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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
- Publish to Medium, WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and Evernote

# Blog publishing

Publish to Medium, WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and Evernote 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 metadata
4. Publish

# 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 macOS Sierra

- Tabs: Merge multiple documents in one window (Window > Merge All Windows)
- 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
- Split screen: In case you need an extra window side by side for research
- 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 2.8

* Publishing features are now available to all users; in app purchase no longer needed;
* Support for publishing articles to your Medium publications;
* Bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

A very useful app

I use Byword all the time for any Markdown content. Granted, there are many apps that can be used for writing Markdown but I find Byword the most convenient as it allows me to quickly export my text as HTML and paste it into a web page. Also, I like the fact that I can work on the same text from different computers and tablets — I have a few of those.

One thing that could be improved is the speed of synchronisation between different devices. Sometimes, after working on a text from one computer, I switch to a different computer but the latest paragraph or two might still not be available there. This might have been already fixed though, as I haven’t noticed this problem recently, I only had it in the past.

A lovely text editor

I use a text editor to do almost all my typing in. It produces small files and there are versions for iOS too so I can work whereever I am.

Good for writers, good for the web

I use Byword every day at work, and although it took a little time to bed down into my routine, these days I won’t use anything else. My job requires the full range of writing for the web, and Byword makes the process that much easier. I’ve used a lot of text editors, but Byword remains.

I always got annoyed by the glut of buttons and toolbars in Microsoft Word — I only ever used a handful of them — and I found the interface distracting and unnecessarily complicated. Not to mention, Word is a horrible tool to use for online writing. I’d find myself using silly workarounds like putting links in brackets so they were easier to turn into anchor tags when the article eventually made it into an HTML file. Or I’d just give up, and write a completely unformatted chunk of text to be pasted into Sublime at the next stage. Then I tried writing in Sublime, Atom, or any of the more code-focused editors. Trouble is, reading prose in monospaced fonts is pretty awful, especially if you’re restricted to a particular number of characters per line. In a nutshell, I couldn’t find a way to write an article and get it online without using two or three tools, with lots of copying and pasting.

With Byword, there’s just language. Nothing else in the way. Choose your margin width and font, dark or light theme, and that’s it. It’s a lovely clean environment to write in, and I find my writing is faster and better when I do it in Byword. There are also lots of nice little features like typewriter mode and paragraph focus, which add finesse to the experience from a writer’s point of view.

Add in the Markdown capabilities (which I learnt as I went) and it becomes just as flexible for writing as other programs, but without all the bloat. If you find the Markdown distracting, one keyboard shortcut and you’re in preview mode, which is as clean as can be. The file sizes with plain text are much smaller too — sometimes the same article in Word is four or five times bigger. And if a colleague insists on reading something in Word, I can export from Byword with a couple of clicks.

When an article is ready for publishing, I can grab perfect HTML straight from the preview mode, with links, headings, emphasis, and unordered lists all laid out exactly as if I were marking up the HTML from scratch.

Byword would be worth using if it were just a writing tool, or just a web publishing editor. Luckily for me, it does both of these things extremely well.

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  • £11.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.8
  • Size: 3.2 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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