Poem iOS App
#1
Hi Everyone,

My name is Scott and I am an indie iOS developer. I want to develop an iPad app that provides an interface to write poetry.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what features you would like to see in an iPad poetry writing app.

Thanks!

Scott
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#2
Hi Scott,

Maybe have a help section encyclopedia of forms. Have a form check like a grammar check. Have a scansion checker. The ability to organize a collection(s). Have a cliche checker. Have a standard word processor. Perhaps, a submission tracker

Just some thoughts,

Todd
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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#3
(06-27-2014, 01:32 PM)Todd Wrote:  Hi Scott,

Maybe have a help section encyclopedia of forms. Have a form check like a grammar check. Have a scansion checker. The ability to organize a collection(s). Have a cliche checker. Have a standard word processor. Perhaps, a submission tracker

Just some thoughts,

Todd

Thanks for your ideas. Can you explain what you mean exactly by a scansion checker?
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#4
I realize it can be subjective but something that could determine the stresses and meter of each line.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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#5
I'd like options for ironic, sarcastic, despairing too.
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#6
Make it so it holds it formatting when posted here. Smile

And put in an emo alert, and an overused rhyme alert. Seriously, though, it's a good idea. I once tried a few and none were any good. Good luck with it.

The scansion checker, if it was smart enough to count feet that would be a big help, I'm often not smart enough to count them myself..
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#7
Rhyme suggestions!

This app is for the masses, not poetry snobs

I want to write,
Cause poetry makes me happy,
I know shit's tight,
Even if these bitches think it's crappy,

I need an app two spell check,
And some pretty colors for this train wreck,
Kill two birds with one stone
And i shall download it for my iphone
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#8
Hey, this is a relatively untapped market and I think your on to something here. Maybe something to do with scansion, or a text to speech program that can read poetry. eBooks with footnotes could also be interesting.
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#9
(06-27-2014, 01:22 PM)iOSAppDeveloper Wrote:  Hi Everyone,

My name is Scott and I am an indie iOS developer. I want to develop an iPad app that provides an interface to write poetry.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what features you would like to see in an iPad poetry writing app.

Thanks!

Scott

Hi Scott,
I think my colleagues have gone mad. There is but one question. Why?
Any app that "interfaces" also "interposes" and that is the very last thing a poet needs. I cannot but think that this is destined to fail... not because the app will fail to do what it is programmed to do, but precisely because it does not do what the poet does.
Best,
tectak
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#10
(06-29-2014, 04:47 AM)tectak Wrote:  
(06-27-2014, 01:22 PM)iOSAppDeveloper Wrote:  Hi Everyone,

My name is Scott and I am an indie iOS developer. I want to develop an iPad app that provides an interface to write poetry.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what features you would like to see in an iPad poetry writing app.

Thanks!

Scott

Hi Scott,
I think my colleagues have gone mad. There is but one question. Why?
Any app that "interfaces" also "interposes" and that is the very last thing a poet needs. I cannot but think that this is destined to fail... not because the app will fail to do what it is programmed to do, but precisely because it does not do what the poet does.
Best,
tectak

Why? Great question!

I actually forgot to mention one thing in my original post - this app with be social. The answer to your question is the same reason why joined this forum - to connect and share. You want to share your work and discuss it.

Of course, nothing compares to face to face interaction and I in no way intend to mimic the kind dynamic that is present in a poetry slam. But poetry slams don't happen everyday, and it may be hard to hear poems face to face written by people outside your geographical area. When used correctly, technology has the power to connect people on a much larger scale.

I actually want to thank you because you made me think critically about this project. Now that I think of it, the social aspect is what will make this app succeed. All you need to write good poetry is a pad and paper, and therefore a simple textview will suffice. I will focus my energy on enhancing the social experience.

(06-29-2014, 10:53 AM)iOSAppDeveloper Wrote:  
(06-29-2014, 04:47 AM)tectak Wrote:  
(06-27-2014, 01:22 PM)iOSAppDeveloper Wrote:  Hi Everyone,

My name is Scott and I am an indie iOS developer. I want to develop an iPad app that provides an interface to write poetry.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what features you would like to see in an iPad poetry writing app.

Thanks!

Scott

Hi Scott,
I think my colleagues have gone mad. There is but one question. Why?
Any app that "interfaces" also "interposes" and that is the very last thing a poet needs. I cannot but think that this is destined to fail... not because the app will fail to do what it is programmed to do, but precisely because it does not do what the poet does.
Best,
tectak

Why? Great question!

I actually forgot to mention one thing in my original post - this app with be social. The answer to your question is the same reason why joined this forum - to connect and share. You want to share your work and discuss it.

Of course, nothing compares to face to face interaction and I in no way intend to mimic the kind dynamic that is present in a poetry slam. But poetry slams don't happen everyday, and it may be hard to hear poems face to face written by people outside your geographical area. When used correctly, technology has the power to connect people on a much larger scale.

I actually want to thank you because you made me think critically about this project. Now that I think of it, the social aspect is what will make this app succeed. All you need to write good poetry is a pad and paper, and therefore a simple textview will suffice. I will focus my energy on enhancing the social experience.
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#11
Does anyone have suggestions for a name for a poetry sharing app? I have some ideas, but I am a software engineer. I would like the title to sound like it came from a poet not and engineer.
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#12
(06-29-2014, 01:08 PM)iOSAppDeveloper Wrote:  Does anyone have suggestions for a name for a poetry sharing app? I have some ideas, but I am a software engineer. I would like the title to sound like it came from a poet not and engineer.

Poemuse? Verseshare? AutoPoe?
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#13
A few extant poetry apps.

I'd look at the songwriting apps for ideas as some of them
make better poetry writing apps than any of the above.
almost terse
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#14
Edgar: The Poem Sharing App
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#15
(06-29-2014, 01:08 PM)iOSAppDeveloper Wrote:  Does anyone have suggestions for a name for a poetry sharing app? I have some ideas, but I am a software engineer. I would like the title to sound like it came from a poet not and engineer.

Oh,come on...Universe, or if you are existential, Multiverse.
Bestiverse,
tectakiverse.
Frankly, Vogonap works for meSmile
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#16
(06-30-2014, 03:03 AM)tectak Wrote:  
(06-29-2014, 01:08 PM)iOSAppDeveloper Wrote:  Does anyone have suggestions for a name for a poetry sharing app? I have some ideas, but I am a software engineer. I would like the title to sound like it came from a poet not and engineer.

Oh,come on...Universe, or if you are existential, Multiverse.
Bestiverse,
tectakiverse.
Frankly, Vogonap works for meSmile

I do SO like Vogonap*.


A few suggestions for a title and tagline:

Words of Blood

Write Stark, Write Dark

FrankEnTwine
Spark Your Mind

SpringWriter
Altar Your Mind

Slash-Write
Be More Than You Are,
Write More Than You Mean


*Brings to mind Grunthos the Flatulent and his poem:
"Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer Morning"
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