Monday, August 17, 2009

myTexts with Keymote – a nice combo

Some time ago I wrote about Using Pages ‘09 in “WriteRoom” Mode, but since then I found myTexts from MOApp Software and bought it. I like the idea of having a document storage inside the application without having to worry about file handling – which is one of those things I do not want to think about while writing.

However, the (intentionally) spartan design of pure writing applications like this has a slight drawback: In order to activate certain functions you either have to take your hands away from the keyboard to grab a mouse, or learn the keyboard shortcuts. Usually I am a very keyboard centric person, but just yesterday I found Keymote, a universal Mac remote for the iPhone/iPod Touch from icedcocoa which made my life even easier.

My writing deskIt has got its fair share of (most favorable) coverage already, but I think this little program is still worth another positive mention. For me, this is what an iPhone application should be like. It offers clearly defined and useful functionality while at the same time being both beautiful to look at and self-explanatory to use. Even though the homepage contains some tutorial screencasts, I did not have any problems  getting everything to do what I wanted.

The big picture show my writing desk with my iPod Touch placed behind my keyboard for easy access. The closeup below has the layout I created for the shortcuts most commonly used when writing in myTexts.

myTexts keyset closeupThis is the first application I have seen (personally) that makes use of the new iPhone OS 3.0 in-app store functionality, and it was a pleasurable experience. They allow people to share their keysets – currently they are all free – and there already is one for many popular applications already. I just created and shared a keyset for myTexts and uploaded it. This worked pretty much instantaneously, and while version 1.0.0 still has a little localization problem (which is already being worked on according to the support forum) I think this tool is worth every cent of its €2,99 price!

I definitely recommend you go to their website and have a look at the tutorial and the promotion videos – you’ll probably be excited as well.

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