I have been resisting the lure of the shiny new iPad thingie, because the last thing I want is another expensive toy to drag around all day and I don't really write on a computer; I tend to work longhand. But last night I was at the Apple Store and the salesperson showed me a bunch of iPad-only applications that might make my life as a writer a lot easier. For example:
iKnowWhatYouMean is a really cool add on to the iPad version of MS Word that uses predictive technology to change what you've written into what you actually meant to say. For $49 more you get the Limited Edition software version that can edit similes into metaphors, which is really really amazing.
iVeSeenThatBefore is a program that lets you enter the bare-bones plot of your story (in 3-act or 5-act structure), asks you what the genre is (comedy, tragedy, sf/f, etc) and then searches an online database to tell you if you've stolen the idea from a recent book or if you've stolen the idea from one of the classics.
iKnowYoureOutThere is one of those "force you to write" programs that you enter your normal schedule into including a regular block of time in which you should be writing, and when the clock comes around to that scheduled writing time, if you aren't actually using the iPad's writing software, it closes all other applications and opens MS Word and gives you a threatening message about being such a slacker. The message is customizable. If you aren't using the iPad at all during that writing time, it turns itself on and flashes lights and makes noise to attract your attention. Totally brilliant.
There are some more apps for writers but I didn't get those, because I'm not made out of money, you know. Anyway, the new iPad rawks and I think it's going to change the way I work. I'm very excited to start using it.
Happy Friday everyone! What's new with you?