Apollopad Review 2020

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    When you combine the quality of a premium writing app with a readability tool like Readable, the result you get is Apollopad. Apollopad is a web-based tool that aims to provide a distraction-free environment to budding authors and bloggers so they can finish their ebooks, novels or blog posts. It is packed with almost all the features that you typically see in premium writing software. And the best (and also the most surprising) part? It’s still in its beta phase and thus, is absolutely free, regardless of the word count you’re checking. I tested this app in a recent Apollopad Review to see how good it is in what it claimed and was quite startled with its performance.

    Below, I’ve mentioned all the plus point this software has along with the minor flaws that are stopping it from being the perfect writing tool.

    Let’s take a look.

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    Our Verdict: There’s no reason I would NOT suggest you use Apollopad. First of all, it’s free, it has almost all the features a premium writing app has (minus templates), and there are no device restrictions.

    Apollopad Review Pros

    According to my Apollopad Review, Apollopad is extremely easy to use and loaded with advanced features like versioning, corkboard, automatic cloud sync, etc.

    Also, it’s the only tool that gives you a readability score for your content, much like the one you can access in Microsoft Word. So you can save some time by making any necessary changes in your content before uploading it to the grammar tool.

    Here’s a detailed breakdown of all the significant benefits of using Apollopad for your next project.

    #1 Simple and easy to use

    In spite of having so much to offer, Apollopad succeeds in keeping the interface low and uncluttered.

    When you log in to your account, you see a plain white space where you start typing instantly. Perfect for national novel writing month.

    apollopad interface
    The page that shows after logging in.

    #2 Create and save different versions of the same content

    There’s no capping in the number of versions you can create for the same content. Create as many as you can with this text editor.

    And there is a tiny icon in the menu bar that shows you all the previous copies of your content.

    Apollopad versions
    There’s a button where you could view the previous pages you have saved.

    #3 Compatible with all the devices

    Since Apollopad is a web-based book tool, there won’t be any issues using it on any particular device. As long as you have an internet connection and your browser is working fine, you can access your files in Apollopad.

    #4 Wide range of export options

    There is a variety of file formats you can export your document as using Apollopad. It lets you export your files as Word, PDF, Epub, Markdown, HTML, as well as plain text during the writing process.

    Apollopad exports
    A variety of formats you could save your files in.

    #5 Blocks on-screen distractions

    Apollopad walks its talk. In its website, it claims to provide a distraction-free online writing environment to writers, and it does fulfill the promise in reality. Scrivner is another app that does this.

    Though it lacks “Focus Mode”, half of the work is already done by its minimal user interface. To cover the other half, it lets you go into “Full-Screen mode” where it covers the whole screen so that you can’t see anything else other than the white paper.

    apollopad full screen
    This is how the fullscreen mode looks like.

    #6 Note taking made easy

    Apollopad takes note-taking and creative writing to a whole new level. It allows you to take inline notes where you can include anything like to-do items, photos, videos, or even URLs.

    It’s quite handy for jotting down facts or research sources. It works exactly like the way you add a hyperlink to a text on Google Docs or WordPress.

    When you click on the word (typically in dark blue color), it shows you the note associated with it.

    Apollopad note taking
    This is the note feature of Apollopad.

    Apollopad Cons

    As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there are still a few concerns that are stopping Apollopad to become a perfect reply to its competitors.

    What are these concerns? Let’s find out.

    #1 No writing templates

    It’s a big bummer for Apollopad. It checks all the boxes, but then I don’t understand why it overlooked this section. Maybe, because it’s a beta version? Who knows!

    But still, a few templates would have made the whole experience complete.

    #2 Sloppy customer support

    Customer service is another aspect where Apollopad needs to work on. I sent them an email asking a few questions, but it’s been more than 24 hours, and I haven’t received any reply yet.

    Apollopad pricing plans and payment options

    Apollopad is still in its beta phase; that’s why developers are not charging anything to use this software at the moment.

    However, according to its subscription page, they’ll soon charge around $5 per user.

    Apollopad subscription
    Subscription page.

    Do I recommend Apollopad?

    Yes, I do.

    There’s no reason I would NOT suggest you use Apollopad. First of all, it’s free, it has almost all the features a premium writing app has (minus templates), and there are no device restrictions.

    In fact, you don’t even need to install any app.

    So, feel free to use this tool for your next novel or blog post.


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