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Any good Ipad writing/story plotting/character building apps?
Hi all! I've read though the discussion on software everyone uses for writing and was wondering if anyone uses ipad/ipod/iphone apps to help with writing?
I got an ipad for Christmas and am looking into apps to use so that I can keep my story in one place (right now I work on my computer here and at work, so I'm constantly working on the story, saving it, uploading to google docs, downloading to my computer, repeating...)
Also, I'm looking for something that will allow me to keep detailed character, setting & plot notes... I found an app called Storyist, though it doesn't appear to be compatible with PC, which is unfortunate... and just downloaded a free app called A Novel Idea (hey, if it's free, might as well try it!) I was wondering which, if any, apps BC people use? Any suggestions?
Writing in Microsoft Word on an iPadThe Pages app from Apple's app store allows you to convert a Microsoft Word file into Pages, write on your iPad, then convert the Pages file back into Microsoft Word. Just get it for $10 & install it on your PC & on your iPad. It is as easy to use as 1-2-3:1. Start by using your PC to upload your story as a Microsoft Word file onto iCloud (free & includes 5 gig of file space. But, your iPad must be running the new iOS5 operating system.)2. Log onto iCloud with your iPad & open the file -it opens in Pages- and write your story from anywhere that has an Internet connection.3. Download the file to your PC anytime & open it in Microsoft Word. You can save it in Microsoft Word format.I've been using Pages this way and the only tricky part is when I save a Pages file in my old Microsoft Word 2007, the space between lines can be erratic. But minor formatting issues can be resolved simply by reformatting: 1, Select All & 2, select the Font Type and Size you want. If Word asks you if you want to "convert" the file when you save, answer yes.Any questions?
I used an android app. Not sure what it is called. But it generates first and last names. Kind of in a list. There are others, that generate random likes and dislikes for charactures.
You could always build an app. But you would have to use code academy, which first teaches you. Then appsgyser wich allows you to build the app for free.
Other than that just, search writers tools for ipad. On google. See what comes up.
My favorite App is Name Dice. It is free. Available on all platforms; Android, iOS, Windows, and Kindle. It is 99 cents on the NOOK. It is made by Thinkamingo. You can visit their site here: http://thinkamingo.com/name-dice/
The reason I love this app is because sometimes I just need a name really fast. A waitress, a police officer, the Mayor... all you do is "roll" the dice and it gives you a random name. Don't like the name? Roll again and again until you do. If you liked the first one best, just go back.
Another cool thing you can do with the app is use it to make up writing exercises. Roll twice and than based on the names write a short story. It's pretty fun.
Another app I use all the time is Pages, it is like Microsoft Word but it is made by Apple.