iA Writer

iA Writer

By Information Architects GmbH

Score: 4
From 654 Ratings


“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. # 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. # Quick Search You can open documents and launch frequent actions in no time with the new Quick Search. It lives in the keyboard so it’s always close at hand. # Robust Library With a swipe to the right you have easy access to all your texts in one place. You can keep things organized with Favorite and Smart folders too. And the Edit mode lets you select multiple files or folders to be batch moved, renamed or deleted. # Beautiful Preview iA Writer consciously separates form and content. It optimizes plain text writing while offering stellar formatted export—with world class typography. # Customizable Command Keyboard When you tap and hold a key in the command keyboard, you’re given the chance to choose your own layout. Rearrange your keys, or pick new ones from the extensive list. # All Your Documents on All Your Devices With seamless iCloud sync, iA Writer keeps your documents safe and at hand on whatever device you are using when inspiration strikes. iA Writer works with iOS 11’s Files app too, so you can open and edit text files from other apps and clouds. # Features - Focus Mode fades all but the current sentence, for maximum concentration - Quick Search for iCloud and documents from Files - Configurable Command Keyboard - Convert formatting to Microsoft® Word .docx - Also export formatting to HTML and beautifully styled PDF - Share to WordPress and Medium - Synchronized scrolling Markdown Preview - Beautiful Preview templates with curated fonts - Real-time iCloud sync - In-document Find and Replace - Auto Markdown formats text on-screen - Night Mode - Reading Time; plus sentence, word, and character count - Customized for Retina displays - Handoff support # 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.



  • Dropbox support is utterly broken

    By mrlauria
    I wanted to use this app so I could edit files on my Dropbox. It's utterly broken: if I edit the file on another computer, ia writer simply does not pick up on those changes. No matter what I tried, this app simply refused to update to the latest state of the text file in Dropbox.
  • Doesn’t work offline + developer doesn’t respond

    By baseliners
    Found out the hard way that I can’t type if I’m on a plane without internet access. Also have been reporting issues to developer on Twitter but they seem to ignore most of the time.
  • Writer is useless when all files are locked

    By jasonfarbman
    Can see all my documents on the MacBook. Can’t access a single one. Why did I pay for more frustration? Could be happily chirping along with google docs, notepad, or even Microsoft Word.
  • Almost Perfect for Dungeon Masters

    By C.Michael.Cooper
    Most of the writing I do is for large D&D campaigns that I work on where there are a lot of small markdown files organized into thematic folders, which this app is perfect for. The writing surface is clean, the lines of text are spaced perfectly and the default duospace font is relaxing to view in both day and night modes, particularly on a large iPad. I also particularly like how the markdown formatting symbols hang outside of the left margin of the text, which makes parsing documents with a lot of formatting much easier. The placement of formatting symbols is not perfectly right aligned outside of the margin, but that is a minor quibble with syntax that is designed to flow inline in a plain text file. Feature Request: The ability to add folders from other applications would make this app absolutely perfect. I use the Working Copy app to push all of my documents to Github and for version control. If iA Writer could add my Working Copy folders to the library, the writing experience and repository workflow would be sublime.
  • So disappointing.

    By Jackrabbit6179
    I had the previous, unsupported version of this app a few years ago, so, I figured that I would download the new. This new version crashes after only a sentence, and although I allows me to see what I’ve typed previously, it won’t let me re-open my work to keep going. I’m not sure what caused the app to do this, but it’s completely knocking me out of my flow. I wanted a distraction-free experience for writing. This no longer qualifies.
  • Almost perfect

    By cliffordpyncheon
    This is great if you want to draft in markdown and don’t mind living in iCloud. Will bump to five stars when footnotes in the docx export look like real docx footnotes!
  • Updates horrible

    By TheFrood
    I used to love this app and use it all the time. I have no idea what the developers are trying to accomplish with the most recent update. What used to be a seamless integration with my cloud storage is now overly complex, doesn’t update files, and refuses to work correctly. I truly have no clue what the developers are doing with this app now. It makes me regret ever having purchased it because I went from something I liked that was functional to something incomprehensible that is completely unable to open any of the documents ut used to edit all the time. It’s always sad when an app that was 4 or 5 stars has to be re-reviewed to be one star.
  • Slow to sync across devices • Hard to access old notes

    By kimbostbot
    I used to love IA writer but they recently changed their apps to default to iCloud syncing. Since I’ve been syncing my IA notes with Dropbox for over a year, it’s now very difficult to access my old notes and overall the app is incredibly slow to download or sync notes across devices.
  • Works Great For Me

    By Clurichaun
    One of those apps that gives you an uncluttered, distraction free place to just bust out on a writing jag. It is also a powerful tool for formatting if and when you need it, which makes this app the best of both worlds. I use it on my iPhone 8, iPad Pro and on a MacBook Pro and it syncs perfectly without any hassle. The developer is also not raping you with pricing or subscriptions although for further development I wouldn’t mind some IAPs or tip jar to show some gratitude for all of the dev’s hard work. There are also great tutorials if you want to take your writing to another level or format in a slew of different ways. PS: Don't know what the iCloud beef is about but I would prefer it to Dropbox, any day!
  • My Favorite Markdown Writing App

    By No_gluten
    I have been back in forth with many Markdown writing apps, and hands down IA Writer is my favorite across all my device. I like the short cut usage on on my devices Mac, iPad, and iPhone, make writing a breeze. The reason for the 4 stars is that I really wish the adaption of TextExpander would make my writing on my iPad and iPhone so much better, works very well on my Mac. I hope that in the future you adopt the TextExpander API, thank you again for a great well designed product.