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To download Byword from the Mac App Store, you need a Mac with OS X 10.6.6 or later. Learn More.


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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 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

[^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 El Capitan

- 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 2.5

# Publishing to Medium
- Publish stories to Medium (requires Premium in-app purchase to enable publishing);
- Stories should be text only (uploading images to Medium will be available soon);
- Set title, tags and publish status before publishing.

# Optimized for OS X El Capitan
- New application icon;
- New default font option (San Francisco);
- Improvements and bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

Jimmy Stanley

I was impressed with byword after viewing a tutorial on the internet by Mathew Mitchell—it was a combo teaching on Byword and Markdown. The part of Cross Reference Links really impressed me. I did not know I that can use Markdown to navigate a long document and to make a table of contents. I like font choice, expecially Gerogia 17 and I like the light and dark mode. I like everything about Byword so far. I even downloaded the premium option to go along with the regular version. I look forward to using it to export to Evernote.
I downloaded ia writer, classic, in August, 2015 The next month they came out with ia writer 3 and stated that they would provide no further compatibility updates for ia writer classic. My product lasted one month. I will never again buy a product from the company that makes ia writer, Information Architects, I think. I have all the information on them I need, than you very much. They have an extremely selfish business model. I removed ia writer from my dock.
I not only have a zero opinion of the company that makes ia writer, my opinion of Apple has declined. I cannot imagine that a great compnay like Apple would partner with a company that has no regard for their users/customers.
If you have byword, I would strongly recommend the tutorial video by Mathew Mitchell. He is a good teacher and the tutorial is just what I needed. You can google byword tutorial and the 24-minute video will pop up near the top. You will like byword.

Simple, elegant, and easy to use

I’ve used several Markdown and text editor apps over the past 5 years including Byword, iA Writer, Ulysses, Scrivener, Desk, and more. I always come back to Byword. It’s simple, easy to use, and gets out the way. I’ve written over a million words between Byword on my Mac and Editorial on my iPad (yes, a million) and the Dropbox sync couldn’t be better.

If you want a simple Markdown app that lets you focus on your words, Byword is one of the best options available, hands down.

Indispensible for My Writing Workflow

I use this app almost every time I need to write something and keep it.

If you use Markdown, you should use this app. That’s all there is to it.


The only gripe I have is that development of the app has waned in the past few years. Part of the problem for *any* developer who wants to support Markdown is that the markup languange itself is so fragmented. It runs the gamet of Gruber’s original spec on one end, all the way to the idealized CommonMark spec (nee “Standard Markdown”).

As the CommonMark spec starts to gain presidence, I hope the developers of Byword get on board. It would be nice for everyone to use one grand form of Markdown that all Markdown readers parse the same.

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  • $11.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 2.5
  • Size: 3.0 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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