Free IPad Apps for Writers

If you are a writer, pastor, business person or blogger this post will help you find the best apps to use on your new Ipad. Using your Ipad everyday is the easy part but finding the apps that are free and the most productive is a trial and error process. You usually download the app, try it out, see if it fits your needs, and if not, delete it. But I have found the best way to download the right app is to follow those who have already tried the apps out and given me the update on their trial basis. This post will help you sort through millions of apps and find the right ones just for you. Even though we all differ a bit (lol) writers have a tendency to use the same basic set of tools.

Each of the apps will be chosen from Itunes and each will be exclusively for the Ipad.

WordPress The first app I would load on my Ipad as a blogger is the WordPress app. You can easily edit or create a new blog wherever you may be with your Ipad. However, I feel it has some limitations that need to be addressed but regardless it is a powerful tool that allows for posting, editing, and checking stats.

Dropbox If you are going to be writing and picking up your manuscript on multiple computers then Dropbox is a great storage tank for your files.  Save your files into Dropbox and pick them up where you left off on another computer.

Wikipanion We all need a research tool and Wikipanion is a great online encyclopedia to have at your fingertips; you can access Wikipedia whenever you are on your Ipad.

Ghostwriter This is my favorite note taker with various tools, such as, appointment/action items sheet, different writing instruments and choices of backgrounds. You can write notes, draw pictures or paste a photograph and then save to Dropbox or Evernote

Evernote This is hands down one of the most useful filing systems for your Ipad notes, sermons, files or receipts. You can label each file, store your papers, and retrieve on any electronic device that has Evernote installed on it. You can’t organize without this one.

Wunderlist This app enables the user to creat a to-do list on a colorful background, ave according to due date but lacks an export button.

SmartOffice2 For those who still use the Microsoft Suite including Word, then you can transform your Word documents and actually edit them inside SmartOffice 2. It will bring documents up from Google Docs and Dropbox, a great plus. (Since I received my copy of Smart Office 2 it is no longer free on Itunes and the price is $9.99)

Logos Bible This app allows you to read commentary side by side the biblical text. You can highlight a text, do a word search and download additional study guides, many of them are free.

Comment: What apps do you find useful as a blogger, pastor or writer?

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IPAD3 – My Favorite Free Apps


Standing in line at Wal-Mart at 12:00 at night waiting for the new IPad to come out last Friday wasn’t exactly a last-minute decision. When the IPad1 came out I was skeptical that i would use a tablet over my laptop however, when the IPad2 came out i was somewhat inquisitive. Apps were being churned out at a paid pace and my creative juices began to flow each time I saw one but with inner strength and self-discipline (ha) and waiting for the extra cash, I waited anxiously for the IPad3, and I am so glad I did. Its retina display, fast processor and 4G abilities caused me to purchase my IPad3 at 12:08 am on the first day of its debut.

But for me, the apps make the tablet. Its functionality is only as powerful as the apps available for it. I read up on them, studied them and downloaded My Favorite FREE apps, (later I may purchase a few apps), Most of these work on my IPhone as well as my IPad. I was looking for productivity, research and business, with that in mind – here are my Favorite Free Apps.

Microsoft OneNote – syncs with your home computer, work computer, laptop or IPhone. Capture articles, pictures, create notebooks, research pages, keep track of receipts. You will have to purchase OneNote for your home/work computer but the app is free. If you want a program Free for the desktop and IPad choose Evernote.

HootSuite – keep all your social networking in one place. Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Linkedin, Just sign in and view your social network. Convenient, quick and it is free.

G Docs – I keep all my documents in Google Docs then download them when i need them. Google documents can be found on your work/home computer by going to the Google page and clicking more. Google Documents is free and the app is free.

Smartr Contacts – keeps all your contacts from Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc. and your address book all together with pictures, information and more. Powerful app and handy.

YouVersion – This is my favorite Bible app but you must be on the internet to use it. It has several Bible translations, you can join an online Bible study and share favorite verses to Facebook. If you choose not to go with an online Bible – try Logos Bible App. I have it downloaded and have used it on several occasions.

TripIt – this amazing app keeps all my travel information in one place – even pulls in emails containing travel details. If you fly and stay in motels this is one app you don’t want to be without

Urbanspoon – again, if you travel, this will be a life saver. This will find restaurants closer to you, give directions, prices, menus and reviews.

Zite – my personal magazine. I choose the content and topics.

Trippy- Shares my trip plans with family and selected friends to let them know I am in the area.

 Ifly – shows me the airport terminals, restaurants, bathrooms, gates, and all the information I need to navigate through an airport that may be new to me or one I haven’t been in for some time.