wwriteLite 7.1.0 Now Available

There is a new release of wwriteLite, version 7.1.0. This is a bug fix release that does include one tweak.

Tweaks

  • Requires iOS 14.4.
  • Twitter Support username changed to @wwritelite, The old username of @waynesworkshop will work as well.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue where “Always Show Ad” would not necessarily show an ad.
  • Fixed an issue where tapping on the “info” icon in an Ad would not show the ad information.

As usual, wwriteLite is free and available in the iOS App Store. If you download it and experience any issues feel free to contact support.

Announcing wwriteLite 7.0.0

There is a new version of wwriteLite now available. This is a big update with a number of new features. The biggest three are the support for Rich Text Files, a new re-arrange mode, and the ability to search.

Some other new features include localization support for Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. This includes localization for the ads as well. There are a couple of new settings, one that allows you to show ads, if you have purchased the “Remove Ads” in-app purchase, and the ability to disable searching of files.

There have also been some tweaks including a change to the default file name, an updated file format, a modified “About” screen, and an updated archive file name format.

There have also been a bunch of bugs fixed as well. The entire list of changes is outlined below.

wwriteLite is a free app with in-app purchases, including the “Space Icons” theme and the ability to remove ads.

New Features

  • Significant re-write of under the hood items. This should make it easier to add new features in the future.
  • File Names now have a new format, they are Universally Unique Identifiers (UUIDs) instead of previously generated file name format. Existing filenames are preserved.

Re-arrange Files Mode

  • Added the Ability to re-order files, and have their position remembered. This is done by tapping on the “Edit” button on the File List and then dragging and dropping the cells.
  • ‘Re-order mode’ will have a red border around the screen and you will not be able to click on files or add new files.
  • The “Edit” button will change into three lines and will be tinted red.

Spotlight Searching

  • Unlocked files will now appear in spotlight search.
  • You can disable all indexing within Settings.

Templates

  • Templates now support rich text, which is enabled all the time.
  • Added a “Randomize Template Colors” button that is available when creating a new template to provide a starting point.
  • Added a “Duplicate Template” button on the “Choose Template to Customize” screen. This allows you to clone your TPS report templates.

Localization

Added localizations for the following languages:

  • Dutch
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

If you see an issue with any of the localization, please contact support.

Other Changes

  • Expanded list of files types that can be imported. See the entire list in the new “Supported Files” screen in the About screen or in the Support Menu. If it is standard text file or a Rich Text File, it will likely be supported. If there is a file that you think should be supported, but is not, please contact support.
  • New Settings screen that is now in-app.
  • New setting to ‘Always show ads’. This will only be shown if you have the “Remove Ads” in-app purchase.
  • Added an “In App” Ads that will allow ads to direct you to specific sections of the app.
  • New Icon “Crazy Ones”.
  • Changed keyboard shortcuts for some items to not conflict with running wwriteLite on macOS.

Tweaks

  • Removed Drag and drop support for templates, because wwrite development has stopped and this feature is no longer needed.
  • Removed “Appearance” setting. The app now matches the system all the time.
  • Removed the keyboard shortcut for the Tools menu. Triggering it would not show the proper actions.
  • Removed “Erase all data” option. Deleting the app and re-installing accomplishes the same thing.
  • Updated Launch Screen to show a new image.
  • Ad info now appears in a popover when you tap on the information icon.
  • Added localization for the file name when importing or copying a file.
  • Adjusted shortcuts on About screen to make more sense.
  • New default file format.
  • Changed archive file names format.
  • Modified “Full Archive” to zip up entire documents folder, including existing archives.
  • Adjusted key command for import to be command + shift + i, to allow for using italics with command + i.
  • Adjusted “About” text to include the fact that Rich Text Files are now supported.
  • Current app version of “Change Log” will be highlighted.
  • Only the current and previous major version information will be shown in the Change Log.
  • Added “Last Modified” to the Customize Template screen.
  • Added localized strings to about screen.
  • Changed the Icon set name of “2020 Icons” to “2020s Icons”.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug where files on the Mac would presume they are locked, even when they were not.
  • Fixed a bug where handoff between devices would crash the app.
  • Fixed a bug where saving a template might cause the app to crash.Fixed a bug when selecting a font color in a template, the default font color was wrong.
  • Fixed a bug where deleting the last archive, and then creating an archive, would not re-enable the delete button.
  • Fixed issues with file list if the ability to lock/unlock was not present on device.
  • Fixed an issue where you could not unlock files that were previously locked if there is no authentication mechanism on the device.
  • Fixed bug that would cause some imported files not to be imported properly.
  • Fixed an issue where unavailable in-app purchases would appear in the app when running on a Mac with Apple silicon.
  • The app will no longer crash when trying to print.
  • Fixed “Delete Template” hint text.
  • Fixed a bug where the same screen may be shown in succession in the File List.

Ending Development and Support for wwrite

wwrite logo

There is a new version of wwrite available, version 6.3.0. This will be the final version of wwrite. After more than 10 1/2 years of development it is time to stop working on wwrite. There are a few reasons for this decision.

The first reason is that there is very little usage of the app. I could speculate on why only a few people use it, and I will, but the reality is that not many people use it. The first possible reason is that it is a paid up-front app, you cannot try it before purchasing. The app has always been this way. While it is only $0.99, there is a large contingent of people who are reluctant to purchase any apps these days. The second possible reason is that it is hard to search for the app. If you do a search for “wwrite” in the App Store, every other writing app will appear, but wwrite will not. This is due toApple presuming you mean “write”, and not “wwrite”. Therefore, so every other app comes up in the results. The app name has not never changed, it has been the same since its introduction in April of 2010. This is entirely on Apple, since they control the searching algorithm. I get that people make mistakes, but they really should show exact matches first. They do have a link to search just for “wwrite” instead, but nobody sees that because it is in a small font.

The next two reasons are interrelated. The next reason is that there is a more popular version, wwriteLite. This is a free app, but it is ad-supported with first party ads. As mentioned above, the free version is definitely more popular than a paid version. Similarly, maintaining two versions of the same app is duplicating work. Any feature that gets added to one app, outside of anything related to ads, gets added to the other app. Therefore, this creates additional work for me just to maintain the same app twice.

The last reason is somewhat related to the last two. In January of 2020, I added the ability to make in-app purchases to wwriteLite. At the time the only in-app purchase was to remove ads. The price of this is $0.99. The in-app purchase effectively makes wwriteLite into the exact same app as wwrite.

For all of these reasons, I have made the decision to stop working on wwrite. It is not one that I came to lightly. wwrite was my first iOS app and its is not easy to stop working on an app after so much time. However, practicality dictates the change. If people are not using it,

I hope that stopping support on wwrite will allow me to make some bigger changes with wwriteLite, ones that I have wanted to make for a while but have not as of yet. wwriteLite is not going away, and there is a new version of that app available.

wwrite should continue to work throughout iOS and iPadOS 14’s lifecycles. I am not sure if it will work in future versions of iOS and iPadOS. You can see the list of changes for the app below, or by checking out the change log.

If you have purchased wwrite at all in 2020, you can contact me to get a redemption code for the in-app purchase to remove ads from wwriteLite. Proof of purchase will be required for this. If you have purchased wwrite at all since it was initially released in 2010, thank you for using the app. I recommend using wwriteLite. So, give it a try, it is free after all.

Version 6.3.0 Changes

New Features

  • Final release of wwrite.
  • Added one-time alert for end of development. This is also avaiable in the “About” screen.

Tweaks

  • Removed Feature Request menu option.
  • Removed Contact support via email and twitter menu options.
  • Removed Submit Review button on About screen.
  • Remove ability to make in-app purchases, but you can restore existing in-app purchases.
  • Removed wwrite from being able to run on Macs with an M1 chip.

wwriteLite 6.3.0 is now available

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A new version of wwriteLite is available, version 6.3.0. This version makes a few changes.

New Features

  • There is now a dedicated domain for the app, wwritelite.app.
  • The API urls have all been updated to use the new domain.

These changes should be transparent, but in case something is not working properly.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug where the app would crash when clicking on the Tools -> Support -> Twitter.

Tweaks

  • The date and time labels for a file should no longer wrap by default.

If you have any issues be sure to use the Tools -> Support button and either email or reach out on twitter. As has been the case with the previous updates, this is free for all users running iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, or a Mac with an M1 chip running macOS Big Sur. You can download it from the App Store.