I don’t think I have anticipated the release of an iOS app any more than I have for Ole Zorn’s new iPad text editor called Editorial. It’s awesome and incomparable, even when you put it up against the best desktop apps.
Federico Viticci wrote an epic review of the app (clocking in at 24,929 words):
Editorial changed how I use my iPad: I can now work from my mini without worrying about the apps and features I’d miss from my Mac. I want to work from my iPad, because Editorial is a better, faster, more efficient writing and editing environment than Sublime Text 2 on OS X, even considering all the Markdown-related scripts and macros I have in Keyboard Maestro. As a hub that connects apps and text with workflows and native UI elements, Editorial has reinvented the way I use iOS and third-party apps for writing, researching, taking notes, discovering links, and sharing them with other people. For me, Editorial is more than just a text editor.
The iPad was launched three years ago, and Editorial proves that desktop-class apps uniquely built for iOS can, today more than ever, be a reality.
If you don’t know what Markdown or Python is Editorial can still be an extremely powerful tool for writing. Try it out. Even if you don’t take advantage of workflows you’ll be amazed by what you can get done on an iPad. Maybe you’ll even dip your toes into some more advanced features. At $4.99 it’s a steal1.
As a point of comparison, Microsoft Word 2013 costs $109.99. If you use Word everyday you might be surprised to find out that you don’t need most of its features; I’ve found that writing on iOS, especially when you are using apps like Editorial, can be a more enjoyable and more productive. ↩