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Think and write different with these unconventional word processor apps

Think all word processor apps look the same? Well, think again. While most word processor apps display text against a plain background with a standard keyboard, the apps highlighted here dare to be different. These writing apps let you write, of course, but they do so in unusual ways, shapes, and forms that offer stylized writing experiences — including typewriter simulations (clickety-clacks and all), index card-inspired interfaces, real-time real-world backgrounds, and more.

Flowstate
Zine - Enjoy Writing
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Flowstate

Flowstate

Overman

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HUFFINGTON POST: “An unparalleled writing experience”

GQ: “One of the most powerful mechanisms to spur the imagination”

THE VERGE: “Among the cleanest and best designed note-taking apps I've ever used on iOS”

DIGITAL TRENDS: “May force you into producing the best writing of your life”

MASHABLE: “Kept my nose to the grindstone better than any cup of coffee ever could”

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HanxWriter
Hanx Writer

Hanx Writer

Hitcents.com, Inc.

The star of Big and Cast Away wants to help you get your work done. No, really.

Hanx Writer expands recreating the permanence of a typewriter with the convenience of your iPad and iPhone.

As ever, the report of SHOOK SHOOK and KLOCK-KLOCK is mated with the luxuries of the DELETE key. Your typewriting will be true word-processing with the look, feel, and sound of a classic writing machine. Every Hanx Writer document can be emailed,...

Zine - Enjoy Writing
Zine - Enjoy Writing

Zine - Enjoy Writing

Aura Marker Studio Co., Ltd.

Zine is an unique and innovative app, it combines good design, advanced technology and the use of pleasure, so that everyone can easily and gracefully records and collect their life on mobile phone, writing online documentation, and easily share through network, and you can subscribe interesting column, read the quality content and meet like-minded people

Zine is an unique and innovative app, it combines good design, advanced technology and the use of pleasure, so that everyone can easily and gracefully records and collect their life on mobile phone, writing online documentation, and easily share through network, and you can subscribe interesting column, read the quality content and meet like-minded people. All in One.

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Slugline
Slugline

A minimal, distraction-free environment for screenwriting

Slugline

Slugline

Act Focused Media LLC

There are special formats and needs for screenwriting, and Slugline has long been a forerunner in meeting those requirements on the Mac. Now, you can harness that same power and simplicity in iOS.

Cardflow+ by Qrayon
Cardflow+ by Qrayon
Cardflow+ by Qrayon

Cardflow+ by Qrayon

Qrayon, LLC

We love index cards. We use them a lot.

They are a versatile and surprisingly powerful tool for all kinds of tasks. From brainstorming to storyboards, to planning entire projects, they have a place in your workflow.

Cardflow captures the ease and flexibility of paper index cards and brings that experience...

Index Card 4 - Corkboard Writing App
Index Card 4 - Corkboard Writing App
Index Card 4 - Corkboard Writing App

Index Card 4 - Corkboard Writing App

DenVog, LLC

Index Card is a corkboard writing app that helps you craft your story. Capture, organize, and compile your ideas. Whether you are an author, screenwriter, or academic researcher, Index Card can help you become a more efficient, organized writer. Download Index Card and discover why thousands of iPad owners are...

Typing Writer
Typing Writer
Typing Writer

Typing Writer

Sudden Oak

At The Rumpus we were missing the typewriter. We felt we were more productive on a typewriter because we had to keep moving forward. If we made a mistake, we kept typing. If we wanted to rearrange the information, we had to start over. With the word processor we’ve lost...

Typ-O - Writing for Everybody!
Typ-O - Writing for Everybody!
Typ-O - Writing for Everybody!

Typ-O - Writing for Everybody!

Therapy Box Limited

Typ-O is an easy to use dyslexia app that helps you write without spelling errors. Typ-O uses a powerful word prediction engine and a sophisticated spelling error model to help you write, even if your spelling isn't perfect. The integrated synthetic voice let you hear the word prediction suggestions before...

Ambient Writer
Ambient Writer
Ambient Writer

Ambient Writer

David Griffin

• Pleasurable writing experience using Ambient Writer

With a full typewriter virtual keyboard, typing a novel first draft or short stories in Ambient Writer is a real pleasure.

• No distractions of editing

Writing the first draft of a short story, novella or novel should be from start to finish, never looking back....

Street Writer Free
Street Writer Free
Street Writer Free

Street Writer Free

PALMCAST

Do you want to type a message on street, but you can't see what's ahead you?

Well, with this app your problem will be solved.
With Street Writer you can see ahead and type any message you want while walking or waiting on the street.

In the app you will...

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Write or Die

Write or Die

Dr Wicked

Write or Die Eliminates Writer's Block.

The problem with writing is that the feedback loop is just too long. Unless you've got a deadline looming it's difficult to find the impetus to keep writing. Write or Die aims to address this difficulty and help you hack your writing process and get your words out!

It's a new kind of writing application that provides consequences for distraction and procrastination. As long as you keep writing, everything is fine, but if you become distracted, there are customizable consequences.

Consequence Mode
The original Write or Die mode, keeps you focused by providing consequences for procrastination and distraction. If you keep writing you're fine, but if you get distracted and stop typing, the app will encourage you to keep writing with a variety of unpleasant stimuli.

Stimulus Mode
The mode with the warm fuzzies. The app creates a (customizable) calm writing environment as long as you keep writing. You are thereby encouraged to continue writing to maintain your chill.

Reward Mode
This breaks your writing word goal into sections with milestones of pleasantness along the way to help keep you moving. Customizable pleasant sounds and images.

Try out the web version at writeordie.com and start getting words on the page.

SwiftWrite

SwiftWrite

Kostya Teterin

SwiftWrite is more than just another text editor. It's all about the inspiration.

Writing a story or a poem means sharing your dreams, thoughts and feelings with the rest of the world. That is why SwiftWrite is offering dozens of inspirational themes to power up your imagination. Just select the one you think fits the best and change it anytime when you feel that it doesn’t fit anymore.

Unlike many other text editors, SwiftWrite is truly distraction free. There's no stacks of extra buttons on the screen, just you and your story. Instead we have added gestures to access the menu and to move the cursor precisely through the text.

Everyone has a story, a dream, a passion.

And we made just a perfect tool to express it.



FEATURES:

* Dozens of inspirational themes to drive your imagination

* Distraction free interface

* Additional gestures to make writing much easier and enjoyable

* iCloud drive support so you'll never lose your stories

* Print or e-mail your stories with just a few touches

Unhelpful - The motivational writing app that tries to help instead of hurt

Unhelpful - The motivational writing app that tries to help instead of hurt

Zach Burnham

Unhelpful is the motivational writing app that tries to help instead of hurt.

Instead of punishing you for not writing, Unhelpful helps by writing words for you!

If you don't keep writing, Unhelpful will try to help you by adding words. They just might not be the words you were looking for...

Choose a word count goal, then start writing. Your text is saved as you write so you can always come back to it later.

When you have met your word count goal, Unhelpful will not try to add any more words for you. You can easily share your text to save it elsewhere.

Unhelpful delivers a clean, distraction-free motivational writing experience.