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Zinnia Journal Brings Creative Journaling to iPad

Pixite, Inc. announce the release of Zinnia Journal 1.0. This app is the latest in a line of best-in-class creativity apps for the iPad. Zinna Journal incorporates the creativity of a sketch pad with the practical features of traditional journaling. Zinna Journal acts as a daily companion that encourages users to encourage mindful activities such as sketching, planning and collaging.



Zinnia Journal is an excellent way to document activities with friends, daily reading material, daily routines and anything else going on in a user’s life. The app’s wide assortment of tools includes stickers, calendars, habit trackers, and washi tape.


“Zinnia Journal brings the next level of journaling to the iPad,” said Eugene Kaneko, Pixite’s co-founder. “Mindfulness has never been easier, Zinnia Journal is a great way to track your behavior, change bad habits and recognize the good ones. The app offers a fast, fun, and creative way to document the things that matter most to you.”


Features Include:

  • The creativity of journaling combined with the convenience and features of a digital device
  • Multiple drawing tools
  • Supports Apple Pencil, a user’s finger, and third-party stylus input
  • Dozens of professionally designed templates to save you time, with more being added every month
  • Import images, Assembly artwork, Procreate graphics, colored Pigment pages, and more
  • Share via Facebook, Instagram, email, messaging, and other social networks
  • Print journal entries using AirPrint
  • Free, with optional in-app subscription


This app includes dozens of hand-made, ready-to-use page templates, as well as themed art bundles. The drawing tools make use of the brush technology from Pixite’s popular coloring app, Pigment. As a user creates a page, it becomes the personal expression of their life experiences.


Drawing tools include:

  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Technical pen
  • Highlighter
  • Brush pen
  • Paint pen
  • Airbrush
  • Watercolor


Zinnia Journal page brings order to the user’s day-to-day experiences, in their own personal style. The look and feel of each page can be customized, making the process a rewarding one.


“There is increasing evidence to support the idea that journaling has a positive impact on both mental and physical well-being. By journaling routinely you may discover reduced stress and a greater sense of self,” continues Eugene. “Discover what makes you feel happy and confident, or solve problems more effectively, through the magic of journaling. And if you’re feeling social, Zinnia makes it easy to share completed spreads with friends, family, and fans by email, messaging, Facebook, Instagram and other social networks.”


Zinnia Journal 1.0 is Free and is available through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Zinnia offers an optional subscription to Zinnia Premium which includes access to unlimited journals and pages. Get Zinnia Premium for free for 7-days with a free trial. After the free trial users will be automatically renewed to the yearly subscription which they can cancel at any time. Paid subscriptions are $9.99 USD per month for the monthly plan, and $39.99 USD per year for the yearly plan.

iPad Text Editing App Clean Writer Version 3 Now Available

Cognitive Bits Software has announced the release of Clean Writer 3.0, a major update to their popular text editor app developed exclusively for iPad. Originally created in the summer of 2010, Clean Writer was the first iPad app of its kind – a distraction-free text editor for writers and creative people that boosts creativity by putting the focus on words and WRITING instead of formatting and unnecessary features.

Version 3.0 is the first update since 2012, and brings improvements that dedicated users have called for, including: hardware and software compatibility with modern iPads and iOS versions’ improved Dropbox integration using Dropbox API 2.0; a modern UI with cleaner looks and icons.


Other notable features: live counters for words, characters and lines; minimalist UI with the possibility to hide out everything but the text and use multi-touch gestures for navigation and menu invocations; 4 color themes adapted to diurnal or nocturnal writing; custom global font selection; file management with Dropbox integration; keyboard auxiliary bar with user-customizable shortcut keys; inter-app connectivity; sending files as email attachments.


Clean Writer for iPad 3.0 is available in the iTunes App Store for only $0.99, 75% off its original price.

Tabula – New Writing App for macOS Automatically Formats Your Content

Independent developer, Charlie Imhoff today is proud to announce the release of Tabula 1.0 for macOS. Tabula is a distraction free writing app which automatically formats user’s text as they write. Tabula uses an intelligent interpreter that reads and styles text automatically to enable users to create beautiful text documents without touching a styling toolbar or learning complex markup.

Tabula - New Writing App for macOS Automatically Formats Your Content

Notable Features:
* Author content with live preview
* Automatic detection and formatting of titles and subtitles, headings, lists, tables, links, and more
* Export HTML or PDF files in a variety of themes
* iCloud Drive Sync
* Night mode
* Export to plain HTML for inserting into existing websites or alongside custom stylesheets


Tabula’s automatic formatting is based on natural composition. Tabula wraps up its interpretation in handcrafted themes for export, adjusting to screen size so they read comfortably on any device.


“Apps like Word have so many formatting menus competing for your precious attention”, said Charlie Imhoff, the designer and lead developer of Tabula. “Tabula lets you just write, and not worry about anything else”.


For a limited time, Tabula 1.0 is offered for the introductory price of $4.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Tabula is also available for iOS for the introductory price of $2.99. Tabula for macOS and iOS work together through iCloud Drive, allowing authors to start documents on their iPhones or iPads, and finish them on their Macs.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.6 Update Now Available

Nisus Software today is pleased to announce the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.6, the latest release of their powerful word processor for the Mac. This version contains a number of fixes that improve compatibility with macOS Sierra:


* Fixed a possible crash when using the document version browser (using the menu File > Revert To > Browse All Versions)
* Fixed an issue where Soft Return characters could trigger incorrect spacing, indentation, and drawing
* Fixed a warning about invalid bookmark data after relaunching, if the user quit with Untitled documents open


This release also solves a problem where using the system’s Markup feature on an image would incorrectly remove that image, restores LinkBack functionality for OmniGraffle (version 7.1 or later required), and added code to remove any mention of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace until George Lucas apologizes.


These fixes add to an already rich feature set that includes an intuitive interface, multilingual text support, powerful find and replace, easy to use style system, multipart selections, collaboration tools (comments and track changes), support for Microsoft Word file formats (.doc and .docx), and a native file format (RTF) that almost any word processor can read.


Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.6 is available now from the Nisus website and and from the Mac App Store. Nisus Writer Pro is only $79 (USD). An upgrade from Pro 1.x is $49. A three license Family Pack is available for $99. An academic version is also available. This is a free update for users of any version of Nisus Writer Pro 2.x.

Notea 1.0 for OS X Offers New Note Taking Experience

Inspiring-Life Technologies Private Limited has released Notea 1.0, their new note taking application for Mac OS X.The app offers a clean and clutter-free experience when its comes to writing on a Mac.


The app offers a number of Magic Track Pad gestures:
* Swipe with two finger from right to left on note to hide the left pane
* Swipe with two finger from left to right on note to show the left pane
* Pinch out on note to increase font size
* Swipe right on a title of a note to delete or share
* Swipe all the way to right to delete note


App Highlights:
* The first line of your note will automatically be taken as the headline
* As you start typing, the left pane will automatically be hidden, giving you maximum interface for taking notes
* Dark mode makes it easy on your eyes
* Restore the last deleted note by clicking on Undo
* Export and save notes as PDF
* Choose from 4 different fonts for your notes
* Total word count at the bottom of the app interface


Notea 1.0 is available for $0.99 for a limited time only through the Mac App Store.