Tuesday, August 11, 2009

iPhone & Smart Phone Apps for Writers/Bloggers




iPhone & Smart Phone Apps for Writers/Bloggers
Those of us who enjoy using a smart phone will enjoy this list. I know I find these applications helpful when I am using my phone while writing or on the go. Please be sure to comment if you have used these or have a application that was not mentioned.




WordPress
Price: Free
Website: www.wordpress.com


After downloading this to my iPhone, I discovered how cool it was to blog on the run. If I wanted to add something of my day and share it with our readers than I could do that without logging into a computer. You add posts, edit, and then publish. Sure it's not an easy task to type, but once you get used to it, then your doing great! Although you might want to save this for smaller posts as to not cramp your fingers.


WordDigest by Global Delight
Price: 1.99 from the iTunes App store
Website:
www.globaldelight.com/iPhone/worddigest

This tool is great to search for words and look up spellings. This is definitely a tool to have on the go and around the home.

WordDigest is an intelligent and fast English dictionary, thesaurus and spell checker tool, all integrated into one complete package. Its intuitive word-search and spelling suggestions are quick, giving you in-depth information of words without an Internet connection. WordDigest also has a provision to search for words on the Internet. The search results have been optimized to suit the display on your iPhone™ or iPod® touch.

Features

Dictionary containing more than 147,000 words

IPA pronunciations for 87,000 words

Built-in hyperlinked thesaurus for more than 28,000 words

Built-in hyperlinked intelligent spell checker

  • Set bookmarks to favorite words
  • History of previously searched words
  • Built-in Web search for Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Answers.com
  • Option to show the etymology (word origin) for a word. This feature requires active Internet connection.
  • Option to alter the text size
BlogPress

Price: $2.99
Website: iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=317799861&mt=8

Want to blog on the go and don't know how to do it? Well Blogpress is the application on your iPhone for you! BlogPress has support for: Blogger, BlogSpot, MSN Live Spaces, WordPress, Movable Type, TypePad, LiveJournal, and Drupal. So no matter what you are using, its an application that you can blog on the go with and do what you do best, Write!


Twitter
Price: Free
Website: www.twitter.com

Social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface.
Twitter is a great free service that anyone can use. It's become so popular that many businesses, celebrities, and popular tv shows are now using it . What a great way to promote yourself and your work.


Facebook
Price: Free
Website: www.facebook.com

Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. Facebook is a free service like Twitter. It's also becomes so popular that artisits, celebs, shows, etc are now using it as a medium.




Skype
Price: Free (See Site for other)
Website: www.skype.com



Skype is software that enables you to make free calls anywhere in the world. Skype uses innovative P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you with other users. It offers several features, including SkypeOut calling from Skype to regular and mobile phones worldwide, conference calling, and secure file transferring. Skype calls have better sound quality than your regular phone and are highly secure, with end-to-end encryption.

Jott
Price: Free (See site for further details)
Website: http://www.jott.com

Jott for iPhone puts the power of Jott voice-to-text conversion just a couple of taps away. It's free for Jott subscribers and replicates most of the functionality in Jott's call-in service. With Jott for iPhone, you can use your voice to:

  • Send emails and texts to your iPhone contacts and Jott groups
  • Take notes, set reminders, and manage your lists
  • Post to Google Calendar, Twitter, Facebook, and more web services
  • Jott for iPhone requires a Jott Assistant plan (See site for further details)
FileMagnet
Price: 4.99
Website: http://www.magnetismstudios.com/FileMagnet/
FileMagnet makes it easy to copy files from your computer to your iPhone and iPod Touch. It's compatible with all the popular file formats so you can read all your favorite documents on the go.

SnapTell
Price:Free
Website: http://www.snaptell.com/apps/#iphone

Use the iPhone's built-in camera to take a picture of any book, DVD or video game package; SnapTell will identify it. The best thing is that you don't need a barcode, and the picture can be a skewed and fuzzy—SnapTell will still return a positive ID.

Barnes & Noble
Price: Free
Website: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/iphone/

The iphone application allows you to search, discover, and even put a book on reserve at your local store. Talk about cool!

Amazon.com
Price: Free
Wesbite:http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000291661

This iphone application is the same as the Barnes and Noble, but provides you with a way to purchase right from your phone! Also snap to remember and find items on Amazon that you find at other stores to compare prices! No more needing to sit at a computer to purchase that book you needed for research!





4 comments:

  1. Oh that was great! I love my iPhone and it was nice to see some of the options out there without having to dig from them. Thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for the good info! By chance do you know any quick way to transfer music from an MP3 to Vista? My son got a new computer with Vista and now we need to transfer his music. Maybe we could just do it to an external drive ... but I guess it still has to be compatible with Vista to run. Thanks for any suggestions.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Martha! I think you answered your own question. I would have to say putting them on an external drive is the easiest and safest. You have your music backed up which is important and then you can move it into itunes or whatever you use to play your music. MP3 will play in any compatible mp3 player.

    ReplyDelete