Late last fall, Macworld reviewed the first release of WriteRoom, an über-notes app that offered font and workspace customization and the option to use a Web browser to edit documents stored on your iPhone.
In the ensuing 10 months since we last looked at WriteRoom, the app has seen a major update. New to WriteRoom 2 is a revamped fullscreen mode that’s even fuller than before. Swipe your fingers across the screen, like you’re zooming in on a picture, and you’ll lose the current document’s title bar and the iPhone’s status bar, giving you an extra three lines of visible text on the screen.
There’s also a new search tool that lets you search for and find every document that contains your search text. Finally, WriteRoom 2 has added true synching capabilities via a Google Apps engine-based service called WriteRoom.ws. While this service is still in beta, it offers synching, Web-based document editing, storage, revisioning tools, a tool for resolving conflicts between different versions of synched documents, and the ability to edit documents on your phone or desktop computer without requiring Wi-Fi access.
My only complaint about WriteRoom is the ease with which you can accidentally delete a document while using the program’s Actions menu. An accidental tap can wipe a document off your phone, with no warning at all when all you intended to do was e-mail, rename, or check the document’s statistics.
WriteRoom 2 is compatible with any iPhone and iPod touch running the iPhone 3.0 software update.
[Jeffery Battersby is a writer and IT Manager for a New York-based law firm.]