People are loving writr. They have been climbing up the ranks, and quickly. Now in Top 5 paid productivity apps, and in the Top 100 overall paid apps. They consistently get 5 and 4 star ratings flowing in from the U.S. Writr has recieved a confirmation from Microsoft to be featured in their next round of promotions, and have been recently reviewed on WPCentral. The following is a review from one of their users. What struck me when first opening writr, was how polished it felt. Subtle animations present the interface, clean and functional, placing the content at the fore. The journal-writing app doesn’t waste any time with tutorials or introductions; it doesn’t need to. Your first entry is waiting to be made, while clear menu options sit to the left.
At first glance writr seems like your standard journaling app, albeit a very pretty and usable one. You have your calendar, tags and bookmarks. Perusing past entries is as simple as the layout.
There is one significant difference, however. Above my (currently blank) first entry sits the question “What would you do tomorrow if you had no responsibilities or worries?” It’s a small touch that makes a huge difference to the entire experience. Rather than a blank page the app is prompting users on what to write. What’s more, these aren’t superficial questions; each one is designed to get you thinking and exploring, and are open ended enough that you can answer them quickly and move onto something else or go into some serious detail. What makes these prompts particularly interesting is the algorithm that controls them.
As quoted by the creators, “writr doesn’t simply display random journaling prompts. There’s a science behind them. Writr learns as the user writes, and will prompt with questions based on key areas of focus in their lives. In addition, the database of prompts is designed by subject matter experts and will continue to grow.” While the design and usability is enough to give writr the edge on it’s Windows based competition, the prompting concept allows writr to stand up with with the leading journals on iOS and Android as well.
Unfortunately it is a Windows 8.1 exclusive, but the team has hinted several times at expansion to other platforms in the near future. The animations throughout are smooth and quick. They give navigation a satisfying feel without getting in the way, and behave in sync with other Windows 8 movements. There are a few small features that I would’ve liked to have seen included; some form of synchronization across devices, and cloud storage for auto backups (there is a manual option under settings) would be welcome.
Overall the app is great to use. It feels responsive, functions well, and provides a unique twiston the usual journaling approach. The prompting feature, writr’s real selling point, makes the experience something new and refreshing. The idea isnt exactly revolutionary, but it’s simple and well executed. If journaling for growth is something you want to be actively doing, but you struggle with the blank page and don’t know where to start, writr is the best journaling app for you.