Phraseology 2.0 for iPad

A few hours ago, Greg Pierce who is well-known for his work on Drafts, released a 2.0 update to its writing app: Phraseology for iPad. Before I jump into what the new features are, I'd like to highlight a few things that make Phraseology different from other writing apps for the iPad.

First, you need to take a peek at Brett Terpstra's awesome work of doing features comparison for most (if not all) of the text editors on iOS: iTextEditors. A few things to note here:

  • Phraseology is an iPad-only app
  • Phraseology does not support sync
  • Phraseology 1.x supports Markdown format, but it does not support syntax highlighting
  • Phraseology supports TextExpander
  • Phraseology has its own URL Schemes

And, if you mouse-over on Phraseology's left-most column, you will learn that it integrates with Terminology, lets you reorder paragraphs and sentences, and provides you with extensive document stats, such as Flesh Kincaid Reading Ease/Grade Level, Gunning Fog Score, SMOG Index, etc.

Phraseology's Inspect view helps you improve the readability of your writing.

Inspect and Arrange views

If you want to continually improve your writing skills, Phraseology is your perfect companion. It lets you become a ruthless editor for your own work. You will spend a lot of time switching to the Inspect view to see how well your writing is. It provides you with readability analysis, average words per sentence, average syllables per word, and the list of root words (lemmas) found.

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Launch Center Pro 2.2 Update

Today, Contrast releases an update to Launch Center Pro. The 2.2 update also acts as the first version of its iPad app. The new iPad version makes it possible to interact with iPad-only apps, such as Mr. Reader and Editorial.

This update brings several new features, such as multitouch support group and move action between groups. Now, you can launch actions from within a group by using two fingers: one finger to open the group and another to tap the action. You can also move action from one group to another, or to the home grids (and vice versa). This makes it easy to organise the actions without having to copy and paste the URLs.

Tweet a code snippet via Dropbox

Launch Center Pro 2.2 also brings a set of new Dropbox text actions. You can now create, append, and prepend text files in your Dropbox folder.

If you're familiar with Drafts, these actions are already available in Drafts. What makes the Launch Center Pro actions different is its ability to retrieve the shareable link to the Dropbox file. The link is copied to the clipboard and can be chained for other purpose.

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