Three tips for using iOS Pages on iPhone

Ever think of writing a manuscript on an iPhone? You can on the iPhone 6 Plus. The Bluetooth also allows for one to use a keyboard with iOS Pages but this is about just the phone.
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1. Use an iPhone 6 Plus

In my experience attempting to write on an iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or even iPhone 6 is a real problem.

It’s difficult to type for any length of time in portrait mode and the Pages app zooms in to the text eliminating any visual advantage.

Once you turn it into landscape mode the keyboard leaves only about two lines to work with at any one time.

This brings us to the 6 Plus and the iPad Mini (the regular iPad is too large, I had tried once lol).

The Mini, using the split keyboard (thumbs, one on G, the other on H, then spread your thumbs apart), is really the only viable way to screen type on that platform.

I’ve done lots of writing on the Mini. No problem really.

But this is about iPhone and the Plus is the way to go.

Every now and then hit ‘Done’ or the Keyboard/DownArrow graphic (shown in landscape) to review your work as the app will automatically zoom out.

Turning the phone to portrait mode will maintain the zoomed out mode and you can read a full page at once.
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2. Use one master file for your manuscript

I first started with writing each chapter in its own file. It quickly became unwieldy.

I then put all the chapters, in the proper order into one Main file. Much better lol.

There is a Share function in Pages that works using email. Every now and then add the date to your Main file filename and then email it to yourself. I Share in Pages, MSWord and PDF formats. This way I have all three options sitting in my email that I can then save to hard drive(s), Dropbox and even leave on the server.
Then remove the date from your Main file in Pages and carry on.

I still have separate files for character notes or research points, etc.

Which brings us to …
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3. You can group files into their own folders

Press and hold on one file, drag on top of another file and presto, Pages creates a folder that you can then label accordingly. Tap once on the folder and it will expand to show the contents.

Author: Dan Passaro

Carnegie Mellon BSMechE changing the science and military fiction author dream into reality.

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