FioWriter - Productive text editor for iPhone & iPad with command keys and cloud sync
By Han Zhao
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"FioWriter might be just the thing for you. Handsome, minimal and functional." - Cult of Mac review
"Hard not to love. One of the best." - US user review
"For rapid text generation I haven't found anything better faster or more flexible." - UK user review
"Just so perfect, please don't ever ever change it." - Spain user review
"A writer's best friend. This app is amazing … making it much easier to use the iPad for productive work." - US user review
"It is simple, it is reliable and enjoyable." - France user review
"It's replaced my laptop editor." - User email
FioWriter is a productive text editor for iPhone & iPad, powered with shortcut keys (⌘ ⌥ ⌃ ⇧), iCloud and Dropbox.
It brings back the desktop editing experience to iPhone & iPad with shortcut keys (command ⌘, control ⌃, option ⌥ and shift ⇧), find & replace, fast scrolling, fine-grained cursor move, autosave and cloud sync. All these will combine together to let you take control - pour your thought on the screen smoothly.
You can now tap the '+' button on the toolbar to begin editing and exploring. Or you can read on for a guided tour.
1. Move around quickly
1) ⌘ + f to find words.
2) ⌘ + l to jump to a line.
3) ⌘ + j to scroll cursor back when it's off screen.
4) For long text which couldn't fit in one screen, touch on the right side of the screen to show the fast scroller.
5) Tap on the status bar to scroll to the top.
2. Cursor control
With shortcut keys, you can precisely move cursor around in unit of character, word, sentence, paragraph, or whole article.
1) ⌃ + f / ⌃ + b to move forward or backward one character.
2) ⌥ + f / ⌥ + b to move forward or backward one word.
3) ⌥ + a / ⌥ + e to move forward or backward one sentence.
4) ⌃ + a / ⌃ + e to move to paragraph begin or end.
5) ⌥ + ⌃ + a / ⌥ + ⌃ + e to move to the begin or end of the article.
1) ⌘ + a to select all text.
2) ⌘ + c to copy selected text.
3) ⌘ + v to paste.
4) ⌘ + x to cut selected text.
5) ⌃ + ⇧ + f / ⌃ + ⇧ + b to select one character forward or backward.
6) ⌥ + h / ⌥ + d to delete one word or forward delete one word.
7) ⌃ + k to delete to paragraph end.
There are more than thirty shortcuts for editing and cursor control. Press ⌘ + ? on iPad (or slide left on iPhone) to find all of them. (Yes, if you are a Mac user, you will be familiar with most of them).
4. Find & replace
⌘ + f to find and ⌘ + ⌥ + f to replace.
When there's multiple search result, you can navigate to next via ⌘ + g or previous via ⌘ + ⇧ + g.
⌘ + space to bring up a bar with commonly used punctuation keys.
⌥ + space will show a collection of symbols for currency, trademark and mathematic. If you use some symbols more frequently, there's shortcuts for all of them too (e.g. ⌥ + p for π, ⌥ + w for Σ).
7. Built-in dictionary
⌘ + ⌃ + d will show the definition of the word under the cursor (from iOS built-in dictionary). If you want to define a phrase, just select several words and press the shortcut keys.
8. Word count
⌘ + i will show the statistic of the article in editing, including character count, word count & line number.
9. iCloud & Dropbox sync
When creating a new document, you can choose to sync with iCloud or Dropbox. Anytime online, there's always a copy be saved safely in the cloud.
You can also edit offline. Next time when FioWriter launches and the network is available, it'll sync all the offline changes automatically.
10. Fullscreen editing
Zoom in with two fingers will hide toolbar and status bar - now you can stay focus in fullscreen. (hint: ⌘ + ⌃ + f).
11. TextExpander Support
Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion.
For customize font & size, keyboard accessory, auto caps lock and other editing settings.
Now you've got a glimpse of FioWriter. It's time to tap the '+' on the toolbar (or press ⌘ + n) to start your next great novel, paper or shopping list.
What's New in Version 1.6
In three words: iOS 7 ready.
- New look & feel for iOS 7
- New text layout engine based on TextKit framework
- Now the layout is much faster, more accurate and more beautiful
- The find & replace, goto line are both improved greatly
- Motion effect for text info (command + i), shortcut fan buttons, and fullscreen button
- Share via AirDrop
- iCloud file moving/copying, will create invalid file path
- On iPhone, when tap too quickly, the command key's glowing effect will stop draining
- Cmd + o (open), Cmd + p (print) will make text view content size wrong
- Empty folder message auto sizing is wrong in landscape
- On iPhone, add disclosure indicator in the right fold menu
- on iPhone, when switch keyboard from character to number/punct, refill glowing cmd key: so you won't need to hurry when you trying to type commands like font size changing (cmd + '+'/'-')
- TextExpander is disabled temporarily - When SmileSoftware (the TextExpander author) releases a new version with proper snippet sharing mechanism on iOS 7, I'll add it back ASAP.
Decent app, but buggy
Great concept, poor execution. Does not interface well with my bluetooth keyboard; will not recognize any command key shortcuts used on the keyboard.
App often crashes or glitches. Do not reccoment.
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- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Sep 16, 2013
- Version: 1.6
- Size: 11.4 MB
- Languages: English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Seller: Han Zhao
- © 2012 Han Zhao
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.