Type notes quickly in clean, cus­tom­iz­a­ble writ­ing app

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

In­spi­ra­tion can strike at any time, so it’s al­ways use­ful to have a sim­ple, easy-to-use writ­ing pro­gram on hand. Jot­terPad is just that: el­e­gant, clean and de­signed to keep you from get­ting dis­tracted. That doesn’t mean, how­ever, that it’s un­der­pow­ered. The app has ex­ten­sive shar­ing, lay­out and pro­duc­tiv­ity fea­tures that make it an in­valu­able tool for word­smiths. It has built-in dic­tionar­ies and re­search tools. It lets you save doc­u­ments in just about ev­ery file for­mat you’d com­monly need, and even syncs with Drop­box. The free ver­sion of the app is use­ful unto it­self, though it’s pos­si­ble to buy even more fea­tures— type­faces, etc.— for a $6 up­grade.

Other touches set Jot­terPad apart from the slew of com­pet­ing apps. One nice fea­ture, for ex­am­ple, is a “night mode” that makes record­ing any mid­night in­spi­ra­tion a lit­tle eas­ier on your eyes. And you can also opt to ex­tend the key­board and add ex­tra, use­ful func­tions that you may need if you’re in­sert­ing im­ages or want handy ac­cess to sym­bol keys. But the real beauty of the app is that you can tuck all of that away if you want to just fo­cus and write. Free for An­droid de­vices.

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