Good text editor lacking in key iOS 8 features

Wordbox won’t replace your default iOS Notes app, but it will allow you to quickly write and post HTML content with ease.

It has support for Markdown (simplified text entry in order to create HTML documents), a built-in Flesky keyboard, Dropbox sync support and useful archive options. It also lets you share your work to several social blogging networks from within the app.

However, the lack of iOS 8 support (you can’t backup to iCloud or use third-party keyboards) severely takes away from the user experience. Wordbox isn’t a bad text editor, but any future updates will definitely need to be thoughtful about the latest iOS advances in order to be worth our time.

 

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Wordbox is good for longer form writing (pictures)

Managing documents

Upon first launch of the app you’re presented with a series of stories and random fairy tales. These files are nothing more than placeholders, demonstrating how you can interact with the various documents.

Archiving a document is done with a swipe to the left, long-press to favorite a document (creating a shortcut atop the screen) or swipe to the right to move it to a different folder. Creating a folder is done by long-pressing on the plus sign, the same button you use to create a new text document.

The system for managing your documents is intuitive and easy to figure out. Hints pop-up along the way to guide you through various tasks (such as holding down the plus sign to create a folder), which I found helpful without being too overbearing.

Syncing documents

The only syncing option you have for accessing documents on other devices is Dropbox. You might be wondering why you can’t just use iCloud Drive. Wordbox has still not been updated with support for iOS 8 so iCloud Drive is unavailable in the app.

Dropbox is a perfectly good alternative, but the process for adding Dropbox sync is confusing. After granting Wordbox authorization to your Dropbox account, you have to select a folder for the app to sync with. The only problem is, the interface doesn’t tell you that fact. Instead, it shows you a list of your current folders, which gives the impression you can access your entire Dropbox account from within the app. Just be aware that you cannot — you have to select a folder for Wordbox to use.

I would much prefer Wordbox to create its own folder in Dropbox, as most third-party apps do. This eliminates the confusing experience when connecting the services, and eliminates the need for the app to create folders named “imported files.” A name that leads to more confusion, as you have no idea who or what imported those files.

Start writing

As previously mentioned, creating a new text file is simple: launch the app, tap on the plus sign and start typing.

Sitting just above the iOS keyboard are a series of shortcuts to enhance the typing experience. A shortcut to indent, format, insert photos and quickly copy or paste items streamline frequently used commands that would normally require multiple interactions.

Markdown syntax, for those unfamiliar, offers simplified text entry in order to create HTML documents. For example, you can bold a word by putting an asterisk on each end instead of using HTML code.