Those of us who enjoy using a smart phone or device will enjoy this list. I know I find these applications helpful when I am using my phone or iPad while writing or on the go. Please be sure to comment if you have used these or have a application that was not mentioned.
After downloading this to my iPhone, I discovered how cool it was to blog on the run. If I wanted to add something of my day and share it with our readers than I could do that without logging into a computer. You add posts, edit, approve messages and content, and then publish. Sure it’s not an easy task to type, but once you get used to it, then your doing great! Although you might want to save this for smaller posts as to not cramp your fingers.
WordDigest by Global Delight
Price: 1.99 from the iTunes App store
This tool is great to search for words and look up spellings. This is definitely a tool to have on the go and around the home. WordDigest is an intelligent and fast English dictionary, thesaurus and spell checker tool, all integrated into one complete package. Its intuitive word-search and spelling suggestions are quick, giving you in-depth information of words without an Internet connection. WordDigest also has a provision to search for words on the Internet. The search results have been optimized to suit the display on your iPhone™ or iPod® touch.
Dictionary containing more than 147,000 words IPA pronunciations for 87,000 words Built-in hyperlinked thesaurus for more than 28,000 words Built-in hyperlinked intelligent spell checker Set bookmarks to favorite words History of previously searched words Built-in Web search for Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Answers.com Option to show the etymology (word origin) for a word. This feature requires active Internet connection. Option to alter the text size
Website: iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=317799861&mt=8
Want to blog on the go and don’t know how to do it? Well Blogpress is the application on your iPhone for you! BlogPress has support for: Blogger, BlogSpot, MSN Live Spaces, WordPress, Movable Type, TypePad, LiveJournal, and Drupal. So no matter what you are using, its an application that you can blog on the go with and do what you do best, Write!
Social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface. Twitter is a great free service that anyone can use. It’s become so popular that many businesses, celebrities, and popular tv shows are now using it . What a great way to promote yourself and your work.
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. Facebook is a free service like Twitter. Facebook has updated their app with It’s also becomes so popular that artisits, celebs, shows, etc are now using it as a medium.
Price: Free (See Site for other)
Skype is software that enables you to make free calls anywhere in the world. Skype uses innovative P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you with other users. It offers several features, including SkypeOut calling from Skype to regular and mobile phones worldwide, conference calling, and secure file transferring. Skype calls have better sound quality than your regular phone and are highly secure, with end-to-end encryption.
Price: Free (See site for further details)
Jott for iPhone puts the power of Jott voice-to-text conversion just a couple of taps away. It’s free for Jott subscribers and replicates most of the functionality in Jott’s call-in service. With Jott for iPhone, you can use your voice to: Send emails and texts to your iPhone contacts and Jott groups Take notes, set reminders, and manage your lists Post to Google Calendar, Twitter, Facebook, and more web services Jott for iPhone requires a Jott Assistant plan (See site for further details)
Website: http://www.magnetismstudios.com/FileMagnet/ FileMagnet makes it easy to copy files from your computer to your iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s compatible with all the popular file formats so you can read all your favorite documents on the go.
super-robust PDF reader with advanced reading, annotating, markup and highlighting capabilities, excellent file manager, TXT file reader and editor, audio/video player, Safari-like viewer for MS Office and iWorks files.
My Writing Nook
For the price of a cup of coffee, you can have the ability to work on your novel from anywhere. Write whenever you have a spare minute. Your manuscript is only a tap away!
Take your notes in a stylish and useful format.
Print n Share
Print to ALL printers. Print direct to most WiFi/Wireless printers without extra software. Print to ALL printers and any document type via your Mac/PC. Print remotely over 3G and in corporate/other networks where WiFi is not available. View, store & print email, documents, files, attachments, photos, contacts and web pages on your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch – As featured in the Apple “Office” TV commercial.
– Simple, efficient and beautiful writing app for iPad.
– Loved by famous writers (A. Burroughs, Stephen Fry)
– Glowing reviews by iPad app blogs
1. Innovative text focus mode
2. Dropbox synchronization (.txt, UTF-16)
3. Arrow keys
4. Direct punctuation
5. Tap on the name in toolbar to rename
6. Reading time indicator
7. iPad optimized writing typography.
Story Tracker makes keeping track of your submitted stories, novels, poems, scripts, and articles easy. Never wonder again where or when you submitted your work. The information is all right there on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch!
Apple’s version of word processing, great on the go, will email as a doc, pdf, or pages iwork document.
Use the iPhone’s built-in camera to take a picture of any book, DVD or video game package; SnapTell will identify it. The best thing is that you don’t need a barcode, and the picture can be a skewed and fuzzy—SnapTell will still return a positive ID.
Barnes & Noble
The iphone application allows you to search, discover, and even put a book on reserve at your local store. Talk about cool!
This iphone application is the same as the Barnes and Noble, but provides you with a way to purchase right from your phone! Also snap to remember and find items on Amazon that you find at other stores to compare prices! No more needing to sit at a computer to purchase that book you needed for research!
This app lets you read and buy books without having a kindle.
This apps lets you buy books from Barnes & Noble like a nook.
A great app that lets you scan barcodes to find the cheapest price (Using iphone camera) ! This takes snap tell to the highest level. Absolutely love this application.
Hear a song? Want to know what it is? This is the perfect app for you! You also help the (Red) foundation with your purchase.
The app records conversations for pennies a minute! Great to have for those who do blog interviews.
This app lets you do all the talking while it does the writing!
Screenplay app made for iPhoen & iPad.
Denise Alicea is the owner of The Pen & Muse. A blog dedicated to promoting authors of all different genres and place to talk all things writing. She is also a writer, trainer, and volunteer who loves Apple products.