Within moments of downloading the Daedalus Touch iPad app from the geniuses at The Soulmen I knew I was in love. This is the first text editor I’ve ever used that made complete use of my iPad 2’s screen without skimping on functionality.
If you write on your iPad (or if you want to) read on. My iPad app review of Daedalus Touch might be more love letter than hard critique, but there’s a good reason for that.
The Daedalus Touch iPad app is a text editor, not a sketch pad. If you’re looking for an app to make pretty pictures or type up a bright pink resume, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
However, if you’re in the market for a sleek app that makes writing and editing documents on your iPad a pleasurable experience, you just found the Holy Grail. Forget about unwieldy menus. This app is all about the gestures.
In Daedalus Touch you access documents (literally represented and treated like stacks of paper) by double tapping on their cover. Navigate the pages of a document by scrolling through them. Open a specific page with a pinch motion. Flip through pages just like you would in a book. Add pages to an existing document by scrolling to the right. Exit pages and enter the document preview with another pinch.
There’s more, include a drag and drop reordering option that works for stacks and for individual sheets and an option to manually adjust the margins with a few simple touches.
I haven’t even scratched the surface of this app. Needless to say the touch-focused concept of this text editor is something special. Read on after the break for a list of some of the app’s best features.
There are a handful of notable features that make the Daedalus Touch iPad app really special. This is going to be my go-to text editor from now on. A few reasons for that include:
- Customizable keyboard button bar in text edit mode
- Intuitive stacks and sheets organization (also completely customizable)
- Direct export/import sync with Dropbox and MobileMe!/iDisk
- Fully functional in-app Web browser for easy research (and other stuff too)
- Extensive export functionalities including print, PDF creation and email
- Time saving ever present modeless search bar
- Large text option for easier viewing and sharing
Sure, it would be nice to be able to highlight, bookmark or add a little bit of color to the text. But those are the only text editor app features I missed, and to be honest when I’m doing business on my iPad those are not my top concerns.
Layout & Design:
Elegant is the only word that comes to mind when I try to describe the Daedalus Touch iPad app. All the app’s controls are streamlined in a single black toolbar at the top of the screen. Even their keyboard bar tacks on to the iPad’s existing keyboard like an organic growth instead of an app add on.
With three text styles and four minimalist themes, you can still mold this app to your own preferences.
Daedalus Touch is worth the $5.99 it costs in iTunes. This is quite possibly the last text editor app you’ll ever have to buy for your iPad. That’s priceless.
Daedalus Touch iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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