Watch any science fiction movie or show and you will see a common thread – touch screens and tablets are pervasive. Physical keyboards are nowhere to be found. Today, most people’s primary computing device is the phone in their pocket or purse, and that trend seems likely to continue and to escalate.
I happily use my MacBook Air daily for my web design boot camp, podcast editing for my church, recording, and other tasks. But my primary computers are my iPad Air 2 and, to a lesser extent, my iPhone. They are always with me (yes, my iPad too), and are terrific tools for the way I write and manage data. As such, I have decided to intentionally use my iPad as my primary blogging tool whenever possible. I am typing this post on the iPad using the standard iOS keyboard.
Here are three of the tools I use to accomplish this…
- Google Docs. I now draft in Docs, and am getting used to this part of my workflow. I used to use Evernote for drafting and idea curation, but am transitioning my use of Evernote to more data curation and automated data archiving (via IFTTT). I’m sceptical of Evernote’s long term viability, but that is a topic for another post. I have created folders in Drive for posts in various stages of completion.
- WordPress. Ship the finished product.
- Adobe Post. This is a new tool that I really like. It creates word pictures with a great UI. Right now it’s iPhone only, but hopefully they will make an iPad version soon. For now, I create a graphic on my iPhone and AirDrop it to my iPad.
So there you have it. I believe touchscreen typing and tools are here to stay, and I am doing my best to incorporate them into my workflow.