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Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac.

# Key features of Byword

- Designed to make writing more enjoyable using Markdown
- Sync text documents across all your Mac, iPhone, iPad devices
- Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts for extra efficiency
- Alternate dark theme for extra comfort in low-light situations
- The most complete Markdown support including footnotes, tables and cross-references
- Export documents to PDF and HTML documents
- Premium feature: Publish to WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, Scriptogram and Evernote

# Blog publishing — Premium only[^1]

Publish to WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, Scriptogram blogs and Evernote notebooks from Byword. Posting to your blog with Byword is as simples as:

1. Write something in Byword
2. Open File menu and select Publish
3. Confirm post title, tags, categories, etc.
4. Publish

[^1]: Requires a one-time in-app purchase to enable Premium on all your Mac devices. Enabling Premium upgrade on iOS requires a separate purchase.

# More features

- List continuations
- Typewriter scrolling mode
- Great text manipulation helpers
- Word and character counters with live update
- Spell and Grammar checking and Dictionary lookup
- Extensive VoiceOver API support for visual impaired users

Here are some ways to use Byword in your life:

- For posting to your blog without using clunky web interfaces
- For research, meeting and class notes
- To write that important email without being distracted
- To capture ideas and notes and have them available in all devices

# Enhanced for OS X Yosemite

- iCloud Drive: Sync your documents seamlessly across your devices and apps
- Handoff: Start writing on your iPhone and pick up where you left off when you sit down at your Mac
- Full-screen: Get even more immersed in your words
- Autosave: Time to stop worrying about saving your work
- Versions: Review past iterations of your compositions
- Resume: Always open your documents where you left off
- Tags: A powerful new way to organize your files

# Support

We are proud to provide a super friendly customer support over email. If you have suggestions or questions, please contact us using one the methods below.


What's New in Version 2.3

- Handoff for iCloud documents. If you are working on a iCloud document on your Mac, you can pick up exactly where you left off on your iPhone or iPad when you leave your desk.

- Support for iCloud Drive

- Improvements for OS X Yosemite


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Customer Reviews

If you write you NEED this

No matter what you write…poetry, fiction, essays, or blogs (so unpoetic that word “blog”) you need this application. For years I wanted to give up on the computer and return to the days of my manual typewriter. It was simpler and never got in the way of what I was trying to write. Byword has “line focus” which is as close to a typewriter as you can get in this day and age. Plus full screen and paragraph focus. This is a writer’s application. Who cares about all the bells and whistles, all those font choices…by the time you make all those decisions in Word whatever was in your mind pressing to be released his flown. I have this on every one of my Apple products and with iCloud the writing process is seamless. I can start a poem on my Macbook Air in my backyard, add a few lines on my phone at the Doctor’s waiting to see him, then late at night when the words so often come, I can grab my iPad off the nightstand and capture them. If only Apple made a device for the shower because that’s when the real writing comes, once your hair is full of shampoo. Listen up Tim Cook!

Versatile and good value

In the context of owning far too many text editing and word procesing programs (everything for Mac OS X except Microsoft Word), Byword is easily the most versatile. For simply sitting down and writing, it is increasinly my first choice. I write overnight concert reviews, and my favored working method has been to capture notes in nvALT, using Markdown, use Byword as my text editor for the fully realized review, and export it directly to the format my editors require. It is seamless and smooth, and the ability to connect to the iOS version is vital. Byword is also solid for writing and publishing to blogging platforms, though it is not my first choice, mostly out of along habit of using MarsEdit.

I recommend this to anyone who asks as the text application they should use, my lack of fifth star is that I cannot use it in my own work as an editor, it does not track changes in documents. But that’s a more specialized need, and for anyone who just needs to write and can use a word processor to prepare larger documents, Byword is what you want to use.

Excellent tool for just writing

I love the interface and features of Byword and have come to rely on it most for writing after much experiementation with popular alternatives such as WriteRoom, IA Writer, Typed, and others. In the end Byword gives me exactly what I want and nothing else. I typically use it in windowed mode, which is easy to read and set next to another item I’m working with, but occassionally go full screen for absolute immersion if I don’t need to reference anything else.

I also take advantage of the export feature to post writings elsewhere, typically grabbing the HTML export which is just right. On occassion I’ve had to access what I’ve written in Byword from another non-Mac machine and of course the text output is perfectly fungible in another app due to how cool Markdown is.

The only thing approach criticism I can say about Byword is that it doesn’t have tons of configuration options I can mess around with instead of doing work. It’s got enough presentation/view options to be perfectly functional but little else. This is a good thing of course if you’re trying to write something, but is a deterrent to my habits of procrastination. Maybe they should install a button or switch that does nothing just so I could click it when I want to mess around instead of being productive.

I will say that the application icon could be better, but I made my own so that’s taken care of now. Back to work.

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  • $11.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.3
  • Size: 3.9 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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