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FioWriter - Productive text editor for iPhone & iPad with command keys and cloud sync

By Han Zhao

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*** Recommended in "Explore Your Creativity" by Editor of AppStore ***

"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


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.

3. Editing

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.

5. Punctuation

⌘ + space to bring up a bar with commonly used punctuation keys.

6. Symbols

⌥ + 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. Settings

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.

Happy writing.


What's New in Version 1.7

1. iOS 8 full support:iPhone & iPad
2. Text layout engine optimized for iOS 8 and iPhone 6
3. New Dropbox SDK, file transfer is more quick and stable
4. UI polish for command keys
5. Bugs in v1.6 crash report get fixed


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Customer Reviews

Very buggy, but the only option for me

This text editor is the only one I found for iPhone that has all I need for routine script editing, however it's full of glitches in the GUI, with views moving out of place, buttons being covered by the keyboard, and a 960 pixel-wide editing area on an iPhone 5s in landscape, wasting valuable screen real-estate.

It's not a wasted $5 for me, as the shortcuts, search, and line numbering features save me enough time to justify wasting some restarting the app repeatedly.

It's especially frustrating that such a well conceived commercial app has so many amateurish glitches.

good idea, but not compatible with keyboard

it's a really good idea to put so many enhanced shortcut to the editor, but for me I don't use virtual keyboard so much, I use bluetooth keyboard, this app's poor support to keyboard is really disappointed me...

at least you should let the virtual keyboard go away when I connected with my bluetooth keyboard...

Need more

I just love this app but something that missing is nightmode because it is very bright in dark place.
And maybe if you add hilight too is really good.
Thanks .

FioWriter - Productive text editor for iPhone & iPad with command keys and cloud sync
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 12.6 MB
  • Languages: English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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