Craft App - A New Way to Write

Craft App - A New Way to Write
As Editor for the Digital Art and Design section of BellaOnline, I do a lot of research before writing each tutorial or article. I've been using Scrivener for years to write and organize my articles/tutorials, but recently, I decided to see if there were any new "apps for that". Craft is a new document editor app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Craft was recently released, on November 2020, and has both free and pro versions. When it comes to organizing and accessing research, Craft does a good job, using nested and linked blocks, pages and subpages. The system works much like a website. The first page of your document works like the Index or front page of a website. On a website, the Index page contains several links which lead to other webpages. It works the same way in Craft. This linking of nested content makes it easy to work on related content.

As you can see from the graphic above, which is a screenshot of the Craft dashboard, Craft has the basic gray workspace but everything else that you add to your page, such as icons, images, videos and cards, is very colorful. I especially liked that I can include my document's featured image at the top of the document page. And when I move from the document to the dashboard, this Cover Image makes it easy to find that document again.

Keeping to the principle that "visual content is a first class citizen", Craft easily and beautifully integrates text, images and video together (see screenshot). Did you notice the word "card or cards"? Cards are small blocks of content. These cards work like little "widgets". When you click on a card, you can view the entire content linked to that card. Of course, you have several options for styling these cards (see screenshot).

Believe it or not, the last of my requirements, offline storage, was the hardest to find, as most of the "document editing apps" that I reviewed are all about working online and collaborating with others. That means you need to store your content online for easy access to all. However, Craft is one of only a few apps that allow you to save your content to your hard drive and add or edit those pages locally. In fact, Craft has an External Locations feature the let's you specify where you want you files to be stored. Finally, you can export your files in several formats, including Email, MS Word(DocX), TextBundle, PDF, Print and Markdown.

Researching and writing is fast and easy, as Craft takes advantage of the newest Apple technology. So, I think I'll make the switch from Scrivener to Craft. Check out the video and links below. When you visit the webpages, notice that each webpage has those nesting and linking features.

Your Data is Yours
https://www.craft.do/s/5EYqvXdOUIrNu5

Offline Storage
https://www.craft.do/s/vu0kBsrwCYJQrn

Introducing Craft for iPhone, iPad, and Mac
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD665WBmGhs

Craft Website
https://www.craft.do/

Welcome to Craft!
https://www.craft.do/welcome

Getting Started Guide
https://www.craft.do/s/gy4OMeABSTIlUw

Craft screenshots used by permission of Luki Labs Ltd.





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