Best text editing apps for iPad: Editorial, Byword, Writer Pro, and more!
The best plaintext, Markdown powered writing apps for getting reports, essays, and articles done!
Looking for the best iPad apps for text editing? iPads are quickly replacing laptops as the tool of choice for highly mobile businesspeople, reporters, students, and casual users alike. Not only is an iPad much easier to carry around than a laptop, there are lots of apps specifically tailored for writers of all kinds. If you're interested in the best text editing apps for turning those thoughts into letters, essays, reports, articles, novels, and more, these are the App Store apps you want!
Editorial for iPad has a customized keyboard which makes it easy to pick out the characters you most frequently use. It supports Markdown and comes with a great resource center in case you're just learning. There's a built-in browser so you can preview your progress as you work. On top of these features, you also get snippet support, configurable actions, and so much more. We're talking full Python interpreted scripting. Yeah. Editorial also supports Dropbox sync to save and backup all your files.
If you write a ton of content in Markdown, love to script workflows in Python, and otherwise crave advanced features, get Editorial.
- $4.99 - Download Now
Byword supports not only iPad but iPhone and Mac as well. Complete with Markdown previews, publishing options to several different blogging platforms including Wordpress, Tumblr, Blogger, Evernote, and more, Byword also supports both Dropbox and iCloud syncing so you can use whichever you prefer. It's simple, to the point, and keeps your writing as its main focus.
If you're looking for a complete text editing suite that's simple to use and has lots of publishing options, you want Byword.
- $4.99 - Download Now
- Mac, $9.99 - Download Now
Writer Pro breaks writing into three different stages; note, write, and read. Easily swap between different modes to toggle views that are made specifically for that phase of writing. Aside from full Markdown support, Writer Pro boasts an extremely unique feature called Syntax Control that lets you highlight a specific type of word, like adjectives, so you catch frequent uses and repeats while editing. Just like its predecessor, iA Writer, Writer Pro also offers Focus Mode which dims all content but the current sentence you're working on.
If you want a text editor that can guide you through the entire writing process from start to finish, check out Writer Pro.
- $19.99 - Download Now
- Mac, $19.99 - Download Now
Daedalus Touch also supports Markdown and has support for iCloud sync, WebDav, and Dropbox. The file system itself is what makes Daedalus Touch unique. Instead of having folders and hierarchies, Daedalus Touch functions as a series of stacks. Start a new stack, name it, and start adding pages inside of it. It has always reminded me of a virtual desk and for many folks it'll be a file structure they enjoy. Daedalus Touch also ties in nicely with Ulysses III for Mac, an extremely powerful text editing and Markdown suite.
For a unique writing experience that takes file organization to the next level, Daedalus Touch is a must have.
- $0.99 - Download Now
- Ulysses III for Mac, $44.99 - Download Now
Write supports Markdown, with specialized keyboards on both iPhone and iPad versions, iCloud sync, and more. One of the best features of Write is its support for third party apps and social sharing. Clear, Evernote, Tweetbot, Google Drive, and Reminders are just some of the apps that integrate directly into Write. For those that use TextExpander, you can also import your snippets easily. Write's Remote Keyboard feature lets you pair your devices and use one as a keyboard for the other.
If you frequently share your writing on social networks, get Write. The Remote Keyboard feature is just an awesome added bonus.
- $1.99 - iPad - Download Now
1Writer is a complete text editing and Markdown suite that offers an extended keyboard layout and a great interface. For anyone who fancies using the Fleksy keyboard, you'll definitely want to check out 1Writer as it fully supports it. You've also got lots of social sharing options, a few themes to choose from, and sync support with Dropbox.
1Writer is a beautiful app and anyone who loves Fleksy will find writing in 1Writer to be an amazing experience.
- $2.99 - Download Now
Your vote for best iPad text editing and Markdown apps?
A lot of the text editing and Markdown apps listed above are the ones that us here at iMore and across Mobile Nations use on our iPad regularly. Now we want to know what you guys are using and why. Be sure to let me know in the comments!
Note: Originally posted August 2013. Last updated May 2014.