The one thing we all use our computers for is word processing. But don’t think Microsoft has the final Word on this. I’ve been trying out several alternate word processor-like apps and am delighted by what I am finding. You may not want to ditch Word just yet, but if you have some specialized writing needs, I just may have a better solution.
If you thought Word was complicated, wait until you try Scrivener. But then again, despite a steep learning curve, this little $45 writing software is the best I’ve ever seen. Whether white papers, blog posts, poetry, screenwriting or penning the next great American novel, Scrivener is like a writing studio, a one-stop program for Macs or PCs that is also a project management system for your articles and paprs, as well as a research center. You can try it out free for a month, but, from my experience, it will take you that long to learn it. Once you have, though — wow!
Despite the silly name, WorkFlowy is a note taking piece of software that boldly claims to organize your brain. It’s a desktop app and an online app for Apple and Android that collects and organizes notes, shopping lists, and documents. It’s the best note-taker I have ever found. Best of all, it’s free.
Finally, for Apple users, I really like the sheer elegance of Day One, a journaling program that works with photos and your calendar and is a great tool for any writer. It starts up instantly and syncs with all your i-devices, such as iPad, iPhone and Mac computers. Cost is $10.
For the report PC Mike did for NBC-TV on non-Microsoft Word writing apps, please check the video below: