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Write for Dropbox lets you create notes on your iPhone quickly and beautifully

Write for Dropbox lets you create notes on your iPhone not only quickly, but beautifully

Write for Dropbox is a brand new text editor for iPhone that lets you create notes on the fly quicker than ever. With extensive gestures, markdown support, lots of sharing options, and a beautiful interface, Write for Dropbox may just be the best text editor for iPhone we've ever seen.

When first launching Write for Dropbox, you'll be taken through a short tutorial of how to use gestures and the editor bar. All of which are straight forward and easy to remember. Now you're ready to start writing.

The first thing you'll notice is the editor bar that appears above the keyboard. You'll find commonly used symbols as well as a handy cursor tool that allows you to move the cursor around the screen without having to actually move your entire hand off the actual keyboard. Sliding the editor bar to the left reveals markdown options such as bold, italics, headers, links, and more. You can also insert images and preview markdown with the two icons to the far right in the markdown editor bar.

Write for Dropbox makes simple tasks just as they should be, simple. Expanding to full screen can be done by simply pulling the screen outwards with two fingers. You can access the top menu again by pushing inwards with two fingers. Deleting notes and saving them are also extremely quick and use pull to refresh actions. Naming a note is as easy as tapping in the title bar. It's little things like these that you really learn to appreciate as they can be huge time savers.

As far as sharing goes, Write for Dropbox supports tons of options including Evernote, Google Drive, CloudApp, and more. You can copy links to your clipboard as well for easy sharing on social networks such as Twitter.

Write for Dropbox creates a default folder called Write in your Dropbox account. You can add folders inside this one natively inside the app as well as create notes inside of it. They'll then sync and organize as you left them in your Dropbox account. You can also favorite notes for quick access later.

One of the biggest things when it comes to saving notes and using them across platforms is the ability to pick up where you left off on another device. For this, Write for Dropbox offers a free Mac plugin that allows you to quickly take notes on your Mac and they'll sync down to your iPhone. It isn't a great solution and not as powerful as a fully functionally Mac editor but it gets the job done for short notes and lists.

The good

  • Best interface of any iPhone text editor we have ever seen
  • Gesture controls make simple tasks even simpler
  • Sharing options aplenty, you'll be able to get your content to any platform or app you need to
  • Fast syncing, like super fast
  • Markdown support and the text editor bar are well laid out and make more sense than most

The bad

  • No iPad support, I really like to write on my iPad and this app would be amazing on the iPad
  • No full Mac support and quick notes are about the limit right now
  • You can't move documents to a new folder after they're already created, unless I'm missing something

The bottom line

Write for Dropbox is not only the most beautiful text editor I've ever seen for iPhone, it's the best. Everything from the menus to the gestures to the text editor bar are easy to use and the care and thought that went into creating them is obvious. The only down side is that there is no iPad or Mac version at this time which will keep me with Byword on those platforms for the time being.

If Write for Dropbox can deliver the same on iPad and Mac, there's no doubt that it'd be the best editing suite available.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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There are 26 comments. Add yours.

asuperstarr says:

Sounds like a cool app. I wish it was for the iPad, that's were I take most of all my notes.

emjayess says:

Any problem if you dont use Dropbox? I mean, can you set it to just go to Evernote, for example?

pictor says:

So...basically a competitor to Drafts?

vianar says: has a better technique, they allow you to use whichever editor you have on your computer, iPhone or iPad.

BrianTufo says:

Seems like a great idea just need it on iPad as well. Great write up though as usual.

AdrianGabeChen says:

looks like a good app but I like the native note app on my ipad

metllicamilitia says:

Sounds like a decent text editor, and probably more able to share than Evernote, but Evernote is free and I have around 70-80? notes in Evernote and that's a lot of stuff to sync over to Write and then create proper folders for said notes. I'll have to keep an eye on it though, it may end up being better than Evernote.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Yeah that's the big downer. I really wish they would have started with an iPad version. especially with keyboard covers, they're epic and make for great travel companions and work machines. Just makes more sense to have an iPad version from the start and add the iPhone later.

tqmcguire says:

I know it's not an elegant solution, but if you go to your Write folder in Dropbox you can create folders and move your notes around in there. I just tested it out on my Mac. The folders showed up almost instantly in the Write app on my iPhone. I love the app and the fact that it's lightweight. If I need more powerful notes I use Evernote but Write has pushed it off my Home screen for daily use. Thanks for the review!

Ninotschka says:

I agree, it looks like a Drafts ripoff, only without iPad version and with an uglier UI. I can't wait for those cheap looking "flat" Google style UIs to disappear.

wscotchmer says:

As far as sharing notes across devices, I still prefer Evernote. It works with everything it seems.

thatguykc says:

This is a great supplement to the Drafts app if a user is likely to store a lot of docs in Dropbox. I'm dependent on Evernote for creating most of my writing ideas.

JAL Payen says:

Uhmmm.... am I still the only one using FioWriter?

shinuyuki says:

I prefer Evernote for moving files across devices and while this uses Dropbox it isn't Dropbox. I prefer uniformity above all else.

Steve Doherty says:

I use IA Writer. Native Mac app and an iPhone app, and they both sync via iCloud. It's great.

CORYK333 says:

Springpad > Evernote
(for ME, just never could get ENote to work with MY habits/needs)
-definitaly gonna give this app a whirl tho

jjolley says:

Still use my original Note app. I guess i dont take enough notes to need to do anything fancy

south50 says:

Sounds pretty convenient. I use Dropbox every so often but I'm still fond of the native notes app.

5hea says:

It might sound a little ridiculous, but the ability to quickly jot down random notes is a regular need for me. This looks fantastic!

Ryan Ruben says:

Looks like an app I would dl if it was free but not sure if I would pay the 1.99.

eriej814 says:

I like the look of this app... Offers a lot better than your basic notes app which I use now... But would switch if it where free!! Or I will buy it for my birthday... Which ever comes first

irepairhrvatska says:

Ok will try it now! Thanks! Semms it has great future. TO bad there is no support for the iPad tho :/

haidary11 says:

Sound like too good from this app
Dropbox is the great cloud service .. Like it

mdub311 says:

cool! I'll have to check this one out!

Joebin says:

Looks like a great app, and I have never used a text editor app before. I'd appreciate all the sharing options. I have to store lots of notes in a creative file, which is what I use Evernote for. Now that I'm blogging for work, looks like I found my first text editor.

rtmartinez24 says:

Can't wait to win an iPhone from iMore so I can buy and use this app!