WriteOn! Write anywhere!

WriteOn is a writing app for macOS and iOS so writers can write their novel, short story, or other writing project and track their progress at the same time. If you’re going out and about and your notebook is too heavy to lug around, then use your iPad or iPhone wherever you are. Want to write a scene or chapter while you’re out and about sans computer? Have unexpected down time while waiting on someone else? Going to a write-in after work or school and don’t have the room to lug your notebook computer? Writing on the go has never been easier.

At home and want the big screen and real keyboard, then send your data to your computer and write, write, write.

WriteOn Lite for macOS

WriteOn Lite for macOS

WriteOn for iOS

WriteOn for iOS

WriteOn for macOS

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Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novel,  on your own or as part of a challenge like NaNoWriMo or the 3-Day Novel Contest, WriteOn can handle your writing needs. Have multiple writing projects going on at the same time? No problem!

But that’s not all! WriteOn lets you track your writing progress on each project. Name your project, set a target date and a  target word count and the app will calculate how many days you have left until your target date and how many words you need to write each day to meet your goal. The statistics screen tells you at a glance how much you’ve written, how many days you’ve written, how many words you wrote each day on average, and the percentage complete for your project.

WriteOn also lets you see all the word count for each individual chapter for your project on the Chapters screen. See at a glance which chapter may need beefing up, or which chapter can use a bit of trimming 🙂

Want to send a copy of your project to your friend or loved one? Go right ahead and send it via email! Tweet about your daily writing progress. Or post on Facebook with your daily word count. Keep your various social streams informed. Rub your progress in their faces even!

Now, you can also try out the free version of WriteOn, WriteOn Lite, and then transfer your work from WriteOn Lite to the Pro version with a single tap. It’s dead easy to try out WriteOn Lite (for iOS) to see if it is for you and to continue working with the additional functionality provided by the paid version of WriteOn (either iOS or macOS).

WriteOn also has an option which allows you to switch between customizable day and night modes. You can set the text colour and the background colour you want for each mode and switch to the appropriate one – for instance, when you’re working at night while a loved one sleeps next to you.

Additionally, WriteOn allows you to backup all your projects via e-mail, to DropBox or any other iOS app which supports receiving data from another app. You can later restore these backups by simply tapping on the attachment on e-mail or selecting the backup file in another app and selecting the option to open the file in WriteOn. Your writing projects are always safe with WriteOn!

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Upgrade

The difference between WriteOn Lite for iOS and WriteOn for iOS is simple. With WriteOn Lite, you are limited to one project. With WriteOn, you can have unlimited projects. And you can backup all your projects in one file.

Did you start with WriteOn Lite and now you’re thinking of upgrading to WriteOn to get the additional features and unlimited projects? Are you worried about how to get your data from WriteOn Lite into WriteOn? Don’t be! Watch the video below to see just how easy it is!

WriteOn Lite export to WriteOn

WriteOn Lite export to WriteOn

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Features

  • Manage all your writing projects in one place. (WriteOn Lite for iOS is a free app and is limited to one project. WriteOn for iOS and WriteOn for macOS both allow for an unlimited number of writing projects.)
  • Backup all projects via e-mail, airdrop, or a service like DropBox and later restore them again. (With WriteOn for iOS and WriteOn for macOS.)
  • Manage individual chapters for each writing project and know the word count for each project.
  • Write using your iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer and be even able to share data between multiple devices by transferring backups from device to device.
  • Switch between day and night modes to write under any light conditions at any time of day.
  • Session totals, daily word count totals, and statistics are automatically calculated.
  • History shows you how many words written for each writing session.
  • Statistics will show you the total amount you’ve written so far, remaining words to write, how many days you’ve written, your average words written per day, how many days remaining until your target due date, how many words you need to write each day to reach your writing goal, and so on.
  • Send a copy of your project to yourself or others via email in .txt format.
  • Social sharing for sharing daily word counts via email, twitter, Facebook, and other social sharing sites.
  • Built-in FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).
  • Built-in feedback for bugs and feature requests.
  • Dynamic type so you can resize the text to whatever suits your eyes best.

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Screenshots iOS

Screenshots for WriteOn Lite for iOS

WriteOn Lite iOS project screen

WriteOn Lite iOS project screen

WriteOn Lite iOS trash screen

WriteOn Lite iOS trash screen

WriteOn Lite iOS Help & Info screen

WriteOn Lite iOS Help & Info screen

Screenshots for WriteOn for iOS

WriteOn iOS Projects screen

WriteOn iOS Projects screen

WriteOn iOS Edit project screen

WriteOn iOS Edit project screen

WriteOn iOS Chapters screen

WriteOn iOS Chapters screen

WriteOn iOS edit chapter large text

WriteOn iOS edit chapter large text

WriteOn iOS edit chapter, small text

WriteOn iOS edit chapter, small text

WriteOn iOS statistics screen

WriteOn iOS statistics screen

WriteOn iOS statistics screen, bottom

WriteOn iOS statistics screen, bottom

WriteOn iOS History screen

WriteOn iOS History screen

WriteOn trash screen for deleted chapters

WriteOn trash screen for deleted chapters

WriteOn iOS extracts screen

WriteOn iOS extracts screen

WriteOn iOS actions

WriteOn iOS actions

WriteOn iOS Help & Info screen

WriteOn iOS Help & Info screen

Screenshots macOS

Screenshots for WriteOn for macOS

WriteOn macOS app for writing

WriteOn macOS main screen

WriteOn macOS Project Detail

WriteOn macOS Project Detail

WriteOn macOS Extracts & Deleted Chapters

WriteOn macOS Extracts & Deleted Chapters

WriteOn macOS backup your project

WriteOn macOS backup your project

WriteOn macOS Restore a backup

WriteOn macOS Restore a backup

WriteOn macOS Share progress

WriteOn macOS Share progress

WriteOn macOS Font settings

WriteOn macOS Font settings

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FAQs iOS

From the Projects screen, tap on the Add button in the top right corner. The  Add Project screen will appear. Fill in the details and tap on Save in the top right corner. Your project is now created.

WriteOn Add Project screen

Projects are coloured according to how completed they are. Projects that are completed 0-20% are light grey, while projects completed between 20 to 40% are coloured orange, followed by yellow, light green, and finally, the darker green is for projects that are completed 80% and above.

It's so that you, the writer, can see at a glance how much progress you've made on your projects.

WriteOn Projects screen

From the Projects screen, tap on the applicable project. The Chapters screen will now appear and you'll see a list of all existing chapters along with each chapter's word count.

WriteOn Chapter screen

 

From the Chapter screen, tap on the Add button on the upper right corner. A dialogue box will appear, prompting you to enter a name for the chapter. You can leave it at chapter and the chapter number or you can add additional title information for the chapter. Then tap Add to save the new chapter.
 

WriteOn Add Chapter screen

When new chapters are added, they are assigned chapter numbers according to how many chapters exist in that project at that point in time.

If you had, for example, 25 chapters, but deleted chapters 11 through 15 (for a total of 5 chapters deleted), you would now have 20 chapters. The next chapter to be added would be chapter 21 even though 21 already exists

We hope to have a solution to this in our next build.

WriteOn Chapters screen

From the Chapter screen, tap on the relevant chapter title. The Edit Chapter screen will now appear. You can start typing immediately.

Chapter Edit screen

Tap on the relevant chapter title from the Chapters screen. The Edit Chapter screen will appear. From this screen, you can edit, delete, or write your chapter.

If you'd like to edit the chapter title, simply tap on the chapter title and edit. If the chapter title isn't showing, simply swipe down on the screen with one finger and the chapter title will appear.

WriteOn Edit Chapter screen

First, tap on the Actions button for the relevant project. The Actions button looks like a wrench on a round blue button. That will bring up the Actions dialogue box. Next, tap on the Edit Project tab.

The Edit Project screen will now appear. Edit the relevant details and tap Save.

WriteOn Actions screen

WriteOn Edit Project screen

Tap on the Action button for the relevant project. The Action button looks like a wrench on a round blue background. That will bring up the Actions dialogue box.

Next, tap on Send via E-mail and the iOS email dialogue box will appear. Fill in the To: email address of your choice and tap send. You can use the same email address for the To: box as you have used in the From: box. You will receive a copy of your project as an attachment in .txt format via email.

We are working on other backup options for future versions of this app.

WriteOn Actions dialogue box

WriteOn Email Copy

From the Projects screen, tap on the Actions button for the relevant writing project you want to share progress for. The Actions button looks like a wrench on a round blue background. This will bring up the Actions dialogue box.

Tap on Share Progress and the iOS Share dialogue will show up.

WriteOn Actions dialogue box

WriteOn Share Progress

From the Projects screen, tap on the Statistics button for the relevant project. The Statistics button looks like a graph on a round green background.

From the Statistics screen, you can see:

  • Project name.
  • Target due date for the project.
  • Target word count.
  • Opening balance for the project.
  • How many words have been written so far for this project.
  • How many words remain to be written in order to reach the target word count.
  • How many days you've written.
  • How many words per day you've written on average.
  • How many days until you've reached the target due date.
  • How many words you need to write each day until the target due date in order to reach your target word count.
  • Your project's percentage complete.

WriteOn Statistics screen

From the Statistics screen, tap on History in the upper right corner of the screen. That will bring you to the History screen.

In the history screen, you'll see a list by session which includes how many words you wrote during each writing session.

When you see negative numbers, words that were deleted exceeded the number of words written for that session.

WriteOn History screen

From the Projects screen, tap on the question mark on the upper left corner of the screen. That will bring you to the Help & Info screen.

From this screen, you can see which version of WriteOn is installed on your device; you can provide us, the app developers, feedback (including bugs and feature requests); you can access the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) for the WriteOn app; you can rate the app on the Apple iTunes store; and you can see more apps that we have developed, including other writing apps.

WriteOn Help & Info

1. Swipe from right to left with two fingers. The feedback system will be enabled and you'll be asked to either a. Report a bug or b. Send feedback. Select whichever is most relevant and follow the instructions.

2. From the Help & Info screen, tap on Feedback to be brought to a feedback form. Fill it in with your feedback.

Please provide as much detail as possible. The more information we have on bugs, the easier it is for us to replicate and then fix the bug. Please provide a valid email address so we can respond either to ask questions or to provide an answer.

WriteOne Help & Info

From the Projects screen, tap on the Help & Info button on the upper left corner. The Help & Info button looks like a question mark in a circule. The Help & Info screen will show up. Next, tap on FAQ.

WriteOn Help & Info screen

From the Projects screen, tap on the Help & Info button on the upper left corner. The Help & Info button looks like a question mark in a circule. The Help & Info screen will show up. Next, tap on Rate App! You'll be taken to WriteOn in the Apple iTunes store.

By rating our app, it will drive our apps further up in the rankings, which allows them to be more discoverable by others who might like to use our app.

If you find any bugs or have any feature requests, please use the Feedback option so we can improve WriteOn for you and our other users.

WriteOn Help & Info screen

From the Projects screen, tap on the Help & Info button on the upper left corner. The Help & Info button looks like a question mark in a circule. The Help & Info screen will show up. Next, tap on More Apps to be brought to our app listing on the iTunes store. There, you may find other useful and fun apps that you'd like to use.

WriteOn Help & Info screen

The free version of WriteOn limits you to one writing project. The paid version allows an unlimited number of writing projects. In all other ways, they are identical and the free version is feature complete.

It's pretty simple. You can watch a nine-second video we posted on Youtube.

The steps to follow are these:

  1. Make sure both WriteOn Lite (with your project) and WriteOn (the paid version) are installed on the same device.
  2. Start up WriteOn Lite.
  3. Tap the Wrench button beside your project.
  4. Tap the Export to Pro button.
  5. Watch as WriteOn (the paid version) opens up and your project appears in the project list.
  6. That’s it. There are no more steps.

We have the Youtube video and an image of the process on our website as well that you can look at.

A couple of notes.

  1. If you're bringing a large file into WriteOn, it may take a few seconds, please be patient.
  2. If WriteOn is open before you go into WriteOn Lite to do the export, the project may take longer to visually appear in the projects list in WriteOn. You can manually close WriteOn and restart and it will be there.
  3. The imported file will have a date and time stamp attached to the end of its name. This is so that you know when it was imported.
From the Help & Info screen, you should see a tab labelled, "Backup Project Data." Tap on that. A dialog box will appear.
 
The dialog you get is a standard iOS one and not one I (as a developer) have control over.
 
It simply shows you all the sharing options available for that type of data. I have attached a screenshot showing what I see when I do a backup. The first section is for sharing to another device close to you via AirDrop. That is normally not active unless you have Bluetooth and AirDrop enabled and have another device in the vicinity with Bluetooth and AirDrop enabled. So that should not be something you want to use unless you want to transfer the backup to another one of your devices.
 
The second section with "Messages", "Mail", "Add to Notes" etc. shows the apps installed on your device to which (or through which) you can send the backup. Here, you can use the "Mail" app, for example, to send a copy of the backup to yourself. If you do that, the backup will appear as an attachment and you can simply double-tap the attachment to have it open up in WriteOn (as long as you have WriteOn installed on that particular device) and have WriteOn prompt you to restore the backup.
 
The last section with "Save to Dropbox", "Add to iCloud Drive" etc. are system (iOS) options that are available depending on (again) the apps installed on your device. You can use one of those options (as you did) to send the backup to a specific service.
 

Please use the Bugs and Feature Suggestions button to report the crash or other bug. A file named info.json is automatically added to the email to give us some important information regarding the make and model of your device as well as which version of iOS and the WriteOn or WriteOn Lite app you're running. Please do NOT delete it.

Please provide as much information as possible, including indicating what you were doing at the time of the crash or when you experienced the bug.

We don't like bugs any more than you do. We want to eradict them as quickly as we can, and we need as much information as possible from you to make that happen.

If we need more information to track down the bug, we may email you, and we generally do so within 24 hours of receiving the email from you. Please check your spam folder.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

When you first start up the WriteOn application, the Projects screen is open. The Projects screen contains all the projects you've entered.

WriteOn iOS - Projects screen

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FAQs macOS

Version History iOS

Version 2.0 – 19 October 2019

  • Added ability to do basic text formatting – bold, italic, underline.
  • Added a feature where chapters you delete are not removed from the app but are instead sent to trash so that you can restore later.
  • Added an extracts feature where you can extract text from one chapter to be pasted into another.
  • Updated for the latest iOS version.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements.

Version 1.4.1 – 28 November 2016

  • Added setting to hide undo/redo bar to increase available screen space.
  • Added button to undo/redo bar to hide keyboard.

Version 1.4 – 20 November 2016

  • Added setting to auto-save current editing session after a given time interval.
  • Added ability to undo/redo changes in the editing view.

Version 1.3.1 – 29 October 2016

  • Possible fix for crashes seen by some users since upgrading to iOS 10.1.

Version 1.3 – 4 October 2016

  • Day and night modes added for the editing view.
  • Added automatic saving of work when exiting editing view without saving.
  • Added a hint view on first launch which explains new functionality.
  • Updated for iOS 10 and Swift 3.

Version 1.2 – 28 July 2016

  • Added the ability to receive exported data from the Lite version.
  • Added the ability to backup all projects and to later restore them.
  • Numerous updates, optimisations, and bug fixes

Version 1.1 – 11 November 2014

  • Added the ability to re-order chapters in your projects.
  • An interactive bar graph was added to the statistics view showing daily progress.
  • Added Dynamic Type support so that all text adjusts dynamically based the font size you’ve set.

Version 1.0.2 – 9 November 2014

  • Minor bug fixes and tweaks for a better user experience.

Version 1.0.1 – 30 October 2014

  • Fixed the project management screen not working under iOS 7.x.
  • Fixed FAQ upvotes and downvotes not working correctly.
  • Minor UI tweaks/fixes.

Version 1.0 – 19 October 2014

Initial release.

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Version History macOS

Version 2.0 – 18 October 2019

  • Added ability to do basic text formatting – bold, italic, underline.
  • Added a feature where chapters you delete are not removed from the app but are instead sent to trash so that you can restore later.
  • Added an extracts feature where you can extract text from one chapter to be pasted into another.
  • Updated for the latest iOS version.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements.

Version 1.0 – 28 October 2016

Initial release.

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