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Dealing With Word Documents Is Made Easy With These Great iOS Word Processors

Dealing With Word Documents Is Made Easy With These Great iOS Word Processors

Creating documents on the go is easy with these great word processing apps.

Google Docs

Collaborate on rich-text documents

Google Docs

Open Google Drive files in Docs

For groups wanting to work together on projects in real time.

When constructing a document for any reason – especially school projects – doing so with a group of people can often be a hassle. Thankfully, Google Docs and other web apps within the Google Drive suite can take some of the pain out of hearing the words "group essay." For those who have used desktop word processors such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs' interface will be familiar as you use it to create and edit documents. However, the real magic comes in when you share your documents with other Google users and can watch them edit with you online. See who's typing and where, suggest edits, and view extensive revision history so you can know exactly who to blame for removing an entire paragraph. On iOS in particular, you can take this functionality on the go – and even offline – with the Google Docs iOS app.

Why we love it

The collaboration abilities in Google Docs are unmatched by similar services. And since you probably already have an account, your work is already in there. Odds are you're already using the web version to manage documents and spreadsheets, so making the jump to mobile means you don't even have a tough transition to make.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word for iOS is one third of the Office suite of applications for Apple’s iOS devices

Microsoft Word

It's Word, Jim, but not as we know it

For scribblers who want to get some Windows in their iOS.

Microsoft Word is a staple for any office environment and is just one-third of the complete Office suite of applications from Microsoft that are available on iOS. Word on iOS is a powerful application that lets users view and read documents in a rich, revamped interface. However, if you want to create or edit documents, you will need an Office 365 subscription. You can try it free during the 30-day trial, however, so you can see if it's a good fit for your mobile office.

Why we love it

It's Word on your iOS device, which means it's familiar to those that are already used to using that program for their documents. It also lets people transfer documents between their tablet and computer if they use a PC for work.

Pages

When you want a word processor that is just as sleek as Apple themselves

Pages

Pages

For anyone who needs a word processor that is easy and elegant to use.

Pages for iOS is undoubtedly one of the best iPad word processor applications available. Desktop-grade tools are at your fingertips for text manipulation and changing styles of text with just a few taps. Templates have always been Apple's specialty, and Pages keeps that tradition going. Over 60 starter forms are included to let you make great documents. Of course, iCloud sharing is front and center within Pages, and you can share for real-time collaboration with editors and cowriters. Pages will update your project as you both work to perfect it.

Why we love it

Apple's Pages has evolved quite a bit. It is now a beautiful and comprehensive solution for word processing on-the-go on your iOS device, and it gives users plenty of great options for when they need to write a novel, book, article, or anything else they want to get down on paper.

Hanx Writer

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

Hanx Writer

HanxWriter

For modern users who want a classic look and feel.

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 you want to keep things classy all over.

Why we love it

Classic typewriters are bulky, tough to use, and ridiculously loud. And we really miss them. Hanx Writer captures their charm without making you type on a 15-pound hunk of machinery. And it has a Delete key, which is something those relics were always lacking.

iA Writer

Take full control of your writing in a centralized hub

iA Writer

Tons of new features

For anyone who needs to write and wants focus, syntax help, and a separate editing section.

The developers of iA turned heads with the release of iA Writer Pro. This app is another desktop-grade text editor that looks to stand apart from the crowd based on features, workflow, and price. Its big standout feature is the innovative Syntax Control. This scans the syntax of your text. Then it will highlights parts of speech such as: adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions or conjunctions. iA Writer sets up your writing into three categories: brainstorming/notes, writing, and then editing.

Why we love it

iA Writer was a classic plain text editor back in the day, but the developers have really revamped it to become a powerful and complete writer's toolkit. If you're a writer who lives for the process, then this is the text editor for you.

Ulysses

Keep all of your writing in a single place with this powerful app

Ulysses

Powerful keyboard

For anyone who does a lot of writing and wants to keep everything in one central place.

Ulysses Mobile is a mobile port of the popular Mac writing client. Ulysses provides users with a complete library to store their writings in, and you can easily access your files on-the-go. The app provides writers with a distraction-free writing environment and there are even different colored themes and fonts that you can choose from to fit your writing style and needs. While you write, a keyboard extension provides you with shortcuts for changing formatting, adding special characters, searching keywords, undoing, and moving the cursor left and right. No matter what kind of writing you do, Ulysses Mobile is flexible and will work with you, not against you. Plus, all of your files are stored and synced effortlessly through iCloud.

Why we love it

Ulysses Mobile gives us a powerful toolset in a distraction-free writing environment and the ability to have all of our files in a single place is a win-win.

Flowstate

Get your flow going

Flowstate

A Simple Philosophy

For writers with strict time goals who don't mind a little risk

Dedicated writers know that they have to spend at least a little time every day honing their craft, and Flowstate has a system to make that happen. You just pick a session of 5, 15, or 30 minutes, and then all you have to do is fill that time with writing. It comes with a catch, however: If you stop typing for more than 5 seconds, it will delete everything. The point is to turn off your analytical brain and tap into your impulsive, instinctual mind to keep your creative taps flowing. It's devious and cruel, but nobody ever said art was easy.

Why we love it

The best productivity apps keep you working, and the threat of wasted time is about as serious as it gets in this hectic world. Maybe Flowstate's methods are a little extreme, but sometimes that's what it takes. We also like the time element, which ensures that our writing time meshes well with the rest of our schedules.

Werdsmith

Writing, coaching, and motivation in one app

Werdsmith

For writers who need a little more structure when they face a blank page.

Werdsmith turns your iOS device into a full-functioned writing studio. It has formatting, coaching, and even inspirational tools to help you get productive and stay that way. Once you have something down, it also makes it easy to share so that you can gather feedback and keep your work evolving and improving.

Why we love it

We'll be honest -- sometimes we need a little help getting started. So we appreciate that Werdsmith sets us up with writing prompts and sets up productivity goals to keep us on track to keep our words flowing and our masterpiece growing.

Samepage: Collaborate & chat on workflows & docs

Get things done together

Samepage: Collaborate & chat on workflows & docs

Samepage: Collaborate & chat on workflows & docs

For groups who want one app that does everything.

How many apps do you use for work? You probably have one for working on the projects themselves, one for chat, another for deciding who's doing what, and maybe another one to share files if e-mail isn't an option. Samepage thinks that's too many, which is why it does all of those functions itself. The most important part of working is actually, you know, the work, so this app lets you focus on that without constantly having to switch apps or get oriented.

Why we love it

We fully support anything that makes working in a group as pain-free as possible. Collaboration can result in some great projects, but it can also be one of the most frustrating things human beings subject themselves to. Samepage aims to take the wrinkles out by putting document creation, chat, project management, and file sharing all in one place, and we approve.

Danger Text - never stop writing

Keep writing ... or else

Danger Text - never stop writing

Danger Text - never stop writing

For writers who need the nuclear option to keep the words coming

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 head start, it will give you that, too. The important thing is to just keep writing. Always keep writing. Or your work will die.

Why we love it

This is a drastic measure to encourage creativity, but we respect it. Distractions are everywhere, especially on our phones, and we don't mind a little tough love to make sure we stay on target. And we really like the variety of modes that offer varying levels of control because we don't always want to sit on a time bomb.