I'm the creator of this site (Grammar Gang). I'm also the founder of Codeless, a long-form content creation company that's been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, The Next Web, and hundreds more.
We produce around ~100 long, in-depth articles each month. So we're relying on these tools on a daily basis. Here, I break down the good, bad, and uuuuuuggggllllyyyy.
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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 a premium writing software. And the best (and also the most surprising) part?
It’s still in its beta phase and thus, is absolutely free.
I tested this app 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.
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. 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.
#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.
And there is a tiny icon in the menu bar that shows you all the previous copies of your content.
#3 Compatible with all the devices
Since Apollopad is a web-based 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 content as using Apollopad. It lets you export your files as Word, PDF, Epub, Markdown, HTML, as well as plain text.
#5 Blocks on-screen distractions
Apollopad walks its talk. In its website, it claims to provide a distraction-free environment to writers, and it does fulfill the promise in reality.
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.
#6 Note taking made easy
Apollopad takes note-taking 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.
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.
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.