Not that we can blame them, but it looks like someone’s trying to capitalize off of the attention garnered first by Daniel Hooper’s iPad editing concept video, and then again by Kyle Howells’ jailbreak tweak that made the concept a reality.

SlideWriter is an upcoming App Store app that will allow you to edit text using techniques made popular by both the concept and the subsequent jailbreak tweak implementation.

The developers of SlideWriter have put together a brief video demo to show how the app works in action. Check it out inside…

As you can see, the implementation is similar, though not exactly as Hooper had envisioned. While the idea to make a standalone app may seem like a good idea, it’s important to note that such functionality is for this app only. Other apps have already implemented small traces of this editing style in the past, Apple’s very own Pages is one that comes to mind.

Whether or not it’s worth paying money (assuming it’s not free) for a standalone app just for this editing option is really going to be a personal decision. I just don’t see myself ditching my current text editor just to have this functionality built into one single app, but you may feel otherwise.

What do you think?

[via The Next Web]

  • pretty useless to have keyboard customization STRICTLY in one app. not blaming the app developer. just proclaiming the EPICNESS of jailbreaking.

  • Anonymous

    Are you serious?

  • Kok Hean

    Th creepy thing was that I was thinking about a rotary wheel like function that does the same. Odd.

  • if it costs money, then no thanks. swipe selection was free.

  • There’s a new jailbreak tweak called swipeselection and it’s free.

    • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Does opening the app automatically turn on the front facing camera (look at the 3 second mark)?

    Also, why in the world would anyone choose this over SwipeSelection, which works in EVERY app. oh yah and SwipeSelection is FREE!

    • David Villamizar

      it doesn’t work in pages!

  • wow, the concept is a great one especially for the iphone’s screen size. though the downside is it is a stand-alone app but I can see Swipe Selection implenting it or Swipe Writer implementing Swipe Selection which I doubt.

  • I’d buy it.

    I have a new iPad which as far as I know isn’t Jail Breakable yet so I can’t install SwipeSelection from Cydia.

    Since this from the App Store it will work on my non-JB iPad. I don’t paying for that. It’s far better than the current iOS5 text editing.

  • swipeselection is way better and it’s free. slidewriter is useless to me.

  • Anonymous

    To me, the biggest difference between this and SwipeSelection (and the original concept video) is that this implementation uses the space ABOVE the keyboard while SwipeSelection uses the space the keyboard uses for the swiping.

    Not too big a deal, but in actual use, I found myself swiping the actual area, versus the keyboard area when trying to move my cursor.

    That being said, I would not PAY for this tweak when SwipeSelection does such a great job for free. Apple really needs to implement this in the stock keyboard.

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