As it stands, the systemwide implementation of text editing on iOS is something of a kludge. For one thing, the very text you’re working on can be obscured by your own finger when you’re moving the cursor or selecting a portion to copy. Luckily, there are developers who go out of their way to devise better solutions.
One such developer is Daniel Hooper, who conceived the cursor movement and text selection method that inspired the jailbreak tweak SwipeSelection. And then there’s Studio Tentpole, who has just released SlideWriter in the App Store.
SlideWriter provides an easier way to edit text on your iPad with its unique set of keyboard enhancements. Chief among these enhancements is the bar above the keyboard, on which the app’s supported gestures are performed.
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To move the cursor around a document, just slide your finger along that bar to the left or right. And to start selecting text, double-tap on the bar. The bar is then divided into two halves. Slide your finger on the left half to move the left end of your selection or on the right half to move the right end. Watch the launch trailer above for a demonstration of the app.
You can download SlideWriter in the App Store for only $0.99. If you fancy a more elegant way to edit text on your iPad, better get it now before its price slides up to $1.99 after its launch week.
SlideWriter’s technique effectively gives a full view of the text even when moving the cursor or making a selection. It would be nice if Apple adopted it or some other similar routine to do away with its currently obstructive method, no?