Handheld technology is roaring ahead at lightening speed and applications for the iPhone seem to be at the front lines of this revolution. There are hundreds of apps out there to choose from, both free and for varying fees. With so many choices, how do you decide what is worth your precious hard drive space? If you are a writer then these applications are not only worth your space, but are also valuable resources to have at your fingertips. These tools for writers are presented in to particular order.
Let’s start with the newest first. Barnes and Noble just launched a free eBook reader application that is available for the iPhone. There are more than 700,00 books available for download at varying prices, but the reader itself is free and comes with five free books to get you started. They are also working with Google to release many more titles that are no longer under copyright. This turns your iPhone into a mobile book database for research purposes or even for simple inspiration.
The next must-have writing resource for the iPhone is the Wikipanion application. Wikipanion gives easy search access to the enormous database that is Wikipedia. This is great if you’re researching a topic for an article, research paper, or even as a resource for fiction writers. It’s operation is not only straight-forward, the application itself offers a direct connection to the Wikipedia servers which allows for fast information retrieval. You get the information that you need, when you want it.
If Wikipanion doesn’t present you with exactly what you’re looking for, download the Google App for iPhone. It’s all the power of the Google search engine in a pleasing application format. Google yoru favorite writing websites or even yourself if you are so inclined. It’s somewhat faster than the Safari browser that is included with your iPhone and makes things easier if you’re outside of a wireless internet area. The Google for iPhone application also has a voice search feature for hands-free access which is great if you’re in your car or just typing away on your laptop.
Last, but not least in the lineup is the iThesaurus application. This no-frills application does exactly what the name implies. Type in the word for which you need a synonym or antonym and iThesaurus will lprovide you with a list of words. It’s a great companion to iDictionary and contains a pretty comprehensive database. It definitely beats lugging around one of the big paperback or hardcover thesauri.
With a price like free, these applications are nearly impossible to pass up. It’s especially difficult to ignore them when they could provide information that means the difference between being published or not. All of these applications can be found in the iTunes store which can be accessed via your iPhone, desktop, or laptop computer.