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Byword: Mac writing tool that let’s you focus on words

Byword is the ideal Mac writing tool if you just want to focus on words. There are versions for OS X (US$12.99 in the Mac app store) and iOS (US$4.99 in the iTunes app store). This review looks at the Mac version. The key to Byword and the reason it is ideal for focusing on…

My iPad, my accidental typewriter

As Robin Williams’ book title says: The Mac is not a typewriter. On the other hand, Apple’s iPad might be. My iPad links to an Apple Wireless Keyboard and runs iA Writer. This combination gives me the closest thing I’ve seen in 25 years of computing to an old-school manual typewriter. For a journalist that’s a good thing. Typewriter…

The Mac still isn’t a typewriter

For most of the 1980s and 1990s an Apple Macintosh was my home computer. I chose a Mac mainly because of its elegance and its ability to produce beautiful print documents. At the time Windows and IBM PC computers were still in the dark ages. Early Macs had another advantage. They came with solid keyboards able…