UX Write [App Store], a new iOS word processing app by UX Productivity, aims to compete with Apple's own Pages, Dataviz's Documents to Go and other heavy-hitting word processing apps currently available in the App Store. UX Write touts several features to streamline the writing process for long and complex documents, including unique cursor and text selection controls, extra punctuation keys on the iPad, and powerful style formatting tools.
The full list of features is as follows:
- Styles: Separate content from presentation, and easily achieve consistent formatting throughout your whole document.
- Outline editor: Easily navigate and rearrange sections
- Automatic numbering and cross-references: for all headings, figures, and tables
- Automatic text reflow: Document layout and text size is adjusted to suit your screen size and orientation, for an improved reading and editing experience
- Extended keyboard (iPad only): Extra keys for punctuation and formatting, plus swipe gestures for cursor movement and text selection
- Painless file synchronisation: Full integration with Dropbox and WebDAV. Documents are kept in sync automatically.
- Printing and PDF export
- Built on the latest web technologies: HTML5, CSS3, and WebKit
A demo video showcases UX Write's major features:
UX Write faces tough competition in the App Store. At this time, UX Write can only create and edit HTML files though the ability to work with Microsoft Word and LaTeX files is coming in the future. At $14.99, it is currently more expensive than Pages and Documents to Go that both offer more features in total than UX Write though may arguably be less intuitive and efficient at working with long documents comparatively. Additionally, rumors indicate that Microsoft may be developing a version of Microsoft Office for the iPad that could be released in November.