For All Writers: Mac writing applications you didn’t know about

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Ever since Microsoft Word was developed in the late 90’s, it seems like everyone has been using Word to do anything with writing. Despite the expensive price, Schools and even businesses have required people to use Word for the past two decades. However, powerful Microsoft Word could not satisfy all writer’s needs. Yet it was because they didn’t have to. There are dozens of Mac applications that people are probably not aware of that have its own special features for specific writing purposes. Therefore, we’ve picked out  few of the best writing applications available for various purposes, to provide you options other than Microsoft Word.

For Bloggers: BYWORD

Price: $9.99

For all bloggers, this is the best application that helps you saves time and work more efficiently. Whether you’re writing for Tumblr, WordPress, or Blogger, this application helps you publish without having to copy and paste your writing into the site. In addition, you can directly send your writing to your Evernote account. The application does not offer  many customization options, however for people who do a lot of writing on the web, this is the most efficient application available.  (http://bywordapp.com)

For ScreenWriters: FINAL DRAFT

Price: $249.95

Although the price may startle you, this application is a screen writer’s best pal. The application comes with auto-formatting, multi-pane view and numerous templates, allowing screenwriters to produce the best screenplay possible. However it takes time and effort to get your head around the application. In other words, if you’re not a big time screenwriter yet, or you don’t have the money to spare, save the application on your wish list. (www.finaldraft.com)

For Researchers: SCRIVENER

Price: $45

Scrivener is the best piece of software for researchers or anyone writing a long article with multiple sources. It’s unique and powerful features include the cork board, which displays your documents in a outline view, the sidebar, where you can keep all kinds of sources in a folder. It’s like having a big virtual office. However, bear in mind that with the numerous capabilities and options, the application takes a while to learn. Just the tutorial is an hour long. But Scrivener is what you need if you have a complex piece of writing to handle. (www.literatureandlatte.com)

For Novelists: STORYIST

Price: $59

Some people might prefer to write novels using Microsoft Word or Pages but this application was made for the job.The application only has features that a novelist would need. The application has a color coded outliner, automator support, and work can be saved in to .docx or .rtf files. Furthermore, when you’re done with your work, the application is prepped to send it off to your editor. (http://storyist.com)