iA Writer

Developer: iA Labs GmbH

Current Version: 4.0.4

Last Updated: 3 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:

- Improved compatibility with future versions of macOS
- Fixed crashes


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 4.0.4
Review by Robbie Kelley

Replaces Ulysses - currently best Mac/iOS text editor - IAWriter offers an interface as good and clean as Ulysses, it offers the same icloud support, and you can easily export files from it for a FRACTION of the cost of Ulysses. Very happy with this product. I was not pleased with The Soulmen when they went subscription model shortly after I’d spent $100+ on their software across all my devices. They haven’t provided any real upgrades to their product in some time. I don’t see a reason to pay them a subscription. I don’t want to rent a text editor. Text editors are a very simple application and all I want from them is clean and attractive design, easy exporting, and icloud support that syncs across my devices. Not to mention that The Soulmen used shady tactics on the Apple store to erase all the negative reviews from their customers (removing their software and reuploading with no real difference other than version numbers).

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 4.0.4
Review by Nucvarian

Really great writing app! - My requirements for my writing are pretty simple: I need an editor that uses Markdown, uses flat-files (.txt or .md, nothing proprietary), and allows me to attach photos to each file. iA Writer passes my requirements with flying colors. I only have two things on my wish list though: a better way to organize files (thinking of Ulysses and Notebooks here), and a way to change the default editor font. But these are minor things when compared to how well iA Writer meets my requirements. I also like the options at the bottom of the main editor screen, where you can toggle between Format and Syntax. Very cool. And the fact it handles tables and various kinds of lists!!! And that it works on all my devices, so I can take my writing with me wherever I am, is wonderful. Just an overall superb application. All my writing, wherever it ends up, starts in iA Writer.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 4.0.4
Review by GFLogic

Tried to love…and could but can’t use. - I feel bad about writing this review because I loved typing in this app. I looked and looked at writing apps for a while; finally, I choose iA — The Focus Feature is excellent, and there is a fantastic content selection system at the bottom of the window. My one (out of three) 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 the way — that was six months ago. iA is clean and comfortable; it has power, but this poor navigation/organization system renders it disappointing. This app is useful for writing one page, not a book — or anything you write that has more than one page that you need titled and organized. My other negative criticism is I would like to see a button to switch between Syntax and Format (instead of a menu pull-down)— I also have enough screen real estate to display them both at once. Probably not meant for it so it’s not a big deal but the font-styling integration (is probably par for this type of app but it) is not friendly. Sorry, iA. I have been waiting months for something you said was (quickly) coming. I need to organize on the fly and have it replicated (exported/rathered mirrored) in the Finder. I can not do it with iA.

Found helpful by 10 out of 11 people
Version 4.0.4
Review by Rioter00

Great App - I’ve had this app for two years now. It’s great for focusing on writing. I typically write in this and then transfer to a processing app. The MarkDown capability is nice too. Definitely get this app if you want a clutter-free writing environment when you need to focus.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 4.0.4
Review by Edwin Barker

My Prefered Writing App - Many apps claim to have an expereience that is minimalist and keeps you focused on writing, but I know of only one where it was developed from the ground up to deliver on this claim. iA Writer is that app. It has been my go to writing app since it’s original release, and every update that has come since then has served the writer all the more to do one thing: keep writing. Buy it. Download it. Open it. Write with it. Repeat.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people