LiquidText 1.0

Read, annotate, and research on iPad

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This product makes me want to buy an iPad of my own (I've only been able to see it on others'). This feels like the future of reading and communicating about the written word: it's easy and intuitive to highlight passages and communicate about questions. I wish I'd had this for negotiating my latest term sheets, but there are applications well beyond the legal field.
@gillianim Thank you so much, I really appreciate the way you described LiquidText! To your point, we think the applications go way beyond legal, to include professional and academic work of almost any kind. We envision executives reading reports to college students studying for tests. We're hoping this is the start of a revolution! :)
This reminds me a lot of Readmill, except LiquidTxt allows PDFs, Documents, etc. to be added. I love that. Is there a social component to it? Haven't fully looked into it but really do love the idea of being able to discuss what I've annotated, share, etc. You can somewhat do this already on Instapaper but I'm not entirely sure you can add regular documents like LiquidTxt allows. Great hunt, @gillianim!
@imcatnoone Thanks a lot! The social component is small for now, we're working on expanding it several months down the road. But even right now, one of the cool things is that LiquidText makes it easier to capture a whole train of thought by pulling out and connecting excerpts, comments, etc. Like taking a snapshot of your thinking. An then you can send this--connected to your document--to other people, and they can add their thoughts as well in that workspace on the right.
@craigtashman Makes sense! Can see why you wouldn't add a social component yet. Was just curious if one existed already. Thanks!
This is fantastic - I spent five years in a literature PhD and never bought an e-reader or tablet because they simply couldn't handle the kinds of documents I needed to work with and the way I needed to work with them. I'm thrilled by the features you're displaying here - pinching to compare sections, temporarily eliding the non-highlighted bits, meaningful marginalia - this really does seem like a tool designed with serious reading (and serious readers) in mind. What about integrations - are there ways to export highlights or notes to another format or application, e.g. Evernote or .docx or .csv?
@eliservescent Thanks for asking! We have a few export options, but one of the coolest is that you can export all your notes as a single, formatted text document that you can pull into your word processor! We try to be as seamless a part of your workflow as possible. You can also export a PDF of your document with margin notes attached, or simply send the original full LiquidText file. And we have nice import/export to/from Dropbox, Box, and iCloud Drive. We don't have an Evernote integration yet though--would you want that?
@craigtashman Yes! It would be a great compliment to Evernote's webclipper, and I think Evernote has pretty widespread adoption in academic & business communities. I might prioritize a webapp above the Evernote integration, though, so that you can capture readers regardless of what device they're reading on.
@eliservescent Great suggestions! Yes, we actually have send-to-LiquidText from Safari in the iPad app, but it'll be more closely integrated when we launch the desktop version.
Holy cow, I've been waiting for this to be released since 2011. Most of my editing work (fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, articles) is reorganization vs addition or subtraction and no tool seems to understand that the way this did (as a concept video 4 years ago). Cannot wait. Having used this for all of an hour, they nailed it.
@shloky Thanks a lot! This has been a long journey indeed, so it's wonderful to see it helping people now!
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