When the iPad was announced in March 2010, I immediately had an idea for an app. As most apps tend to, it comes from the developer’s personal need for the app. In my case it was a note-taking app; specifically one that would allow you to use templates. Hence the creation of wwrite. In the first four years of the app, there were 11 releases; 1.0 to 2.1.3. If you have been following along with the site for a while, you may have noticed that my apps went on an unintentional hiatus from June of 2014 to May of 2017. Since May of 2017 there have been 4 releases, and now there is a fifth. In the entire history of the app there have been many changes, but the latest is the largest in history.
The biggest change that most people will notice is the icon. The icon has been completely redesigned, but it still hints at the original. If you do not like the new icon, do not fret, you can switch back the old icons. Along with the two icons there are also 13 additional colors to choose from. To coincide with the colors, the color on the controls will also change to a corresponding color. In some cases they are the exact same, in others they may be a different shade.
The other thing that users may notice is that the name of “wwriteFree” has been changed to “wwriteLite”. Even though the name has been changed, do not fret, it still has feature parity with wwrite. As with all past past updates, these are free updates for all users.
wwrite 4.0 and wwriteLite 4.0 are significant updates and they include the following:
– All new icons.
– Added new “Auto Save” options, under “App Settings” that will automatically save your files. This is enabled on a file-by-file basis by swiping from right to left.
– Added Handoff between devices for files. The files in their current state are copied over to the receiving device.
– Added a “Review” button in the “About” screen.
– You can now choose your preferred App Icon. Also accessible by using the key combination command-i.
– In order to lock any files you must have Face ID or Touch ID authentication enabled. This is available on a file-by-file basis and is enabled by swiping from the left on the file.
– You will be prompted to authenticate when opening a locked file, including after switching apps.
– Locked files cannot be handed off.
– Locked files cannot be deleted. You have to unlock in order to allow deletion.
– Locked files will not work with Drag & Drop.
– Requires iOS 12.
– Added Save Button to be shown all the time on all devices.
– Date and time formats now match the user’s chosen locale.
– Email Archives is now just “Archives”, with the ability to delete archives from the screen.
– Selected file now has a prominent border to be able to easily distinguish it.
– Modified the “New From Template” keyboard shortcut (command-shift-n), to only be available when user has at least one template configured.
– Added command-e keyboard shortcut to email file.
– Added command-p key combination to print the current file.
– Added command-s key combination to save template when customizing it.
– Fixed FAQs button not working.
– Fixed issue with last file not always being loaded.
– Fixed bug if you were emailing archives, choosing a template to customize, or customizing a templates, minimized the app there was nothing you could do other than close the app.
– Fixed layout issue when customizing templates in landscape on an iPhone.
– Update zipping library to latest version.