It’s harder than it used to be to accidentally lose all your work. Apps come with auto-save, and Chrome tries to warn you before you close a tab with unsaved work. But hit enter too fast, or suffer a crash, and you could still lose a lot of writing. It can happen to a Facebook update, an application form, or a blog post.
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Chrome: Forwarding an email is easy enough, but if you want to send it to someone for a quick glance, you may want to send it via text without crowding their inbox. This Chrome extension helps you do just that.
iOS: We have long been fans of Drafts on iOS. It makes it possible to link together all kinds of text with different programs. Drafts is such a powerful program that it's a little difficult to wrap your head around what you'd use it for. Thankfully, the developer's teamed up with MacSparky's David Sparks for a series of how-to videos.
Plain text has long been a favourite here at Lifehacker, but over the years most people have moved away from it in favour of specialised to-do apps, notes apps, writing apps or whatever else. I still use plain text for just about everything, but never thought much about why I do. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that snazzy features aside, plain text is still king for portability and simplicity.
Windows/Mac/Linux: Atom, GitHub's free text editor, has been toiling away in beta builds for a while now. Today, it's officially available as a stable version.
iPad: Ulysses is one of our favourite writing apps on the Mac and it's now available for the iPad as well. And happily, the iPad version is just as powerful as the Mac app.