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Ideal Word Processor for iPad

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Working on an article about the problems I’ve been having writing on my iPad, but for now here’s a list of what my ideal word processor would be able to do, for my reference as much as anything else:
Key: features currently on the following apps: D2G = Documents to Go, QO = QuickOffice, P = Pages

  • Arrow keys work on external keyboard (a surprising oversight on Docs2Go and QuickOffice) – P
  • Command keys work on external keyboard (Cmd-I for italic, Cmd-B for bold, etc.) – None (though P has some cmd key implementation, not those most obvious ones)
  • Dropbox sync – D2G QO (documents can be imported into P, but not exported or synchronized)
  • Split screen mode for viewing multiple documents, multiple parts of single document – none
  • OpenOffice ODT compatibility – none
  • Full selection of fonts – P D2G

Those are the main things I can think of.

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June 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm

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Chabon’s Parade of Similes

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Reading The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon. One of his great skills as a writer is the ability to turn a good simile or metaphor, and he clearly enjoys creating them, however sometimes he can get a little carried away. Consider the following passage from page 172:

He rides down in the elevator feeling as if he has stepped out from under the onrushing shadow of a plummeting piano, some kind of jazzy clangor in his ear. The knot of his gold-and-green rep necktie presses its thumb against his larynx like a scruple pressing against a guilty conscience, a reminder that he is alive. His hat is as glossy as a seal.

The sentences, three similes, all in a row. And they’re wonderful similes (though I’m not sure what his hat being glossy has to do with much), and the first has a wonderful subordinate clause that makes the comparison much more vivid (“some kind of jazzy clangor in his ear”). But I can’t help but feel a little simile fatigue when I read so many in a row, and think perhaps the second two sentences could have been simply struck out.

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June 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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