How we tested | Writi ng apps

Mac Format - - RATED -

The apps were in­stalled on a 2012 Mac mini run­ning El Cap­i­tan. They were used at var­i­ous screen sizes in or­der to as­cer­tain whether this af­fected how well they worked.

We pri­mar­ily tested them by sit­ting in front of the screen and writ­ing – while keep­ing some ques­tions in mind. How did each ap­pli­ca­tion feel to use? Were any road­blocks thrown up, thereby slow­ing us down? How easy was each app to set up in the first place, and were there any cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions pro­vided to fine­tune ev­ery­thing to our lik­ing?

Mod­ern writ­ing is of­ten about more than just writ­ing un­til you’re done, so we ex­plored com­mon re­quire­ments writ­ers have, whether they’re work­ing for mag­a­zines and web­sites or putting to­gether text for a pre­sen­ta­tion: ac­cess to doc­u­ment sta­tis­tics, such as word counts; sup­port for struc­tural for­mat­ting; and ex­port­ing doc­u­ments in for­mats that are widely ac­cepted. Not all of the apps did ev­ery­thing, so we were aware we’d be look­ing for some kind of sweet spot – an app that did enough of the right things in a pleas­ing, ef­fi­cient, us­able man­ner.

Ommwriter feels a bit chilly due to that back­ground im­age.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.