UX Write for sophisticated documents on iPad and iPhone
There’s a shiny new word processor in town, designed specifically for the iPad, iPhone and other iThingies. It’s called UX Write, designed and built by Peter Kelly at UX Productivity. Peter has built some super cool features into this app. It’s just been approved for the Apple app store. Congrats to Peter on the version 1.0 release!
A few months ago, I was an early beta tester for UX Write. I wrote up the results then. Now, just three months later, version 1.0 is out. That’s rapid development indeed.
This video shows the solid word processing capabilities of the app, as well as the smarts Peter has added to speed up the document development process.
A new way to position your cursor and select text
It’s a fiddly business, using the standard Apple user interface to put your cursor at a particular spot in a document, or to select a range of text. Peter has devised a new method for UX Write on the iPad. (It’s not available in the iPhone version.)
The UX Write keypad has two extra keys at the top left. When you press one of them, the rest of the keypad changes to a swipe pad. You can drag your fingers across the pad to put your cursor exactly where you want it, and then to select text fast and with precision. Very very nice.
This screenshot shows UX Write on the iPad. I’ve opend the “Insert” menu. On the keypad at the bottom, you can see the two keys for positioning your cursor and selecting text. Watch the video (above) to see them in action!
- Peter’s post about designing text selection on the iPad
- Peter’s post about designing the auto-correct feature
- iTunes preview of UX Write