Six Essential iPad Apps For WordPress Bloggers
A couple of years ago, I would never have considered using an iPad as my primary blogging tool. But since the release of iOS 7 and its significantly improved integration between apps and the more powerful hardware of the iPad Air line, I’ve found it — when coupled with an external keyboard — to be perfectly adequate as a minimalist but fully functional blogging environment for use with WordPress. It still has rough edges and is occasionally awkward and frustrating, but those problems are easily offset by the ability to leave my laptop behind when I want to blog away from home.
In this article, I’m going to discuss six applications that I use in my iPad blogging workflow. You’ll notice the conspicuous absence of the WordPress iOS application, which is certainly usable if it suits your needs, but, for me at least, there are better tools.
First up, of course, is a text editor. When I’m wiring on my Mac, Byword is my text editor of choice, and its iOS version is equally impressive. It has everything I want in a text editor for writing: a minimalist environment, a very useful keyboard extension, elegant Markdown support, and WordPress integration so that I can publish directly to WordPress or simply push my drafts for later revision in the WordPress web interface.
Byword is my favorite, but it’s far from the only option.Editorialis an extremely powerful text editor with a full Python interpreter built in, which makes it extraordinarily flexible. If you want to learn more about Editorial, there’s no better source of information thanMacStories’ FedericoViticci, who uses it to write all of his articles.
Transmit is a full-featured and beautiful FTP application for iOS. Prior to iOS7, my main problem with using an iPad for blogging was the lack of a way to manage files remotely. With Transmit, I can easily upload images to an S3 bucket or even FTP into my WordPress site and make quick theme edits.
Workflow is difficult to describe; it’s essentially an automation tool that can string together sets of actions. Examples of what if can do include: creating gifs from image collections, URL expansion and shortening, scripted text editing, and image resizing. It integrates with dozens of applications and enables users to tie them together in unique ways.
For me, Pixelmator is far and away the best image editor available for the iPad. It’s not Photoshop, but most of the time, I don’t need Photoshop. Pixelmator brilliantly handles cropping, resizing, color adjustments, retouching, and the application of an extensive set of filters.
The list wouldn’t be complete without an RSS reader, and Unread is the most elegantly designed and easy to navigate RSS app I’ve encountered. I go through hundreds of articles in a week while I research ideas for blog articles, and Unread makes it a pleasure rather than a chore.
I’m willing to be you’re already familiar with Evernote. I use it as a repository for everything I need to remember: article ideas, research, outlines, and sometimes I even write my blog articles in Evernote.
These are the six apps I think every iPad blogger should be using, but I’m going to mention three extras that I use daily:Twitterrificis my Twitter client of choice,Pocketis an excellent Read Later service, and every useful link I come across ends up inPinboardvia its brilliant iOS clientPinner.
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