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Daedalus Touch – Text Editor for iCloud

By The Soulmen GbR

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“My Favorite iPad Text Editor.” – Charlie Sorrel, WIRED
“A purist and minimalist’s dream.” – Jennifer Allen, 148Apps
“It’s a killer app, and a welcome addition to my writing life.” – Zach LeBar, iPad.AppStorm

Daedalus Touch is the first truly next-gen text editor on iOS. No file lists, no folders, no documents in the classic sense – just paper stacks and an infinite amount of sheets. You navigate by standard gestures, all perfectly mapped and matched to the tasks at hand.

Interacting with digital texts never felt so natural: Flick through pages by swiping left and right, reorder stacks and sheets via drag’n’drop, use tap to open, pinch to close, and select multiple sheets for export with simple taps.

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The basic version fully utilizes iCloud to keep your texts updated across all of your devices. It’s also tightly integrated with Ulysses for OS X, so you can edit all your texts on the desktop. A simple export facility lets you print and send emails from within the app.

For advanced functionality, several in-app purchases are available:

1) Full synchronization via Dropbox, and WebDAV, including the option to import .txt and .md files into Daedalus.

2) File export, creating TXT-, PDF-, RTF- and ePub-files with Markdown conversion. Files can be sent as attachments or opened in other apps installed on your device.

3) Additional color themes and the option to use any font you want.

4) All of the above in one complete package.

Please note that users who purchased Daedalus prior to 1.7 will get the full version at no additional cost. Free lunch.

Create, share and synchronize your writings in a beautiful, inspiring environment. Daedalus Touch completely ditches the technical aspects of current-gen text editors and word processors in favor of a natural, fully realized paper stack metaphor.

- Stacks and sheets instead of folders and files.
- Manual sorting of stacks and sheets (no, really).
- Always-on global search. Modeless match highlighting; result stepper.
- Responsive editor, even for large texts (20.000 words and more).
- Highly configurable extra keyboard row, including Fwd-Del and Tab.
- Character- and word count.
- Built-in support for TextExpander touch.
- Built-in web browser to quickly look up or post stuff on the internet (iPad only)
- Support for x-callback-url (Drafts, Launch Center pro etc.).
- Full iCloud sync and backup.
- Export via email and iTunes sharing

- Manual sync with Dropbox, and/or WebDAV; import folders, set remote sync-folders, sync single stacks, set cloud services on-the-fly.
- File export via email and iOS' “Open in…” service.
- Unlimited font choices, four different color choices (including a “night” mode for writing at… well, night).
- Support for all common Markdown extensions such as .md, .mdown and .markdown.
- Option to process Markdown when exporting to ePub or PDF.

- Universal app, runs on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
- Built for iOS 7.

What's New in Version 1.7.1

The Patent Pretending™ Edition, © 2014

- New icon (based on work by Forrest McKinney)
- Changes to the button row are now correctly preserved (first mention of the bug by Harshil Shah on December 20th via Twitter)
- Fixed some problems with In-App Purchases, in particular restoring purchases (prior art: Fixed some problems with iCloud, in particular iCloud restoring stacks and sheets)
- Improved launch time (if you want this in your app, please don’t contact us for license information)
- Fonts can now be downloaded from within the built-in browser (devs, you should copy this, our users are loving it)
- Fixed some nasty editor crashes (according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the term “nasty” is of unknown origin)
- Fixed a crash when selecting a sync folder (non-obvious, but failed the point of novelty test)
- Minor localization fixes, such as button truncation (see Robert Bringhurst’s “Elements of Typographic Style”, for information on proper use of ellipses)


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Customer Reviews

Great gear

This is on my first page on my iPhone now, and that takes some commitment! Take the time with the turorials on how to use it and you won't look back. The App name...whatever. It's great anyway

Reading mode on iphone.

A bit peeved. You've had the good sense to allow full-screen reading mode on the iPad, why do iphone users only get edit mode with keyboard?

* full screen-width reading mode;
* full markdown support for preview/reading mode, not just export; and
* landscape support for navigation, reading/preview.

Otherwise, nice app.

Minimalist. Instinctual. Perfect for the iPad.

I've been using Daedalus consistently for the past month so I think a review is due. I paid for the in-app purchase within an hour of downloading the app --that's how much I liked it-- and my sentiments towards Daedalus haven't changed since. In fact, it now holds a spot in my iPad's dock, a place I traditionally reserved for Apple's stock apps (I liked the uniform appearance, haha). With that said, I *do* strongly wish they kept the old app icon but oh well, it's not the first time I've been surprised with a new app button.

The UI is gorgeous and navigation is pretty instinctual. I'm not really a fan of folders so swiping through "stacks of paper" is a lovely alternative.

The ability to change the symbols that appear in the button row above the keyboard is a great resource. Being able to custom tailor the feature puts Daedalus' offering above their competitors, in my opinion. Each button can be assigned up to two symbols (for example, an open quotation mark and a closed one) which has been really valuable. As an avid writer, I make copious use of quotation marks. Having both available without sacrificing two buttons for the corresponding symbols is very efficient. This particular feature works like a charm.

Earlier on, I encountered an issue with iCloud syncing and received a fantastic response from the support team. Very fast to respond and they were very helpful.

One small gripe is that sometimes the app is unresponsive when you're dragging the vertical bar to a specific location, and the autocorrect can occasionally be quite... creative. However, by large, these are small issues that I barely notice most of the time.

Overall, Daedalus is a great looking app that functions well. It's definitely a keeper for me.

Daedalus Touch – Text Editor for iCloud
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.29
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: 14 January 2014
  • Version: 1.7.1
  • Size: 7.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
  • Seller: The Soulmen GbR

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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  1. All-In-One Pack$4.99
  2. Sync Services Pack$3.79
  3. Export Pack$2.49
  4. Fonts and Themes Pack$2.49

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