Yes, sounds paradoxical, but it’s not that simple.DT on the Mac and DTTG on iOS devices rely on OS frameworks provided by Apple. The weird things is that Apple did/does not provide full-fledged, standard, rich text capabilities on iOS. I guess they would point at Pages, or Word for that matter. Initially, the much-used rationale was that iOS devices were not powerful enough, but I think that’s laughable if you see what else these devices can do. So we have this paradoxical situation that we have no lightweight, robust, reasonably powerful (tables, scalable images, etc.) text framework that spans the Apple ecosystem.
DT could overcome that by rolling their own, but that sounds easier than said, and I don’t want them to get bogged down by something like that.
Initially, I thought that a good solution would be to get a dedicated RFT editor on iOS. Surely, there must be something like that. I tried Textilus, but the formatting did not survive well when bringing in stuff created on OS X. Notability imports the stuff alright, but you can only get stuff out of Notability as pdf, text-only, or proprietary Notability format. So much for that. If Microsoft provided the “open in” route, I’d probably use Word as my cross-platform rich text platform. Now, I only use it for the really fancy stuff.
I have recently moved to take lightweight notes (no imagery or tables) using Markdown. The app Editorial on iOS is amazing. For quick checks, I can look at the raw markdown in DTTG, and I can also make quick edits, for anything more, I’ll send the stuff to Editorial or iWriter Pro. The great thing is that markdown is nothing but plain text, so no mechanism can muck it up when transferring.
On the high end, Word for iOS is actually amazingly good. The compatibility with the desktop version is stunning, everything transfers 1:1. On my brand new iPad Pro, Word docs with all the works (images etc) look great. But there always has to be a caveat: While I can easily send Office docs from DTTG to Office on iOS, the “open in” mechanism does not exist in Word, so I can’t get the stuff back into DTTG without an online detour through Dropbox. Very annoying.