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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
Slugline: Simply Screenwriting

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A Simple Philosophy
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”

VOX: “For...

Cardflow+ by Qrayon
Cardflow+ by Qrayon

Cardflow+ by Qrayon

Qrayon, LLC

We love index cards

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 to the iPad.

Rather than impose a rigid structure up front,...

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...

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HanxWriter
Hanx Writer

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

Hanx Writer

Hanx Writer

Hitcents.com, Inc.

Hanx Writer has all of the modern features and options that you've come to expect from new-fangled technology, but it collects them in a bygone package. It re-creates vintage typewriters in all of their loud, clackety glory. You can even use these special keyboards in other apps, like Notes, if...

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...

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...

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....

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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 some of that immediacy. It’s too easy to delete, to cut and paste. Sometimes that means we get bogged down when the key to finishing a piece of writing is so often to just keep going.

Why don’t we just make a typewriter for the iPad, we decided.

Typing Writer works just like your old typewriter. When you type over something, you still see the original letter underneath. When you reach the end of a line, if you don't manually go to the next line, the typewriter will go to the next line for you, even in the middle of a word! Press your finger on the page and a white-out brush appears. Brush over a letter or a word. There will still be a white splotch, of course. That’s how white-out works.

Typewriter sounds are included, but you can turn them off if you prefer. If you’re like us you’ll realize you like leaving them on, just to hear the bell letting you know you’re coming to the end of a line. After you’ve typed your draft it’s easy to export and open in any word-processing software.

Typing Writer shows that we don’t have to sacrifice the benefits and enjoyment of old systems every time we improve them.

Walky Talky - Walk while you type and not run into anything!

Walky Talky - Walk while you type and not run into anything!

Ravi Borra

Walky Talky is an app that lets you walk and type at the same time.

With Walky Talky, you can walk down a busy street without having to look up. It allows you to look out for on coming obstacles and avoid them...all while texting, tweeting, emailing, journaling, and just about anything else that requires typing. It also has some amazing features:

* NO ads in the way of your typing. Walky Talky has absolutely NO ads in anyway shape or form at all.

* Character Count, useful if you are tweeting on the go!

* Flash light built into the app, useful if you are walking at night.

* Shake to share, simply shake your phone after you have typed and then text, tweet, post on Facebook, copy to clipboard, AirDrop, and more.

* Complete iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus support

* Complete iOS share extension support, meaning you truly can do just about anything while walking now.

* Complete iOS 8 support

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.