By Bernie Goldbach in Clonmel
I’M TRYING TO reboot writing on my iPad Mini so I’m creating a short blog post by typing thoughts on a Brydge Mini keyboard. I plan to select all the words, paste them into a Typepad editing screen, and then posting the result.
How about some speech-to-text?
This content is spoken into the IA Writer and then reviewed on screen. I plan to think out loud and then revise the content when I scroll back to correct some of the errors. Let’s see what happens.
Let’s ask Bing Search about iA Writer and the iPad Mini
Bing told me iA Writer “is a minimalist writing app that lets you focus on your words and nothing else. It has a simple interface that eliminates distractions and provides a smooth writing experience. You can use it to write anything from notes to essays to novels”
The iA Writer is a very versatile app. I bought one version for the Surface Book. I paid 60 euro for iA Writer on the iPad. And there’s another version running on my Android phone.
When iA Writer runs on the iPad Mini, the text appears on a minimalist screen that keeps my focus on the thoughts I’m trying to reveal. The biggest benefit for me is how the software extends the functionality of my 5yo iPad Mini and my 4yo Samsung Note. I can use the rugged Brydge Mini keyboard on the smallest tables aboard Irish Rail. I can sync the work I’m doing on the iPad across to my Android phone.
I sync content I create in iA Writer to text files stored inside a Drive folder. I can also export documents in various formats (e.g. PDF, HTML, or MD). The workflow I use is more convoluted than the easy OneNote process I used during COVID but it’s the one I’ve learned to depend upon since I’m often shifting gigs of video and audio content and I want to be in the same Drive space to easily tap into “Recent” files.
I’m eager to get a peer review from friends as I continue to explore ways to produce original content after reviewing streams of information from trusted sources.
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus.]