‘”Patent Pending?” iA’s Militant Stance on Syntax Control in Writer Pro’

Weswanders in The Verge forums (worth reading):

So, does iA actually have the exclusive right to the idea of Syntax Control, putting unsuspecting future developers on a collision course with iA? It appears the answer is no. What’s more, iA’s claims of beating everyone to the punch appear to be disingenuous at best.

This is an absurd stance for iA to be taking with Writer Pro, because as it turns out the Syntax Control stuff is more or less baked into OS X and iOS. I can’t wait to see other developers add in Syntax Control.

I am all for every writing app getting better. However, the hard part is always mixing and matching writing apps as more and more they want to play in their own sandboxes only.

Writer Pro is the best writing app on iOS, but I think Ulysses III is likely still the best on OS X (I need more time with Writer Pro on OS X to make the a firm statement). But even if I wanted to use UIII and Writer Pro together — it would be easier to make my own writing app.

The way I see it, right now:

  • Writer Pro is easily the prettiest of the lot.
  • Ulysses III has a fantastic organization and workflow system — the best of the lot.
  • Byword has the very wise ability to publish your writing to your blog.
  • Editorial makes my life easier with workflow automation.
  • Editorially makes shared editing a snap.

I want the best of all this writing tools, but even if I wanted to use them all — I would be stuck copying and pasting all day long. Lame.

Become a Member

This site is 100% member supported and free of advertising. Members receive access to exclusive weekly content: iPad Productivity Report, videos, and the best products listing.

Join Now

Already a member? Please sign in.

Article Details

Published
by Ben Brooks
1 minute to read.


tl;dr

Weswanders in The Verge forums (worth reading): So, does iA actually have the exclusive right to the idea of Syntax Control, putting unsuspecting future developers on a collision course with iA? It appears the answer is no. What’s more, iA’s claims of beating everyone to the punch appear to be disingenuous at best. This is […]