Today is the day: Writers App 2.0 is available on the iOS App Store. After four months of hard work on this new version I’m so glad and happy to celebrate its release today. I really love this update of Writers App and hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It’s the biggest step that I’ve ever done with Writers App and the app has never been better. Let’s take a closer look at the things that have changed and at all the new advantages and features the app offers for all users.
New beautiful look
First of all, there is this new UI. Writers App has been developed again from the ground and so it received a completely new and modern look. The app is more intuitive to use and makes it much easier to get an overview of all the notes and information that are stored within Writers App.
You can now easily switch between your story, its chapters, characters, places and items easily via the new tab bar at the bottom. There’s no need to run a navigation stack back and forth to work on different elements; just tap into the area you want to work on and you’re there immediately.
This new UI was one of the biggest challenges while working on version 2.0 and the reason why I’ve developed the app again with a complete new code base. And for all that are interested in this little fact: Yes, Writers App is rewritten in Apples new programming language Swift.
Tons of new features
While the new UI was one of the biggest challenges, I also worked on several new features which are available as so called PRO features within Writers App. I’ve already presented them in the appropriate blog post Writers App goes PRO: What does that mean and what are the differences to Writers App BASIC? and also list them here to give you an overview about the new stuff the comes with Writers App PRO:
- Define your own categories for the properties of your stories, chapters, characters and places
In Writers App PRO you have the possibility to not only use the given categories like plot, role or look for the elements within the app. Furthermore it is possible to create your own categories and to manage them. Thus you gain maximum flexibility in creating and planning your story.
- Create additional notes for every element
Writers App PRO offers a completely new notes function which allows you to create an unlimited count of notes for each element. Furthermore you can set one of three different colors for every note so that you’re able to differentiate between them easily and with only one look.
- Synchronize your contents fast and easily via iCloud
iCloud is now available within Writers App PRO and allows the synchronization of all of your contents and stories between all your devices on which you install Writers App.
- Export your story as TXT file with markdown formatting
Writers App PRO does not only offer to export your stories via TXT file. Additionally you can export them as TXT files with a given markdown formatting which makes those files more readable in other apps which support markdown as well.
- Set your own images as cover for your stories
In Writers App PRO you have the possibility to add an own image to every story you have within the app so you can personalize your stories directly on the start view.
- Lock the app with a passcode or Touch ID
Writers App PRO offers you to lock the app with a passcode so that only you can gain access to your contents and stories when starting the app. Furthermore Writers App PRO supports the Touch ID sensor to unlock the app.
- Use the new backup function to automatically create backups of your stories
Security is important, more than ever in case of sensible data like your own stories. For that reason Writers App PRO has a new integrated backup function which is active by default and saves your contents whenever you leave the app. You can restore those backups at any time easily from within Writers App or export those backup files via iTunes.
How to become PRO
There are two ways to gain access to this new features:
- You can purchase a one-time in app purchase from within Writers App BASIC to unlock the PRO features or
- you can purchase the complete new Writers App PRO which contains all latest features and advantages implemented within the app.
Of course there’s absolutely no need to purchase both apps; the Writers App BASIC with unlocked PRO features is exactly the same as the Writers App PRO. So users of Writers App BASIC who wants to use the new PRO features should just easily upgrade to PRO via the available one-time in app purchase.
Of course this isn’t the end of the line. I’ll implement further new features and release updates for Writers App in the future, but therefore I would love to hear from you: You’re welcome to tell me about your ideas and suggestions for the app so that I can put those things on my todo list and implement the functions you want to see within the app. So don’t hesitate to tell me what you think and what you would love to see within Writers App. If I like the idea on my own I’ll do my best to implement those features as fast as I can. 🙂 You can contact me at any time via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to hear from you.
But let’s enjoy this new major update of Writers App for the moment. Try it out, test the new features and fell in love with the new UI. 🙂
Thomas – Developer of Writers App