Whether you are a self-published author, an editor that works in traditional publishing or a journalist on the go, everyone can benefit from a little copy editing. We’ve put together a list of apps designed to help with the job, from tools that let you edit pages to style guides and reference materials.
We’ve included the app’s name, description and a link so that you can explore these apps further. Check out our list after the jump.
5 Apps for Copy Editing
1. DocumentsToGo: “Work from anywhere: View, edit, and create Microsoft® Word & Excel® files and view PowerPoint® & Adobe PDF® files on your iOS device, with the original and #1 selling mobile Office suite of all time. Docs To Go Standard 5.0 contains best-in-class document viewing & editing, including save & sync options directly to your iOS device and to your desktop/laptop computer (Cloud Services support available in Docs To Go ‘Premium’). Install on iPad & iPhone. ”
2. Merriam-Webster: “America’s most useful and respected dictionary – redesigned for iOS 7 to make it even more enjoyable to use. In addition to all the definitions from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the app offers voice search – to let you look up a word without having to spell it – along with an integrated thesaurus, example sentences, Quick Definitions, Word of the Day, Favorites, and more.”
3. AP Stylebook Mobile: “Stylebook Mobile is available for iOS. Features include searchable listings for the main, sports, business, punctuation and social media sections, along with the ability to add your own custom entries and notes on AP listings. Mark your favorite entries to easily find the ones you go to over and over again.”
4. My MLA Guide (iOS, Android): “My MLA is the ultimate guide and companion for students, researchers and scholars who need to utilize the style (6th Ed.). MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.”
5. Dictionary.com: “Top-rated app with trusted reference content from Dictionary.com & Thesaurus.com. WORKS OFFLINE – no Internet connection needed when searching words.”