Among my favorite word-crunching tools for the iPad are a suite of word processing and text editing apps from German developer Infovole. While Textkraft, Schreibkraft, and Easy Writer applications share many similarities and feature/interface commonalities, each has a particular task emphasis focus.
Flagship $4.99 Textkraft has the most comprehensive feature set, including an offline dictionary with synonyms and potential follow-ups, WYSIWYG print dialogs, PDF export, full-text search with SASR technology, an array of import and export options, a font menu with 10 different fonts supported (American Typewriter, Arial, Baskerville, Bradley Hand, Cochin, Courier, Helvetica, Palatino, Times New Roman, and Verdana), a point size slider and three line-spacing buttons. There are also six color theme choices: Normal (black on white), Sepia (my personal fave), “Night” (white on black), “Retro” (green DOS style text on black), “Mynt” (green on green), and “Glamour” (two shades of magenta/pink). The new search dialog supports search, find and replace, and you can specify case sensitive and entire word only search parameters.
Schreibkraft is a $1.99 multilingual text processor supporting much of TextKraft’s functionality, plus 10 languages in 14 country-specific flavors. Ninety-nine cent Easy Writer is a simple but very capable text editor for purists and users looking for economy. Infovole also makes a conversion utility called Word-2-Text with which Word documents can be converted into plain text to be opened with Textkraft or any other text-based app for editing.
All three of Infovole’s iPad text editor apps have recently been upgraded to Version 2.0 status, a substantial update with enhanced functionality and a redesigned user interface adapted to support the iPad 3’s Retina display. All offer a variety of editing features that enhance the writing experience on the iPad. These include:
- A button for toggling capitalization of words, making the annoyance of navigating back to the beginning of the word a thing of the the past. Just tap the button to switch between upper and lower case and capital letters.
- The bracket button places brackets and quotation marks around the text selection or the current sentence (when there is no text selection) and places the cursor automatically between brackets to fill them with text.
- A “éüç” button that sets diacritical marks automatically. With the éüç button, voila becomes voilá, manana becomes mañana and Tur becomes Tür. By pressing the button multiple times, various spellings and possible diacritical marks are displayed.
- A tool for quick text selection: Word, sentence and paragraph at just a tap. The text selection can be easily expanded to the right or left.
- An additional button for all special characters and symbols that are missing or inconveniently difficult to access on the iPad’s keyboard.
- Ten cursor keys—like on a “real” keyboard—letting users place the cursor exactly where they want instead of waiting for the magnifying glass when navigating with fingers.
- The spell-aid button jumps to the next unknown or wrong word, easily detecting typos even in long documents.
- With the undo/redo feature, one can experiment with various phrasings and undo or redo multiple steps without difficulty.
- For PC users who don’t want to completely adjust themselves, a forward-delete button discards the character ahead of the cursor’s position.
- Want to quickly look up something at the top or end of the text? With a tap, the jump-back button immediately jumps back to the last cursor position.
It takes a bit of muscle-memory and learning curve climbing for all this to become intuitive, but when it does it can really speed things up.
For more information visit the Infovole website.