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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Speare is the most unusual writing app I tested to date. It calls itself a ‘thought processor’ that enables you to turn your thoughts into words in snap anywhere, anytime.
What’s unique about Speare is it eliminates the traditional blank white page concept and uses building blocks to write down ideas.
And since it’s a web-based app, you can access it from any device as long as you have an internet connection.
There are a few more things that make Speare a powerful writing tool. And I’ve mentioned all of them in the following section along with some minor flaws I experienced.
So let’s take a look.
Speare does most of the things right, like it’s easy to use, saves several versions of the same content, let users collaborate with each other, and much more.
Here’s the big picture.
#1 Simple and easy to use
While it may seem like a whole new concept to write on building blocks, it’s a cakewalk to get started with Speare.
The user interface is clean, and all you need to do is, sign-in to your account, open a board (by clicking the ‘+’ icon), and start typing. Plus, it automatically stores everything as you type. So, you never lose anything.
#2 Note taking made easy
Speare is specifically built to help you write your thoughts quickly before they are lost. So, it doesn’t matter whether you’re taking notes, doing research for your next blog post, or brainstorming, the building blocks in Speare have got your back.
#3 Excellent content organization
When you start adding blocks in Speare, it looks a bit messy at first, but it’s powerful organization ability abolish all the chaos. All it needs is, drag and drop, and you rearrange your blocks however you want.
Spear also renders the power to divide and conquer any project using different boards. For example, you can split an ebook into chapters, and tackle each chapter in a different board.
According to Speare, it helps you pour all your focus on each chapter. And when you’re done, you can either compare two boards side-by-side to fine tune your writing or hit compile and put together the whole book.
So, full marks to Speare in this department.
#4 Share and collaborate with your team
When you create a board, you have all the rights to share the boards with your team members and allow them to work on it in real-time.
It can also publish your content to all of the different channels like WordPress, social media sites, etc. in a few clicks. So it’s definitely going to be your best friend if you’re a blogger.
#5 Create and save previous versions of your content
Speare stores all the changes you make in a block or board so when you want to get a particular section back in future, you can easily do so.
#6 Compatible with all the devices
Speare is a web app, and there’s no capping on the variety of machines you can use Speare on. Neither it imposes any restriction on the number of devices you install the software on.
You can use it on your Android phone, iPhone, iPad, Windows PC, or MacBook. And the best thing is, it adapts itself according to the screen size of the machine.
I don’t have many complaints about this tool. Just a couple of things that I think could have made the tool a one-stop-shop for any user.
#1 Doesn’t block on-screen distractions and no writing templates
Speare completely overlooked this department. There is no Full-Screen mode, neither it has Focus Mode.
Similarly, I also couldn’t find any writing template in this app, and that’s a big turn down for someone who heavily relies on writing templates to gain some momentum quickly.
#2 Limited export options
While you can still export your files as PDF, Word, Markdown, or HTML formats, Speare missed it big time by not including other significant file formats like RTF, ODT, and plain Text.
#3 Slow customer service
Speare needs to pay some serious attention to their customer service department. It is quite sluggish in getting back to the user queries.
For example, I sent them an email where I asked a few questions about the product, but it’s been more than 24 hours, and no-one from their team got back to me.
So, a quick customer support or a live-chat feature would make the tool even better.
Speare pricing plans and payment options
Speare has a single pricing plan which is divided into three categories – Annually, Quarterly, and Monthly.
Let’s start with the Monthly plan. It costs you $14.97/month which I think is a bit pricey compared to other writing softwares.
The per month price comes down to $9.99/month if you want to pay quarterly as a one time fee of $29.97 every three months.
Finally, the annual plan is for $4.95/mo when you deposit a one-time payment of $59.40.
All three categories providea 30-day money back guarantee. And if you’re not sure, whether you want this tool or not, take their 14-day free trial (no credit card required) to take Speare for a spin.
Now, coming to the payment options, you can pay either by your Credit or Debit card, PayPal, or Amazon Pay.
Do I recommend Speare?
Yes, I do.
Speare brings out a new perspective to writing by ditching the old method of starting off with a blank page.
It has an exceptional ability to organize your writing, divide large projects in small chunks, and saves all the previous versions of your content.
In fact, even if you compare the pricing against the features it offers, it still comes out as a budget-friendly and value for money tool (unless you opt for the monthly plan).
And above all, you get an entire month to test the product and decide if you really want to keep using it. If no, you can get a full refund.
So eventually, you have nothing to lose.
However, the only group that won’t find the app as useful is screenwriters. So f you’re one, you can go for Scrivener or Final Draft.
Otherwise, this Speare is a game changer.