With smarter utilities like ultra high-resolution displays, LTE connectivity, and faster processing powers, tablets have made their way into millions of homes worldwide, replacing stationary desktops and bulky laptops like never before. Not only are they modernizing our work environments, they have also revolutionized our age old education system by becoming a friendlier alternative to our textbooks. But despite its enormous popularity that edges on its ubiquity and specs, tablets are still struggling and are still a step behind when it comes to replacing a full-fledged desktop or a laptop.
The reason â€“ tablets are still not equipped enough to take a leap over their bigger cousins. Though their low cost and extreme convenience is the biggest advantage that tempts its target audience to ditch their old-fashioned, bulky computers for this sleeker device, people still complaint about tabletâ€™s lack of efficiency when they want their device to work as a Word processor.
But tablets have long passed the Dark Age when they lacked the note-taking efficiency and were looked upon as a bad writing tool. Today, a number of apps are constantly being developed that ensure that your note-taking experience is easy and more accurate.Â These writing apps aid you with the capability of producing professional documents without much of hassle. So here are the top five writing apps that are good enough to make Shakespeare wish he was a 21st century writer.
My writing spot
If you have the writer in you, this app lets you show it to the whole world. My writing spot is an easy-to-use writing app, with which creating a record-breaking novel is just a tap away. It gives you the ability to work on your manuscript from virtually anywhere. Shipped in with a feature of syncing with your desktop writing app, it eases down your work load as you do not have to worry about document management, work on multiple files, or go through annoying file transfer.
Experience a distraction-free writing with this simple writing app that promotes jotting down your ideas quickly and efficiently in a single journal thatâ€™s easy to carry around. The Dropbox feature in Chronicle allows you to store your backup directly on the cloud. You can pick up your favorite font and font size and easily create documents in portrait and landscape mode. Not just this, it also lets you
- Add photos from your library and slide them where you want.
- Pinch and resize photos.
- Customize your journal by setting a background color.
- Set date to your entries for easier access.
- Use â€˜Fast searchâ€™ option to search content around keywords.
- View and zoom photos by simply tapping on them.
- Password-protect your entries to keep them secure.
- Export the content of your journal via e-mail.
- Export and save content of your journal on your computer.
Documents To Go
Looking for a more formal approach to writing? Documents To Go allows you to create, read, and edit Microsoft Office documents directly on your tablet, even if you are not using a Windows OS. It offers the ability to
- View and create Word files
- Use various bullet formatting and styles.
- Embed graphics, comments, tables, boxes, footnotes as well as hyperlinks to your documents.
- Use auto bullets/numbers, ability to find and replace, and perform multiple undo and redo.
One of the most robust Word processing app, Pages allows you to create, view and edit documents on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. It is the mobile version of Appleâ€™s page word processor that offers various editing and managing features that helps you to easily create documents, letters, flyers, reports, and posters directly on your tablet and its iCloud support allows you to stay up-to-date on all other devices that you use. It allows you to;
- Easily draft articles using the onscreen keyboard or a wireless keyboard.
- Add images to your document and use text wrapping to insert text around images.
- Create footnotes and view word count, character count, paragraphs, as well as do pagination.
- Create 3D bars, area, lines, as well as pie charts.
- Share your work by exporting it as a Word or a PDF file.
- Print wirelessly using AirPrint technology.
Â Windows Journal
This writing app allows you to use your tablet pen to scribble hand-written notes on your tablet PC. It lets you do much more than just simply take and organize long-hand notes; you can easily hand-annotate anything from a web page to a PDF file. With this writing app, you can also work as a team by sharing your notes with anyone through Windows Journal Viewer.
Â So, with all these writing apps in place, creating long Word documents on your tablet is no more a hassle. However, to ease down the task, you must remember some key rules.
Remember the basics
Most of the time, the best basic rules are the simplest ones. However, most people tend to overlook these basic steps and make work difficult for themselves. If you want to simplify your typing job on a tablet, then you must follow these simple rules of the game.
Always do the typing job by turning your tablet sideways. This will give you a bigger touchpad keyboard and a bigger screen to accommodate your typing chores. If you’re struggling with a smaller tablet, make an upgrade and move to bigger-screen tablets that are easier to work on.
Look for accents
Donâ€™t waste time searching for special characters; instead, simply hold your finger on a key and you will get all the variations such as accents and other options. This will make your job easier than your traditional keyboard.
Invest in accessories
If you are still anti-touchpad and find typing on a keyboard easier than touchpad, then buy a compatible Bluetooth keyboard that keeps things tidy and clutter-free. You can also purchase a docking station to rest your tablet on the keypad and your tablet will become your mini laptop thatâ€™s easier to carry around.