“iA Writer creates a clean, simple and distraction-free writing environment for when you really need to focus on your words. It’s delightful to use” ***** The New York Times
“iA Writer is all about textual production – writing this phrase, this sentence, this word at this moment.” ***** WIRED
“A Writer is an example of how powerful simplicity and accessibility can be for creating commercially successful interfaces, applications or services.” ***** The Guardian

Best of App Store 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

# Unmatched Writing Experience
iA Writer removes distractions. Giving you a calm, focused, writing space, so you can express yourself clearly.

# Focus Mode and Syntax Control
iA Writer is famous for offering a deeper focus on your text. Its unique tools improve your writing style by honing your concentration: One sentence at a time, or by highlighting different parts of speech.

# All Your Documents on All Your Devices
With seamless Dropbox and iCloud sync, iA Writer keeps your documents safe and at hand on whatever device you are using when inspiration strikes.

# Simple Library
iA Writer now comes with an integrated library for all your documents. With a swipe to the right, ​you have easy access to all your texts in one place.

# Separation of Form and Function
With synchronized scrolling Preview, iA Writer consciously separates form and content. It optimizes plain text writing while offering stellar formatted export—with world-class typography.

# Features
- Integrated document Library
- Synchronized scrolling Markdown Preview
- Beautiful preview templates with curated fonts
- Add your own custom templates too
- Focus Mode fades all but the current sentence, for maximum concentration
- Convert formatting to Microsoft® Word .docx, and back again
- Embed pictures, tables, and textfiles
- Export formatting to HTML and beautifully styled PDF
- Share drafts to Medium and WordPress
- Auto Markdown formats text on-screen
- Night Mode
- Real-time iCloud and Dropbox sync
- Reading Time; plus sentence, word, and character count
- Customized for Retina displays
- Handoff support
- Full screen for total immersion in the text

# Contact
- Visit for more information
- Visit for support and feedback
- Let us know what you think on Twitter @iAWriter

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

What's New

Version 4.2.1

- Added support for tabs on macOS High Sierra
- Optimized preview for two most common modes: full size and 50/50 split with editor
- Improved transitions to full size preview
- Syntax control and focus mode states persist across relaunches
- Updated duospaced font
- Fixed an issue where templates could fail to install from iCloud Drive
- Fixed a crash in 4.2.1 hotfix
- Improved performance and stability

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

72 Ratings

72 Ratings

I write more frequently because of this app.


I basically threw my money at the computer as soon as I saw a desktop version of iA Writer existed. The iOS version had already captured me, and being able to move between phone and computer was just what I needed. Every feature is built for writers, from easy and beautiful PDF exports to cloud storage to starting with a blank document ready as soon as the program opens. My favorite way to use it is in full-screen mode with Night Mode turned on, nothing but my words in white on a dark screen. I use iA Writer every day, and I’d go so far as to say that it’s made me a more productive writer, just because it has simplified the writing process for me so effectively. (It’s also been good to see it improve over time with smart and continuous updates, and my one and only request for support was answered quickly and solved easily.)

In short: I write more now that I have iA Writer on my machine, and I have never used a more elegant writing app. I’d give it 10 stars if I could.

So much better than Ulysses. Plus a reccomendation for IA writer dev team


IA Writer is SO much better than Ulysses in terms of the writing/typing/composition interface. And the settings actually work and make sense. I tried and tried and tried to make Ulysses look half as good as IA writer on the screen, but despite being more expensive, that program is flawed.

★★ Here is a strong reccommendation for the IA Writer dev team however: when there is a conflict between documents (saved versions), it is pretty hard to decipher the differences between them using only the tiny images and timestamps provided. Of course the ideal would be a text comparison (which is easy given we’re dealing with plain text), or at least you should be able to scroll through the contents of each before committing, or having to save them all. I and more than a few users I know have lost valuable revisions because of this.

Excellent at what it is

Buckeye Mac

This is a solid application for plain text editing, with support for the common markdown format. It has a very minimal interface which can help some people (like me) concentrate on what they are writing, which can be a hurdle for a lot of creative or academic endeavors.

I also like that the application does not require any sign-up, sync, or social features. It saves to the file system or iCloud for macOS or a sync client to handle. I do not like my data being held a wide variety of vendors with poor privacy policies, poor export/transition options, or uncertain futures — rather than into my local system/local backup, etc.

I feel like this is a very “pro-consumer/pro-professional” developer and application.


Information Architects GmbH
12.4 MB
English, German, Japanese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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