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  • wwriteLite 8.3.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 8.3.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite has been in development for almost 14 years. Over that time there have been many changes. The app has gone from being a very basic text editor, to now having a significant number of features, including templates, writing prompts, one word prompts, and even rich text file support.

    wwriteLite 8.3.0 is probably one of the biggest updates thus far, and it includes only a few features, but they are big ones. The new features include:

    • Saved Prompts
    • Prompt Searching
    • Saved Prompt Syncing
    • File and Template Syncing

    Let us look at each of these in turn, starting with Saved Prompts.

    Saved Prompts

    Version 8.0 of wwriteLite introduced “One Word Prompts” and “Writing Prompts”. Now, with 8.3.0 you can save any of the prompts. This is done by opening up the One Word or Writing prompt screen and then tapping on the “star” icon. This will save the prompt.

    You can then go back and look at your Saved Prompts by performing the following steps:

    1. On the File List screen, tap on the “+” button.
    2. Tap on the “Prompts” menu.
    3. Tap on “Saved Prompts”.

    Here you can tap on any of your saved prompts and it will create a new file with the saved prompt.

    Prompt Searching

    Also new is that the ability to search One Word Prompt, Writing Prompts, or even your saved prompts. This is done by swiping down from one of the prompt screens to perform a search. This is only available on devices running iOS 15 or later, or macOS Monterey or later.

    Saved Prompt Syncing

    In addition to being able to saving prompts, you can enable Saved Prompt syncing by performing the following:

    1. Tap on Tools.
    2. Tap on Settings.
    3. Scroll down to “Syncing”.
    4. Tap on “Enable Saved Prompt Syncing”.

    Saved Prompt syncing must be enabled on each device. Saved Prompt data is stored in iCloud and only you have access to your saved prompts.

    File and Template Syncing

    Similar to Saved Prompt syncing, you can now enable syncing of your files between devices. The steps to enable File and Template syncing are similar to that of Saved Prompts. The steps are:

    1. Tap on Tools.
    2. Tap on Settings.
    3. Scroll down to “Syncing”.
    4. Tap on “Enable File and Template Syncing”.

    Just as with Saved Prompt syncing, you will need to enable File and Template syncing on each of your devices. As with Saved Prompts, your Files and Templates are stored in iCloud and only you will have access to your files and template.

    This covers all of the new features with wwriteLite 8.3.0. Syncing has been a long time coming and it is now here.

    You can view the full change log on the wwriteLite website. As usual, wwriteLite 8.3.0 is a free update and is available as a free download.

  • Site and App 2021 Year in Review

    I do not normally do a yearly “recap” blog post, for the site, but I thought I would do so for this year. It’s been an interesting year for the site and the Here are some statistics.


    Posts

    Total number of posts: 193
    Number of non-‘availability’ posts: 70 (including this one).
    Number of Reviews: 12, which is an average of one a month.

    Total Word Count (not including “availability” posts): 81,704 / average of 1,167.20 words

    Average Word Count: 1166.80 words per post
    Number of “Availability” posts: 123

    • AirTag: 13
    • iPad Pro: 10
    • iPhone 100

    Page Views

    Total Page Views from 2016 to 2021:

    • 2021: 13,860 / 37.97 per day
    • 2020: 9,594 / 26.21 per day
    • 2019: 13,475 / 36.91 per day
    • 2018: 11,573 / 31.71 per day
    • 2017: 29,126 / 79.80 per day
    • 2016: 34,166 / 93.35 per day

    Most popular post: Account Locked after updating macOS Big Sur – 3,933 views
    Most Popular Review: A Review of the 5th Generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro – 809 views


    Book Statistics

    I don’t normally post about how well my books sell, but here are those statistics: Total Books sold from 2019 to 2021:

      2021 2020 2019 Total
    Apple 322 475 561 1,358
    Amazon 48 130 251 427
    Paperback (B&W) 21 32 115 166
    Hardcover/Color Paperback 0 8 10 18
    Total 391 645 937 1,973

    I’m not sure why I sold significantly fewer books this year as opposed to previous years, but that seems to be the case. I am not sure if it just that I have not been linked from other sites, or if I did not promote my books well enough, or if it is because I only wrote one book this year instead of two so people presumed I did not write a book this year. It is also entirely possible that is for another reason that I could not think of. 

    I hope next year’s book sales will be higher, closer to 2019’s numbers.


    App Statistics

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    App Updates: 9, with an average of 34 days between each release. Here are the new downloads of wwriteLite per year:

    • 2021: 69
    • 2020: 56
    • 2019: 66
    • 2018: 136
    • 2017: 101
    • 2016: 132

    There are some big changes coming in the next update to the app. So if you want to be one of the first to get access to the features, go and sign up for the TestFlight.


    Closing Thoughts

    Overall 2021 was not too bad for the site, app, and books. Of course I would have preferred to have sold a few more copies of the books, and had a few more downloads of my app, but alas, it is what it is. I hope the numbers improve for next year, but only time will tell on that.

    What kind of content did you enjoy? What would you like to see covered that was not? What would you like to see changed? Let me know via twitter.


  • wwriteLite 8.0.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 8.0.0 Now Available

    I have released a new version of my app, wwriteLite, version 8.0.0. This new version has a few new features, most notably the new “Prompts” feature. There are two types of prompts, “One Word Prompts” and “Writing Prompts”.

    One Word Prompts

    The “One Word” prompt is also aptly named in that it will provide you with a new word to provide a prompt. There is a new word every day. Some examples include: 

    • drip
    • scratch
    • fly

    Every effort has been made to not have duplicates, but it is possible that there will be some along the way. 

    Writing Prompts

    Writing Prompts is a prompt with a new one being shown every week. As the name implies, it provides a writing prompt. Some examples are: 

    • Think about the best vacation you have taken and write about why it is your favorite.
    • Write about your favorite childhood toy.
    • Write a story about living as part of King Arthur’s entourage.

    Widgets

    Both prompt types can be added as a widget in either the Today View (on iOS, iPadOS, or macOS) or it can be placed on one of your home screens (iOS or iPadOS). 

    As always, wwriteLite is a free update. There is an additional icon pack called “Fruit” that you can purchase. It is $0.99, like the other icon packs, “Space”.

    You can check out the full change log for the app. You can also download it from the App Store.

  • wwriteLite version 7.2.3 Now Available

    wwriteLite version 7.2.3 Now Available

    There is a new version of wwriteLite available, version 7.2.3. This is a minor bug fix that fixes an issue where the “Sun” icon would not be shown as available in the list of app icons.

    As always this is a free update to wwriteLite and it is available now. You can view the full list of changes by checking out the Change Log on the wwriteLite website.

    Version 7.2.2 Notes

    Another minor bug update. This time it fixes an issue where the platform would be detected properly.

    Version 7.2.1 Notes
    This is a minor bug fix that fixes an issue where you could not see the Markdown Preview text when using Dark mode and when the file being previewed is not using a template.

    Version 7.2.0 Notes
    It looks like Bill Lumbergh and Dom Portwood have finally decided to jump into the 21st century. They have decided that all TPS reports needs to be submitted in Markdown for easy conversion to HTML so they can be viewed on the Initech, LLC intranet, called Ininet. Therefore, wwriteLite now needs to be able to support Markdown.

    With version 7.2.0, you can now write Markdown, preview it by tapping on the Document icon in the toolbar. Once you have previewed your markdown you can import a CSS file from the Document Picker or via URL. Once used, the file will be downloaded and stored so you can use it on other files as well. You may also delete the CSS files by tapping on the “trash” icon in the menu bar.

    Also added in this version is a new “Open Source” screen which lists the open source libraries used within wwriteLite. This is accessed via the “About” screen.

    There is one tweak as well, the “Drag” icon has been removed and replaced with the Markdown Preview.

  • wwriteLite 7.2.2 Now Available

    wwriteLite 7.2.2 Now Available

    There is an update to wwriteLite, to version 7.2.2. This is another minor bug fix. This time it fixes an issue where the platform would be detected properly.

    As always this is a free wwriteLite and it is available now. You can view the full list of changes by checking out the Change Log on the wwriteLite website.

    Version 7.2.1 Notes
    This is a minor bug fix that fixes an issue where you could not see the Markdown Preview text when using Dark mode and when the file being previewed is not using a template.

    Version 7.2.0 Notes
    It looks like Bill Lumbergh and Dom Portwood have finally decided to jump into the 21st century. They have decided that all TPS reports needs to be submitted in Markdown for easy conversion to HTML so they can be viewed on the Initech, LLC intranet, called Ininet. Therefore, wwriteLite now needs to be able to support Markdown.

    With version 7.2.0, you can now write Markdown, preview it by tapping on the Document icon in the toolbar. Once you have previewed your markdown you can import a CSS file from the Document Picker or via URL. Once used, the file will be downloaded and stored so you can use it on other files as well. You may also delete the CSS files by tapping on the “trash” icon in the menu bar.

    Also added in this version is a new “Open Source” screen which lists the open source libraries used within wwriteLite. This is accessed via the “About” screen.

    There is one tweak as well, the “Drag” icon has been removed and replaced with the Markdown Preview.

  • wwriteLite 7.2.1 Now Available

    wwriteLite 7.2.1 Now Available

    There is an update to wwriteLite, to version 7.2.1. This is a minor bug fix that fixes an issue where you could not see the Markdown Preview text when using Dark mode and when the file being previewed is not using a template.

    As always this is a free wwriteLite and it is available now. You can view the full list of changes by checking out the Change Log on the wwriteLite website.

    Version 7.2.0 Notes
    It looks like Bill Lumbergh and Dom Portwood have finally decided to jump into the 21st century. They have decided that all TPS reports needs to be submitted in Markdown for easy conversion to HTML so they can be viewed on the Initech, LLC intranet, called Ininet. Therefore, wwriteLite now needs to be able to support Markdown.

    With version 7.2.0, you can now write Markdown, preview it by tapping on the Document icon in the toolbar. Once you have previewed your markdown you can import a CSS file from the Document Picker or via URL. Once used, the file will be downloaded and stored so you can use it on other files as well. You may also delete the CSS files by tapping on the “trash” icon in the menu bar.

    Also added in this version is a new “Open Source” screen which lists the open source libraries used within wwriteLite. This is accessed via the “About” screen.

    There is one tweak as well, the “Drag” icon has been removed and replaced with the Markdown Preview.

  • wwriteLite 7.2.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 7.2.0 Now Available

    “Hey Peter, what’s happening?” It’s been about six weeks since the last wwriteLite update, and here we are with another one. This is a minor update, but it includes a big feature.

    It looks like Bill Lumbergh and Dom Portwood have finally decided to jump into the 21st century. They have decided that all TPS reports needs to be submitted in Markdown for easy conversion to HTML so they can be viewed on the Initech, LLC intranet, called Ininet. Therefore, wwriteLite now needs to be able to support Markdown.

    With version 7.2.0, you can now write a Markdown document and then preview it in HTML by tapping on the Document icon in the toolbar. Once you have previewed your markdown you can import a CSS file from the Document Picker or via URL. Once used, the file will be downloaded and stored so you can use it on other files as well. You may also delete the CSS files by tapping on the “trash” icon in the menu bar.

    Also added in this version is a new “Open Source” screen which lists the open source libraries used within wwriteLite. This is accessed via the “About” screen.

    There is one tweak that has been made to support the Markdown preview option. The “Drag File” button has been replaced with the Markdown Preview button.

    wwriteLite is a free update and is available now. You can view the full list of changes by checking out the Change Log on the wwriteLite website.

  • wwriteLite 7.1.0 Now Available

    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

    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.
  • wwriteLite 6.3.0 is now available

    wwriteLite 6.3.0 is now available

    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.