sooner rather than later.

Here’s the iA Writer App Store link.

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Elements App Updated – Adds Search, New UI, Note Renaming & Deletion

Elements app

Elements – the text editor app for the iPad and iPhone – has been updated, to Version 1.1. The notable changes include a completely new user interface, full-text search, the ability to rename and delete files, and to sort your file list by modified date or title.

The iPad version also gets a file listing view in addition to the grid layout.

You can find this latest version of Elements in the App Store now, priced at $4.99.

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