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iA Writer

By Information Architects Inc.

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“A practically ideal writing environment” ***** NZZ
“I thought TextEdit was simple until I tried Writer” ***** Erik Spiekermann

- Convert Markdown to Microsoft® Word 2007 .docx, and back again
- Auto Markdown subtly formats your text on-screen without taking your hands off the keyboard
- Focus Mode helps you write one sentence at a time, one thought at a time
- Reading Time tells you how long it takes to read your text

A better tool doesn’t make a better craftsman, but a good tool makes working a pleasure.

- Focus Mode
- Full Screen
- Auto Markdown
- Reading Time, plus word and character count
- Custom typeface, carefully set for optimal readability
- Easy-to-find strong blue cursor
- Real-time iCloud sync with folder support
- Ready for Retina displays
- HTML-preview
- Markdown ⇄ Microsoft® Word 2007 converter

1. Currently ONLY LATIN ALPHABET LANGUAGES, GREEK AND RUSSIAN are officially supported (NO Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Hebrew, Arabic etc support… yet).
2. Writer has no settings: with Writer you cannot fumble with fonts and colors. All you can do is write.
3. Writer uses plain text files, such as .txt and .md in “UTF-8” encoding.

- Visit for information about Writer
- Visit for articles, support and discussion
- Let us know what you think on Twitter @iAWriter

We look forward to hearing from you!
— Information Architects Inc.

What's New in Version 1.5.1

- Microsoft® Word 2007 ⇄ Markdown converter:
-- Import .docx to Markdown (Drag’n’drop)
-- Export Markdown to .docx
- Extensive in-app help (Command-?)
- Fully HTML5 compliant export
- Reference link and image syntax support
- Format bar and shortcuts
- Print formatted option
- Print header and page numbers
- Asian input improvements
- Italics
- Performance improvements
- Export fix (1.5.1)

Please let us know at or on Twitter @iawriter


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Customer Reviews

Simple in a good way, but annoying in the long run

I like the the app for its simplicity— just type away! But there are some major annoyances that makes me not stick with this for writing. The first thing is the inability to pick font, especially font size. The authors of the app are deliberately *not* providing this feature for reasons that are simply ridiculous and arrogant (see their web site). It is frankly a pain that you can’t zoom in and out of your writing. Also while I like the short cuts for headers and bullets and so forth, I don’t like the default styling, specifically I find the fact that bullet lists are shifted out to the left really bizarre and visually unhelpful. I love the idea of chrome-less and simple writing tools- the antithesis of Microsoft Word’s distracting feature chaos- but I am not using IA Writer anymore for the reasons mentioned.

I am using it more and more.

I love the app. I use it to prepare lectures. I write them on my Mac and then deliver them from my iPad. For me it works great. It did take a little time to get use to the markdown way of writing. From other reviews I gather that it does not follow markdown standard completely but it works great for me. In previous versions my only annouce was printing from the Mac. They have added the freature to print the mark up view.

Let just say again that this app paired with the ipad version makes a great team. Write the document on the Mac or the iPad. Edit in both places.

The giant blue cursor is great. It makes it easy to see where your typing. After using iA Writer, I spent twenty minutes tyring to see if I could change the cursor in Pages and TextEdit (no).

Pretty lousy

I tried to love this app, but it just doesn't do the job.

It has a few problems that never seem to get fixed. First, no night mode. How is a writing application in 2014 STILL without such a basic feature? I don't care what the developer's "philosophy" is. Black text on a stark white background is blinding at night, and not having the option to invert text without resorting to using OS X's accessibilty "feature" is ridiculous.

Two, the program seems to pick and choose which part of Markdown it supports. It doesn't make sense.

Three, there’s no way to increase the text size in the editor. This is an inredibly arrogant decision by the developer, telling *me* what’s best for my eyes. Who does that?

With other great options out there, it's hard to recommend this app. Try Byword or Ulyssess III instead.

iA Writer
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Sep 07, 2013
  • Version: 1.5.1
  • Size: 2.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Information Architects Inc.

Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later

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