Most writers have essential apps like Evernote, Dropbox, and a dictionary loaded onto their devices. But when it comes to outlining, mind mapping, and editing, some great apps are often overlooked. Prezi, WorkFlowy, and NoteAnytime are some of the apps I use the most.
My outlines absolutely have to be accessible on my iPad, my iPhone, and my PC. Fortunately, WorkFlowy is available for all those platforms, and Android devices too. It automatically syncs so you can put down your iPhone and sit down at your computer and continue working.
It comes with a minimalist, distraction free interface that is simple and easy to use. But the best thing about WorkFlowy is how accessible your outlines are. You can search for specific terms or you can add hashtags to your items, and then view only the items with a specific tag. I tag scenes by character, so I can see how frequently a given character shows up, and in what parts of the story.
I’d highly recommend WorkFlowy for any writing project.
Prezi is like PowerPoint, except awesome. If that doesn’t make it sound like a mind-mapping tool, trust me, it actually works pretty well. In addition, you can use it for presentations, outlines, and whatever else you can come up with. It’s pretty open ended.
Prezi is cloud based and automatically syncs between platforms. You can get it for iOS, Android, or your PC. Call me shallow, but one of my favorite things about Prezi is how cool your mind maps will look. There are plenty of backgrounds and layouts to choose from, or you can make your own. You can add images, which is an important feature for me when it comes to mind-mapping. As a bonus, you can make a presentation, and watch your mind map or outline unfold.
The downside to Prezi is probably the learning curve. Because it has so many features, it can take a while to learn them all. However, it’s well worth the time investment. Prezi doesn’t autosave your work like WorkFlowy, either, so be sure to save frequently!
Although Note Anytime is available for iOS, Android, and Windows, I find it’s best suited to a tablet. I use it primarily to display PDFs of my drafts so I can get out my trusty red stylus and mark them up. Note Anytime comes with free cloud storage, and will sync across all your devices. It’s also simple to import and export files from Google Drive and Dropbox. Note Anytime can also be a useful platform for taking notes, whether handwritten or typed.
Well, those are three apps I think are pretty nifty, but I’m sure there are quite a few others out there. Are there any apps you use that deserve to make this list? Let me know and I’ll give them a try.