Once I bought the keyboard, however, I started to think about my writing again. I began downloading apps every chance I got, picking up note taking/writing apps, such as SuperNote, Evernote, Springpad, and Catch. While I enjoy each of these apps and the ASUS came with Polaris Office, there are three specific apps that I've been using a lot and that help me to get my story ideas (and the actual stories) down on paper.
In my initial foray into working on a story, my mind is scattered. As such, writing linearly doesn't suit me. I need something visual, something I can move, something that shows me my idea and not just shows me the text.
I'm currently using Mindjet to see a collection of stories I'm hoping to start writing soon. Using this app allows me to see what my central point is and to see how each bracket added to the tree connects back to that point. It also helps me when I'm developing academic works. I pop the thesis idea into the center and branch out into points I want to cover and then branch out again with sources and comments.
As the Mindjet site states, you can organize ideas, track tasks, and map plans with the app. It's definitely worth the investment.
This particular application just seems to follow me wherever I go. Even with my beloved Scrivener for Windows on my laptop, I still come back to OneNote from time to time to get my notebook fix.
As the image above shows, there are buttons for recent notes, quick notes, and quick photo notes, and you're able to create bulleted lists, highlight text, and make checkboxes. Additional OneNote Mobile features include the ability to store and access multiple OneNote notebooks, sync to your free SkyDrive account for access anywhere, access your notes offline, edit tables, and support external hyperlinks.
I've used the OneNote app recently to view material I've been writing and collecting for various parts of my dissertation. No matter how digitized I become, the notebook--digital or tangible--will always be used by me.
Although I can easily connect to my laptop remotely from my Transformer, the idea of not having to remotely sync up and still get to use Word excites me, so you can imagine the smile that grew on my face when I learned about OnLive Desktop. When you login to OLD, your screen has a PC desktop interface.
There are several OLD plans, ranging from free OLD Standard and $4.99 a month OLD Plus to OL Enterprise and OL Collaborative Services. With all of the plans, you receive PC Microsoft Office with cloud storage, instant-action, media-rich Windows 7 cloud desktop, and Adobe Flash. Additional services are added depending on how much you're willing to pay for a plan.
What excited me more than anything about all of it was just my ability to actually use comments and tracked changes in Word. Even though I use my tablet mostly for entertainment and creative projects, I've wanted the opportunity to edit clients' works from the tablet if necessary. I know there are other apps out there that might allow me to use comments and something like tracked changes, but there is nothing like using what you know, and I know Word. And it knows my tablet through OnLive.
Recently, however, there have been reports that all may not be sunshine and rainbows with OnLive. Several sites [here, here, and here] have stated Microsoft reports that OnLive Desktop Office streaming app may violate licensing agreements. Whereas there seems to be hope that OLD will work out this issue with Microsoft, the resolution is still up in the air. Thankfully, there are plenty of great writing apps for Android if OLD disappears...and I'll be out there looking for the next, best one.