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Werdsmith Is Your Portable Writing Studio

Werdsmith Is Your Portable Writing Studio

January 14, 2012
Werdsmith by Werdsmith icon

Werdsmith (Free) by Werdsmith will turn your iPhone or iPad into your own portable writing studio.

I have to admit, the main thing that got my attention with this app is the fact that the icon has a mustache on it. Who doesn’t love mustaches? But I was pleasantly surprised once I launched the app.

Werdsmith is a basic writing app. The interface is extremely clean and well done – in a way, it’s just beautiful. Everything is set against a wooden background, and on the main screens, you see a detailed ribbon at the top with a mustache (love this). The ribbon doesn’t really have a purpose besides looking awesome, though it does slide down when you are looking at an empty section of the app. It seems to have the same design on both the iPhone and iPad, so that’s a bonus – no new layout to get used to if you are using it on both devices.

Werdsmith by Werdsmith screenshot

In Werdsmith, there are three different tabs to view: Ideas, Projects, and Portfolio. Ideas are the raw notes, Projects will be Ideas that are complex enough and warrant a goal (a minimum word count), and Portfolios are completed projects. On Projects, you will see a percentage on the right hand column – this is your progress on meeting your minimum word count goal. On Portfolios, you can see how long ago it was that you “finished” an item.

With Werdsmith, there’s a bit of a different layout than other writing apps. Each new document that you create starts off as an idea, which is just a title and the body of the note. You will see two small ribbons with arrows: the one in the top left corner will go back to the list of notes, and the other one will hide the keyboard (automatically saving your work).

A gear icon is found in the top right corner of every document. This gear icon will present users with several different options, depending on which section of the app the note is in. If your current note was an idea, then you have the option to turn it into a project. This will open a prompt that allows you to set a minimum word count and track your progress. If it’s a project, the gear icon will give you the option to Finish or Edit Goal. If it was in the Portfolio section, you can Resume it as a project.

Regardless of whatever section it’s in though, the option to Delete or Share (by email) is found globally.

The last thing that can be found in Werdsmith is the Settings. Here, you can find the option to toggle a “Writing Ritual” reminder. Since the app is geared for writers, most writers set aside a certain time of day to just write. With this toggle on, you can pick a time of day for the app to remind you to write.

Werdsmith is a free app, but there is a $2.99 upgrade option as an in-app purchase. Technically, you can get by on the free version, but you are limited to having a total of only 14 projects or ideas at once. If you bought the upgrade previously, and end up deleting the app and reinstalling it later, you can simply restore your purchase as well.

Currently, Werdsmith utilizes iCloud syncing to make sure that your data is intact with all of your iOS devices. This setting isn’t visible, so you don’t have to turn it on – it’s on by default. There is no manual syncing or anything, since the app takes care of that itself.

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The developer already has a Mac app in the works, which will also use iCloud to have all of your data preserved. There was no approximate date to expect it though. Once it’s released though, the iOS app may become a lot more useful.

However, you will want to make sure that you are careful with the Delete option, because there is no confirmation dialogue – tap on “Delete” and your note is gone. I hope that the developer can at least add a confirmation dialogue to prevent any unfortunate accidents.

I found Werdsmith to be pleasant to use, but I’m unsure if it will replace Elements or iA Writer on my iPhone or iPad (respectively) for my heavy duty writing. I’m eager to see how the Mac client will be though, so I’ll keep trying out Werdsmith and attempt to make it fit with my normal writing routine. I certainly can’t pass up such a good looking app, that’s for sure.

Have you tried out Werdsmith? I mean, how can you resist such a simple, yet awesome, icon (it must be the stache)? Let us know what you think of it in the comments!

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