Charlie Stross recently mentioned some of his thoughts on the new shiny… Something that he mentioned near the bottom of his post piqued my interest:
And there are some forthcoming apps that I’m rather eager to see: Scrivener for iOS, for example. (Scrivener is a really nice book-oriented authoring tool for OSX, and now Windows and Linux; having an iOS version with Dropbox support would make my day because at that point the iPad will turn into a full-fledged author’s tool, lighter and more portable and with better battery life than any laptop I’ve met.)
Which, of course, prompted me to follow the link, and read the announcement from December announcing that an iOS version is, in fact, in development. That snippet of news made me happy – for much the same reason that Charlie mentioned above. When I first got the iPad, that was part of what I was hoping to do, use it for writing or writing related sorts of things (when not using it for media consumption or gaming), but found that my initial forays into that realm proved awkward at best, and cumbersome due to navigational issues (some of us DO like using the cursor keys to get around). I have gone the Bluetooth keyboard route, but have not really taken them together anywhere that I haven’t also been taking a laptop (yet), so the laptop has still been winning out – especially since I’ve been migrating over to Scrivener.
Scrivener coming to iPad, combined with Quickoffice, should take care of my writing needs quite nicely. Definitely something I will be watching for in the app store.