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iA Writer

By iA Labs GmbH

Editors’ Choice

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“Beautiful and simple” ***** The Guardian
“Everything goes away except for the writing experience” ***** Stephen Fry
“Writer has out-innovated Apple” ***** Fast Company

Best of App Store 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

# Unmatched Writing Experience
iA Writer is designed to provide the best digital writing experience: Keep your hands on the keyboard and your mind in the text.

# Embed Pictures, Tables and Nest Textfiles
Include images from Library in your documents (.png, .gif, .jpg)—images are uploaded to Medium and WordPress when sharing a draft. Include comma separated value files as tables in your documents (.csv), or create advanced tables using MultiMarkdown. Build a manuscript from several chapters, embed source code files as code blocks, or nest text files into each other.

Note: Embedding only works for files in the same folder (or subfolders) as the master file. You can’t embed files in a parallel or higher directory.

# Swipe Right to 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.

# Swipe Left to Preview
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.

# 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.

# 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
- Also 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 in Version 4.0.3

- Various bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

The Best App for the Act of Writing

I’ve seen other reviews complain about the lack of features, and I feel iA Writer deserves a defense. I read comments like “. . . it’s the best app for writing, but . . . ,” and I think the reviews should stop at “best app for writing.” Are there “buts”? Of course—there always are—but in this case, the “buts” given almost always go on to complain about things the app doesn’t claim to do. iA Writer, from the very beginning of my acquaintance with it (my earliest document created with it was April 2012), claimed to create the perfect environment for *focused writing.* Over the years the app developers have continued to add features, but the fundamental claim has still remained. And it is still the best app *for writing.* It may not be the best for organization or for document layout, but in my opinion, it is still the best *for the act of writing.* (I have used Scrivener and Ulysses and Pages and MS Word and PageMaker and InDesign and TextEdit and TextWrangler and WordPerfect and on and on.) Almost any writing I do that is longer than a few sentences happens in iA Writer (and sometimes even my brief one- or two-sentence communiques find their life in iA Writer). If you purchase iA Writer for anything other than actual writing, it probably won’t meet your expectations. If you purchase it for actual writing, you will probably find it far exceeds your expectations.

Lovely Writing Application

I enjoy writing with the IA Writer application. It gives me a chance at focusing where otherwise distractions with the editor itself would pull me away from focusing on my writing.

If I had one significant quibble with the app, it would be to have a third view to select from other than Typewriter and Focus Mode. Whether it's a hardware issue with the latest version of Apple's MBP trackpad or something else, there's a tendency of the cursor to skip as I try and write. I find this issue exacerbatingly annoying. As I try and highlight a word or sentence, the cursor jumps to another line in the process causing unnecessary annoyance and frustration on my part.

If I could have a limited view where there's no focus or typewriter feature where I can just write without undue fuss, my enjoyment with the app would significantly increase.

Not subscription scheme based like Ulysses.

On Thursday Ulysses chose to hold their previous costumers hostage with their new subscription fee. Guess what Ulysses? There’s plenty of other options available, plus I didn’t need half the tools your software provided, all I needed was a distraction free text editor that could create PDF files. Found that just here with iA Writer.

P.S.- Ulysses app and Soulmen developers, you can keep your discount to yourselves, I don’t need your trash to be able to write, you can keep the money I paid for a functional app you flakes, that way you can afford your coffee.

iA Writer
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  • $9.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.0.3
  • Size: 11.7 MB
  • Languages: English, German, Japanese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor

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