iA Writer

Developer: iA Labs GmbH

Current Version: 4.0.2

Last Updated: 4 months ago

Download Size: 11.7 MB - Download


“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 ia.net/writer for more information
- Visit ia.net/writer/support for support and feedback
- Let us know what you think on Twitter @iAWriter

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


Release Notes:

- Defined CSS files as to be processed as code
- Fixed an issue where preview scroll bar could be invisible with some templates
- Fixed Strikethough menu item functionality
- Switched to system popup menu indicators
- Improved performance and stability


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.0
Review by font9b

Very opinionated app removed some of it’s defining features w/o warning - So IA Writer 2.0 had a very different application structure previous to this 3.0 update. This was by design and it may have been too polarizing. However, I was just getting used to it. Writer 2.0 enforced (lightly) a pedagogical approach to the writing process where one started with Notes then moved to Edits, then went to Write, and finally, Read. The actual functionality between each of these modes was absolutely the same, only the font and cursor color were different. The net effect was that it put one in the right frame of mind for each of the process contexts (supposedly). I tried this approach on a couple of projects where it proved at times awkward and other times brilliant. I was willing to give it a try and I liked it enough to embrace it again. Now in 3.0, the Notes → Edit → Write → Read construct is removed. Without warning. I am left to pick up my random Notes and Edits, Reads and Writes (each piece of text shows up in my filesystem as a different color icon) and try to put some structure back to these pieces. Writer’s 3.0 construct is overhauled and the Library and Preview panes have been added. I feel like I invested a bit of soul in the older way, and now that it’s been removed I’m feeling just a little bit abandoned because I still have plenty of text in the old construct that can’t be accessed and used in the same way.

Found helpful by 109 out of 114 people
Version 1.0
Review by dabbet

Totally misleading… Do not buy! - I don’t even know where to start… I never write app reviews, but this is really bad… There is a great idea behind this pro version, but the so-called innovations and features (as presented in the videos and feature descriptions on the website) are totally misleading. Here are some of the things that I noticed after using Writer Pro for a couple hours. - There is no workflow. All it does is change the color of your cursor and the font (arguably, the font associated with each stage isn’t the most appropriate, but I won’t comment on that). - The stages are not separated. They are only different views. There is going back and forth between your notes and your writing. - The “read” view is not a markdown preview? Seriously, this one is so obvious. I can’t even imagine what the thinking behind it was. - If you’re using iCloud, it also moves your file in the folder corresponding to the current stage of the document. It also won’t let you save it to your desired location on iCloud. - It still doesn’t handle lists (especially numbered lists) which is something that should be required in a note-taking stage (in my opinion). - The only feature that works as described and expected is the syntax one. I could continue, but I feel really annoyed and ripped off right now…

Found helpful by 610 out of 634 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 4.0.2
Review by _RG

User Suggestion + Review - I love almost everything about this application. It’s *ingeniously* designed, and the time taken to craft it over the years really shows — which is why the Library panel really surprises me. The filesystem navigation could be better. Specifically, I’d prefer to be able to see a tree structure of folders in the Library, like the "list" option in Finder that renders directories with arrows to the left. A tree structure would allow me to see multiple directories at once, which is really useful when I need to think about context. Furthermore, this kind of navigation would make it much easier to navigate. Currently, navigation is painful — one must click the icon at the top of the Library to travel. It takes two actions (clicks or swipes) to move from one directory to another at the same level. This feels cumbersome at best and really seems like a UX antipattern, which, again, is surprising considering the quality of the application in general and the developers’ reputation as UX masters. That said, this is the best writing application on the market. The editor is superlatively good. It’s even responsive to screen size. The mobile application is equally good, and the price of the pair is quite low compared to other writing tools. However, if you need strong organizational features, or if you compulsively tweak settings of everything you download: this is probably not the app for you. The Library panel needs work (see above), and more importantly, the strong conventions in this app mean that most arbitrary decisions have been made for you. While I hope the developers improve the Library, the other strong opinions this app has (and for the most part, doesn’t let you fiddle with) are actually refreshing. Choices about typography, background colors, formatting, etc are not the things you really should be worried about when you’re sitting down to write. Do you want to write, or do you want to configure your text editor? This is an app for people who prefer the former.

Found helpful by 9 out of 9 people
Version 4.0.2
Review by ekrus

Worked fine yesterday but... - Left it running overnight. This morning the process was consuming 99.8% of the CPU and had a memory size of 16GB. This for a 2-page document that was entirely text. After force-quitting it, removed the app and reinstalled it. Same problem. Rebooted the system. Same problem. Removed the app, and the file both on the SSD and in iCloud. Reinstalled the app, began creating another document. App back at 99.8% cpu with memory consumpting steadily rising. I really like the user interface of the app and it’s straightforward usability. I have no idea what’s wrong with it but it’s obviously useless at this point.

Found helpful by 8 out of 9 people
Version 4.0.2
Review by noisetosignal

Still my favorite - I’ve looked at a few of the other simple writing tools but IA writer stays ahead of the pack for me. They do the rare thing of adding features without crapping up the main point of the app (I’m looking at you, Evernote). All of those new things are there if I want them but the core of the experience is still pure, clean writing.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 4.0.2
Review by GFLogic

Very happy. - I looked and looked at writing apps for a while; finally, I choose iA — Not looking back and I am happy with my choice. The Focus Feature is excellent, and there is a fantastic content selection system at the bottom of the window. My one main complaint was the navigation system (or lack of) on the left, so I wrote them; they got right back to me and said my requests were on their way. iA is clean and comfortable; it has power, a well thought out interface, and a well-implemented feature set. My negative criticism is I would like to see a button to switch between Syntax and Format (instead of a menu pulldown)— I also have enough screen real estate to (optionally) display them both at the same time. I also would like to have a formatted only view. All in all, great app! Thank you! Well thought out and intelligent; I feel that way for having purchased it.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 4.0.2
Review by Societyinchaosx

Amazing - This app was well worth the $10. I normally do not take the time to write app reviews. But, as a college student who found this software extremely useful, I feel like my input could help out a fellow student. As a tech major, I often have to produce a lot of computer jargon that can become hard to look at after long periods of time. I have been looking for something simple yet elegant enough to get the job done, something that will help my work flow. I have Microsoft Word, Evernote, TextEdit, and more but this beats them all when it comes to drafting text. Software like Word have an abundance of features and are better for final publication and other things (in my opinion). Software like Evernote are great for keeping notes and thoughts organized and accessible. This on the other hand has a simplistically designed GUI that helps you focus on writing without any uneeded distractions. The focus mode is great for getting in the zone and increasing productivity. The syntax and format features are also great for visualizing your construction and writing style. The text styles are easy on the eyes and visually pleasing. If you are looking for a simple word processing app without any extra BS, consider this an option. It is really doing the job for me and although everyone’s work flow is different, maybe it can do the job for you. Thank you to the developers, you’re all the real MVPs.

Found helpful by 31 out of 31 people