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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
Danger Text

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A Simple Philosophy
Flowstate

Flowstate

Overman

Get your flow going

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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”

VOX: “For...

Zine - Enjoy Writing
Zine - Enjoy Writing

Zine - Enjoy Writing

Aura Marker Studio Co., Ltd.

Zine is a well-designed, easy-to-use, powerful note and writing application, it has the following unique experiences:

Zine is a well-designed, easy-to-use, powerful note and writing application, it has the following unique experiences:

1: Beautiful typesetting, easy personalize your articles
Zine supports many personalized fonts, colors, font sizes, paragraph styles, papers, templates, and WYSIWYG photo editing. It is very convenient to typeset beautiful articles on mobile phones and share them to social networks

2: Built-in cloud storage, content is...

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,...

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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...

Danger Text
Danger Text

Keep writing ... or else

Danger Text

Danger Text

Richard Shilton

Danger Text makes sure you stay productive with a devious feature: If you stop typing for too long, it will delete all of your work. It includes five settings that will give you more (or less) time to catch your breath before you keep typing. And if you need a...

Index Card - Corkboard Writing
Index Card - Corkboard Writing
Index Card - Corkboard Writing

Index Card - Corkboard Writing

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...

Widgit Writer
Widgit Writer
Widgit Writer

Widgit Writer

Widgit

Widgit Writer is an app where you can write simple documents and have the support from speech feedback using the voices available in the iPad.

You can also get the support from symbols showing the meaning of the words in your document as you type.
You can buy the symbols as an...

Dyslexia Font Pal & Keyboard
Dyslexia Font Pal & Keyboard
Dyslexia Font Pal & Keyboard

Dyslexia Font Pal & Keyboard

Accretive Systems LLC

Welcome to Dyslexia Keyboard -- it's time to relax and be empowered!

DyslexiaKey makes typing less frustrating for those with dyslexia. By using a specific font created specifically for dyslexic individuals, this app allows people affected by dyslexia to type with ease within any app on any iPhone. The keyboard also...

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....

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...

Write or Die
Write or Die
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...