Cool Writer V5.0
Cool Writer is a perfect application for taking notes and writing and editing txt/rtf. The features don’t stop there. The application also includes support for PDF and image file conversion, and opening and printing images, as well as PDF, Microsoft Office, and iWorks documents. It comes with five cool built-in keyboards for you to input anything in a convenient and fun way.
2.1 Create/Open a txt/rtf file
☛ Create a txt/rtf file:
To create a new file, tap '+' on the bottom of file list page, and then select "New Text File" to create a txt file, "New RTF File to create a rtf file.
☛ Open a file:
To edit/view an existing file, tap the file in the file list page.
Cool Writer supports editing Non-binary files such as c, cpp, html, xml , js, css, php…) and multilingual text-encoding of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic, Ukrainian, Thai, Central European, Vietnamese, Turkish, Baltic and more.
Plain text editor
⑴ Change the app themes. See Themes
⑵ Preferences. See Set Preferences
⑶ Search the text.
⑷ Type and read in full screen mode.
⑸ Lock writing orientation; Information about the text: storage information and Word, character & line counts.
⑹ More options: Send Via E-Mail; Send As Mail Attachment; Send Via SMS; Convert to image/PDF; Print, and more
⑴ Modify the selected text format ( font style, color, size).
⑵ Spell check.
To edit the text, tap and start to type. The text is auto-saved at a regular intervals, or when the page is closed.
2.2 Accessory Keys
Accessory Keys are standard keyboard extension, these keys enable to write and edit text conveniently at a faster pace:
Switch key: switch between the keyboards.
Arrow keys: Navigate between characters.
Word keys: Navigate between words.
Up/Down keys: Navigate between lines.
Smart Select keys.
Copy, Cut and Paste.
Smart brackets keys.
Smart Date/Time keys.
To customize See Customize accessory keys.
2.3 Built-in Keyboards
To switch keyboard, tap the key. You can also touch and hold the key to show all keyboards, To choose a keyboard, slide your finger to the name of the keyboard, then release:
Cool Writer has five cool built-in keyboards for you to input just about anything in the most convenient and fun way:
★ Special Characters Keyboard: Contains 20 categories and more than 2000 special characters.
★ Emoji Keyboard: Composed of 5 categories and 471 emoticons.
★ Article Keyboard: Made up of 400 popular characters/emoji article pictures in 14 categories (animals, love, people, and more)
★ Crazy Text Keyboard: Makes inputting interesting. For example, ‘upside-down’ enables you to input inverted characters.
★ Shortcut Keyboard: Define your own categories and add keys, which can be any texts. Saving your time of inputting text. To customize this keyboard, please see the Shortcut keyboard
To add or remove those keyboards, go to: Preferences → Keyboards.
2.4.1 Convert to PDF/Image
☛ Tap the () button, and then select "Convert to PDF" or "Convert to Image". The converted PDF or images will be displayed, and the background, font style/color will be shown in PDF and image completely.
☛ You could then save, email or print the converted files. You can Change the PDF/Images options by taping the button on bottom left, and enter the settings page:
Once you change the PDF options, the PDF/Images will be generated again.
2.4.2 Air Print
Tap the () button, and select "Print" in order to print the text via air print.
2.4.3 Send via email or SMS
Send Via E-Mail: Send the text via E-Mail.
Send As Mail Attachment: Create a mail and add the text file as a attachment.
Send Via SMS: Send the text via SMS.
2.5 Advanced Editor
The Advanced Editor for rtf/txt has been added since version 5.0, the basic editor for txt is still supported, you can select the editor for text in settings. The Advanced Editor supports the following features:
Displaying line numbers along the left side of editor. Displaying line numbers under editor can be very useful to improve overall readability of long text such as code or scripts.
Jumping to a specific line-number within the editor: Tap the icon and input the line number in the text field, then tap the "goto" button.
Set margins, Margins allow you to add white space to top, right, bottom and left borders.
If you edit a plain text, it also supports following features:
By default, Word wrap is the default feature of editors, is the feature of continuing on a new line when a line is full. If you are using advanced Editor to edit plain text, you can choose to switch off it, so that you can read/write from left to right with horizontal scrolling.
Highlight insertion point: current line highlighting (the line with the insertion point is highlighted with the color of your choice).
Setting line spacing in spaces(lines—nothing in between by default).
Setting tab width in spaces.
3 Manage your files
3.1 Storage List
Storage list shows all available storages, including local device storage and cloud storage. Cool Writer support two cloud storage: Dropbox and iCloud. Tap the button in the root file list page to show the storage list.
3.2 File list page
This page displays all files and folders stored in the local device or using cloud storage.
Change the app themes, see Themes
Sort files by name, size, type or time.
Set Preferences, see Set Preferences
Add a new text file or folder.
Change how the files are displayed: you can display items in list, icon or thumbnail view.
Tap the button to rename, copy, move or mail the files/folders, See Other file command
3.3 File Synchronization
Besides storing your files in the device, Cool Writer also supports Dropbox and iCloud for synchronizing and storing documents:
In order to use Dropbox, you are required to Link Account: tapping the “Link Dropbox” button in the "Preferences→Dropbox", and then linking with the service using your account.
22.214.171.124 The difference between Cool Writer 3.5 and its previous version.
The Dropbox sync feature has been improved since version 3.5, You won't need to import/export files manually anymore, Cool Writer will automatically sync files/folders in "Dropbox" storage with Dropbox between different devices. The synchronizing mechanism is similar to that of the PC and Mac Dropbox client, Cool Writer keeps a local copy of any file you have previously opened or edited, so that you can access it offline.
Note: Some Dropbox functions such as "Auto-upload edited file" and "Add files from Dropbox" in the previous version are no long necessary, and have been removed from version 3.5. An edited file that in local storage will not be uploaded to the Dropbox.
126.96.36.199 How does it work?
Cool Writer keeps a local copy of any file you have previously opened or edited. At regular intervals, or when you tap , it checks to see if these files have been changed on the server and downloads any updated versions in the background.
If you try to open a file and there’s already a local copy of the latest version, the file will be opened immediately.
When a file is saved, it is written to local immediately, and uploaded in the background, while you continue with your work. If you’re not connected to the Internet at the time, it will upload the file later on when the server becomes available.
If the file has been modified independently on both the server and Cool Writer, you will be notified by Dropbox and save your copy with a different name so that you can reconcile the differences at a later time.
188.8.131.52 File list page in Dropbox Storage
The screenshot above shows how the file management interface in Dropbox storage looks like. There is a (refresh) button on the bottom toolbar, while the other buttons are exactly the same with file list storage in local storage. Tap to check whether the files in the folder have been changed on the server and to download any updated versions in the background.
The icon to the right of each file shows its' synchronization status:
This icon indicates the file exists on the Dropbox server but not on the device. and the file icon is translucent.
This icon indicates the file has a local copy on your device.
This icon indicates that the file was created locally and is not uploaded.
This icon indicates that the file has been modified locally and is scheduled to be uploaded.
This icon indicates that the file has a copy stored locally, but the copy file is not the latest version ( The file has been modified on the server ).
iCloud syncs documents across all your devices. Any documents you’ve created or viewed on your device will be available for offline use. Any documents you create or edits you make offline will be synced automatically the next time you use while online.
Use iCloud. It is very convenient if you want to access documents from the same app you created them in, the app is available for both your iPad and iPhone.
Note: iCloud is only available on iOS5 or above.
☛ How to set up for iCloud
On your iOS device go to Settings, then iCloud, enter your Apple ID, make sure "Documents & Data" is set to “On.”
Note: you must restart Cool Writer after you set up iCloud.
3.4 Other file command
3.4.1 Delete files/folders
There are two ways to delete files:
☛ Delete file/folder by swiping the file/folder item as you do in most other iOS apps.
☛ Tap "edit" button located on the top of file list page, select all the files you want to delete, and then tap the "delete" button on the bottom tool bar ( or tap "more"->"delete" ).
If you delete file(s) in Dropbox storage, you can undo the operation on Dropbox website.
3.4.2 Copy/Move files
Tap "edit" button on the top of file list page, select any files/folders and then tap "Copy" or "Move" button on the bottom toolbar.
You can copy(upload) local files or downloaded iCloud files to Dropbox or copy downloaded Dropbox files to local storage or iCloud, However, you are not allowed to move local files or iCloud files to Dropbox or vice versa.
3.4.3 Rename file/directory
Tap "edit" button on the top of file list page, select a file/folder, and then tap "Rename" button on the bottom toolbar.
For editing text files, you can change the file name conveniently on writing page: Tap the title name, Cool Writer will give you optional titles base on the content of your document. Select the title you like.
3.4.4 Email files
Tap the "edit" button on the top of file list page, select any files, and then tap the "Email" button on the bottom toolbar.
3.4.5 Zip files
Tap the "edit" button on the top of the file list page, select any files, and then tap "Zip" button on the bottom toolbar.
Note: Cool Writer does not support zip files in Dropbox storage.
3.4.6 Open In
Long press the file item to open the file in other App: tap and hold the file, and you will be prompted with a menu:
Cool Writer currently offers 12 beautiful themes. You can also create your own skin using your photos from your photo library or customize the color of the paper lines, background, toolbar and text .
4.1 Change the app themes
Tap the on the left bottom corner, use your finger swipe right/left over the options to scroll through the list, and then select the background you want:
Different built-in skins have different font and paper line color. If you wish to change the color of the toolbar, body, text or paper line, we suggest you select the colorful skin option or import an image as skin from photo album or camera:
☛ Colorful skin: tap the "Colorful Skin" option to customize your colorful skin theme. You will then have control over the color of paper line, background, toolbar and text.
☛ Import an image as skin: You can import an image from photo album or camera, and then process the image.
5 Set Preferences
Cool Writer preferences let you to adjust things like your keyboard customization, fonts & paper lines settings, passcode protection, Dropbox account setting and much more. To set your preferences, tap the button on the file list page or text edit page.
5.1 Customize your keyboard
5.1.1 Customize accessory keys.
☛ You can add, remove or reorder accessory keys by selecting "Preferences→Accessory keys".
Tap the button to customize the accessory keys.
Tap the button to add a new accessory shortcut key. The content for the key can be any text, that will save your time when inputting text, you can also add shortcut keys in Shortcut keyboard.
To remove a key from the accessory bar, tap the key and then tap "Disable".
"Move left" or "Move right": Change the selected key order.
"Delete" button: Tap this button to delete the added shortcut key permanently.
5.1.2 Customize Built-in keyboards
To disable or enable built-in keyboards or keyboard categories, tap the "Keyboards" in the Preferences page. and then select the keyboard you wish to modify.
Note: you can disable the shortcut keyboard, but you can not disable the shortcut keyboard categories you have created.
5.1.3 Shortcut keyboard
To define your own categories or add keys in this keyboard, tap the "Shortcut keys" in the Preferences page.
5.1.4 Keyboard clicking sound
You can turn off the clicking sound of keys on the accessory bar and the built-in keyboard by switching the "ExtKeyboard Clicks Sound" OFF.
5.2 Settings for Plain Text&RTF Editing
You can change the settings for Plain Text&RTF Editing in Preferences page:
5.2.1 Settings for Plain Text
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To change the font name and size on writing page, tap the "Fonts" option:
220.127.116.11 Writing paper line
To change the writing paper line on writing page, tap the "Writing paper line " option:
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CRLF is an acronym for Carriage Return\Line feed, In some writing applications such as the Windows Notepad, the line break is CRLF, therefore, if you wish your text file to open normally in these apps, you should turn ON this option.
22.214.171.124 Save text encoded in
By default files created in Cool Writer are saved in Unicode, if you open a file with UTF-8, it will saved in UTF-8. You can change it to Unicode or UTF-8 in this option.
You can change the editor for text editing, if you select "None", You will be prompted to select the editor when you open a text file.
126.96.36.199 Advanced Editor Options
You can change advanced editor settings for plain text in this page. includes line numbers, margins, line spacing, tab width, word wrap, current insertion line color.
5.2.2 Settings for RTF
RTF Editor also supports writing paper lines, the advanced editor for RTF supports line numbers and margins.
5.3 Passcode Protection
For security, you can create a passcode, Cool Writer will require you to enter the passcode when you open the application or bring Cool Writer to foreground.
Turn on passocde: Enter a 4-digit passcode, and then enter the passcode again to verify it.
Set your Dropbox account and shows the list of files to download and upload.
5.5 Wifi File Transfer.
Tap "Web Server" item. Then tap "Start" button.
You can also transfer files via USB using iTunes, Simple launch iTunes with your iPad/iPhone connected, click your device in the devices column, click the Apps tab, and select the "Cool Writer" app.
1. How do I switch back to plain background, instead of a picture which I set up earlier from my album? and how do I get a plain white background with black text?
Changing the background is very easy, just tap the button on the left bottom corner, and use your finger SWIPE RIGHT/LEFT over the options, select the background your want, check this: Change the app themes
2. How do I print text( or convert text to pdf/images ) in portrait not landscape?
You can change the print size in settings, please goto Preferences->Conversion settings(Text to PDF)->Page Size, if you select "Default ( display resolution )", the size is compatible with your device, you can print(convert) your text in portrait or landscape by changing your device to portrait or landscape, check this: Convert to PDF/Image
3. I have your APP ON 2 IPADS. Is there a way to set up app so that the same notes show up on both IPADS
You can sync files on different device by iCloud or Dropbox, check this:File Synchronization