The Android app looks minimalistic but comes with extensive sharing and layout features. (2 App Studio)

Inspiration can strike at any time, so it’s always useful to have a simple, easy-to-use writing program on hand. JotterPad is just that: elegant, clean and designed to keep you from getting distracted. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s underpowered. The app has extensive sharing, layout and productivity features that make it an invaluable tool for wordsmiths. It has built-in dictionaries and research tools. It lets you save documents in just about every file format you’d commonly need, and even syncs with Dropbox. The free version of the app is useful unto itself, though it’s possible to buy even more features — typefaces, etc. — for a $6 upgrade.

Other touches set JotterPad apart from the slew of competing apps. One nice feature, for example, is a “night mode” that makes recording any midnight inspiration a little easier on your eyes. And you can also opt to extend the keyboard and add extra, useful functions that you may need if you’re inserting images or want handy access to symbol keys. But the real beauty of the app is that you can tuck all of that away if you want to just focus and write. Free for Android devices.

Hayley Tsukayama