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iA Writer

iA Writer

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The Markdown Writing App

4.0 Ratings 1K+ Reviews

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The Markdown Writing App
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Ratings & Reviews

4.0
1.4K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    70%
  2. 4
    10%
  3. 3
    5%
  4. 2
    4%
  5. 1
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  • Almost Perfect for Dungeon Masters Mar 20, 2018

    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.
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  • Good, needs better cloud integration (onedrive,etc), tags support, and TOC sidebar Jun 17, 2018

    By dimitarsp
    I tried pretty much all note taking and writing apps available, and I have finally decided to use IA writer. However, i am keeping my notes and writing system as platform agnostic as possible. So, at the moment, I am storing files in OneDrive. Going through the app to get to the location where my note files are stored is a major UI bottleneck. There should be a way to bookmark a location so I can easily add new files in the given location, and search all files and sub files. There are two other features that will make this the absolute best note taking and writing app: - tags. There should be an easy way to add tags and to search through the tags available in the documents in the chosen location. - Table of contents. I know that it’s possible to use {{TOC}} tag to display table of contents, but another app - MWeb goes a step further and shows the Table of contents in the sidebar. Having this feature in this app would further improve the workflow of writing beautifully and in a much more organized manner.
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  • Great but needs collaborative elements Nov 11, 2019

    By Cane700
    This is a great app. The way i use it is to formulate templates, Balance elements in each paragraph, and then i used grammerly For spell check. The only complaint i have is The lack of integration in other apps. I mostly use notion these days but some times i still want to proof read in AI and with grammerly but, i dont want to switch from app to app, nor use side card. It would be better if the two businesses collaborated and created extensions from each app with key features. For example, i dont need all three app to be up at the same time. It would be nice to see what nouns, and verbs are present with out leaving notion. It would also be more cohesive if they had the same keyboard extensions, and grammerly wasn’t docked on the on-screen keyboard especially when using a Bluetooth keyboard. I think its possible for all three companies to collaborate in the same way other businesses have been able to with Fleep and slack. Other than that, no complaints
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  • Everything is excellent, except one small thing :-) Jan 6, 2019

    By Darwi07
    Everything about this app is excellent. All the transitions are really instantaneous and latency-free! Unlike Apple's Notes app, the keyboard latency here (something important for fast types) is also excellent. There's no lag between a letter press and its rendering on the screen. This is not a small achievement. My only issue with the app is that in the iPad landscape mode, vertical screen state is very precious. When using iA in landscape, the extra keyboard bar takes a very precious area of state. Combine this with the fact of big fonts and line spacing used by iA (which are lovely), and you get only around 8 lines of text to view while writing, which is quite limited. I wish if an option to minimize (or remove) their keyboard bar exists. A small gesture to minimize that tall bar down would be enough.
    more
  • Nice app for quick writing Dec 3, 2017

    By FredsterHere
    I've tried several writing programs including Ulysses, ByWord, and Scrivener. I gave up on Ulysses after they went to subscription model. ByWord is very nice app, and I support it greatly, but I really want file management within an app, not outside of it. I also want a program that quickly starts and is ready to start writing. ByWord needs interaction (just a click) and Scrivener is a true word processor, so it seems I needed a program for some quick and random notes. Apple Notes is also nice, but I like the idea of being able to back up actually files, Apple Notes concerned me a bit about this. Apple Notes doesn’t feel like a writing program either, that’s just my opinion. So far, IA Writer has been solid. It types quickly and it helps me maintain my writing flow. I do wish we could rearrange files manually in any order we wanted to. I also miss a feature that Scrivener and Ulysses both have which is the ability to select multiple files and see/edit them as one long file.
    more
  • Font Experiment Spoils Perfect App Jan 8, 2019

    By andremora
    The latest update removes the primary font the app has used for almost a decade. It’s not an option, just gone, replaced by a typography experiment that may be worthy but would be better left as an option or for a graduate thesis project. The fonts, a modification of IBM Plex, are a clear downgrade. While that is my subjective opinion, it seems objectively strange to remove the typeface that this app has championed for so long. Writer debuted with the premise of few if any user preferences. It was a welcomed change to writing environments muddied with options. But what happens when the user has limited preferences and the creators’ unlimited? This: an app that is otherwise perfect but now rendered unusable. I will return to Writer when the original font is brought back as an option.
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  • beyond my needs Nov 2, 2018

    By Normskul
    I have been using the older version and had decided to pop $5 for the upgrade. It seemed to work well enough at first. Then I tried to transfer files from my older version it did not work. No big deal, so I wrote a small piece of nonsense and tried to transfer it to Pages. I could find no way to do this. I do not have Microsoft Word as that costs and Pages sufficiently polishes my prose. I should have kept it simple. I have since sent this app to the clouds. I would appreciate it if I could get my five dollars back. This all happened on my iPad Pro. Pages is on this machine too. I can understand you wanting to think big, but my needs are small. I have gotten rid of file savers as they have gotten so complicated I could not find where what it is I had sent landed. Look out Dropbox.
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  • Almost Perfect for Dungeon Masters Mar 20, 2018

    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.
    more
  • Great but needs collaborative elements Nov 11, 2019

    By Cane700
    This is a great app. The way i use it is to formulate templates, Balance elements in each paragraph, and then i used grammerly For spell check. The only complaint i have is The lack of integration in other apps. I mostly use notion these days but some times i still want to proof read in AI and with grammerly but, i dont want to switch from app to app, nor use side card. It would be better if the two businesses collaborated and created extensions from each app with key features. For example, i dont need all three app to be up at the same time. It would be nice to see what nouns, and verbs are present with out leaving notion. It would also be more cohesive if they had the same keyboard extensions, and grammerly wasn’t docked on the on-screen keyboard especially when using a Bluetooth keyboard. I think its possible for all three companies to collaborate in the same way other businesses have been able to with Fleep and slack. Other than that, no complaints
    more
  • Everything is excellent, except one small thing :-) Jan 6, 2019

    By Darwi07
    Everything about this app is excellent. All the transitions are really instantaneous and latency-free! Unlike Apple's Notes app, the keyboard latency here (something important for fast types) is also excellent. There's no lag between a letter press and its rendering on the screen. This is not a small achievement. My only issue with the app is that in the iPad landscape mode, vertical screen state is very precious. When using iA in landscape, the extra keyboard bar takes a very precious area of state. Combine this with the fact of big fonts and line spacing used by iA (which are lovely), and you get only around 8 lines of text to view while writing, which is quite limited. I wish if an option to minimize (or remove) their keyboard bar exists. A small gesture to minimize that tall bar down would be enough.
    more
  • Essential Sep 20, 2020

    By howDT
    I still pinch myself whenever I load up iA Writer, because this app is that good. It’s the entire reason my iPad is my main device. And every time I open the app after it updates, I’m greeted with the most incredible new features. We’ve gone from “simple” syntax highlighting to the newest feature that reaches through the screen and slaps you across the face if you type a literary cliche. In real-time. Every other writing app has the audacity to do some ridiculous monthly fee, but not this app. I stopped counting the years I’ve been using this app, and I probably paid 2 bucks for it. PLEASE let me donate to you. I would be more than happy to for what I’ve gotten out of this app over the years. And if you ever switch to a subscription model I will end it all, because this app is the only good left in this world.
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  • Simply perfect Oct 21, 2018

    By Hunter Holder
    “Minimal markdown editors” are all over the place, and at this point are markedly unspecial. iA Writer, however, is noteworthy because of the perfect execution of the UI. It’s distraction-free, of course, but it’s also extremely well-organized and easy to use as an actual writing tool. You can do things like write all of the chapters of a book in separate files, then link them together within one master file with a TOC, and reuse any of those sections wherever you need. You can enter Focus Mode, which can fade out everything outside of the current line or current paragraph. You can add tags in case folders just aren’t good enough. You can customize those shortcuts on top of your keyboard for quick access to the stuff you use most often. You can highlight nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and conjunctions to easily see if you’re using too much of something. You can do automation with webhooks, like putting your new contacts into a table. There are tons of cool features, and it’s still easy and quick to use. These guys definitely care about good design, and always think of ways to make things better, which makes me really enthused every time this app gets an update. Awesome job!
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  • Good, needs better cloud integration (onedrive,etc), tags support, and TOC sidebar Jun 17, 2018

    By dimitarsp
    I tried pretty much all note taking and writing apps available, and I have finally decided to use IA writer. However, i am keeping my notes and writing system as platform agnostic as possible. So, at the moment, I am storing files in OneDrive. Going through the app to get to the location where my note files are stored is a major UI bottleneck. There should be a way to bookmark a location so I can easily add new files in the given location, and search all files and sub files. There are two other features that will make this the absolute best note taking and writing app: - tags. There should be an easy way to add tags and to search through the tags available in the documents in the chosen location. - Table of contents. I know that it’s possible to use {{TOC}} tag to display table of contents, but another app - MWeb goes a step further and shows the Table of contents in the sidebar. Having this feature in this app would further improve the workflow of writing beautifully and in a much more organized manner.
    more
  • Nice app for quick writing Dec 3, 2017

    By FredsterHere
    I've tried several writing programs including Ulysses, ByWord, and Scrivener. I gave up on Ulysses after they went to subscription model. ByWord is very nice app, and I support it greatly, but I really want file management within an app, not outside of it. I also want a program that quickly starts and is ready to start writing. ByWord needs interaction (just a click) and Scrivener is a true word processor, so it seems I needed a program for some quick and random notes. Apple Notes is also nice, but I like the idea of being able to back up actually files, Apple Notes concerned me a bit about this. Apple Notes doesn’t feel like a writing program either, that’s just my opinion. So far, IA Writer has been solid. It types quickly and it helps me maintain my writing flow. I do wish we could rearrange files manually in any order we wanted to. I also miss a feature that Scrivener and Ulysses both have which is the ability to select multiple files and see/edit them as one long file.
    more
  • Great, lightweight writing app May 5, 2020

    By 4jalee
    I love the simplicity of this app!I have never used markdown or any markdown text editing apps, so take my review with that in mind. I am also using the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard Case to type with this app. The focus mode is nice, and I like that it has some buttons for markdown ready on the bottom right corner, like inserting a link. I wish there was a way to edit the size of photos or images, but I suppose this app isn’t made for that kind of thing. One gripe I have that I hope gets fixed in a future update, is that sometimes when I write... the screen keeps moving up and down in little increments with each letter that I type out, which makes it very distracting when I write (even when I’m in focus mode). It’s like someone is constantly wobbling my screen up and down when I type. If this bug could be fixed (it’s a bug, certainly not a feature) then I’d give it 5 stars. I’m also a little disappointed cause I paid for the app and it seems to have this problem, but I know that there is always an opportunity for the developers to update it so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I would also love it if it had Google Drive or One Drive sync (as in, I could save directly onto Google drive instead of just pulling from it).
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  • Text selection, iPad keyboard buggy Feb 23, 2019

    By virtualshock
    Since this is a writing app, it’s important to be able to select sections of text for editing. Unfortunately, text selection seems to not be well implemented on iPhone or iPad. Unlike the text field in other apps like Notes, where you can drag the grab handles to select words or lines of text very precisely, in iA Writer, there’s no precision to the selection. For example, when I drag the grab handle down *slightly* to select the next line of text, the whole view starts scrolling very quickly until the entire document is selected. The same issue happens when using the iOS keyboard-turned-trackpad mechanism. On iPad, things are even worse: in addition to the issues above, whenever I hide the iPad keyboard, the text view jumps to different parts of the document, forcing me to scroll back to where I left off each time. It’s difficult to understand how these kinds of issues were not found/fixed before this app was released.
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  • Font Experiment Spoils Perfect App Jan 8, 2019

    By andremora
    The latest update removes the primary font the app has used for almost a decade. It’s not an option, just gone, replaced by a typography experiment that may be worthy but would be better left as an option or for a graduate thesis project. The fonts, a modification of IBM Plex, are a clear downgrade. While that is my subjective opinion, it seems objectively strange to remove the typeface that this app has championed for so long. Writer debuted with the premise of few if any user preferences. It was a welcomed change to writing environments muddied with options. But what happens when the user has limited preferences and the creators’ unlimited? This: an app that is otherwise perfect but now rendered unusable. I will return to Writer when the original font is brought back as an option.
    more
  • beyond my needs Nov 2, 2018

    By Normskul
    I have been using the older version and had decided to pop $5 for the upgrade. It seemed to work well enough at first. Then I tried to transfer files from my older version it did not work. No big deal, so I wrote a small piece of nonsense and tried to transfer it to Pages. I could find no way to do this. I do not have Microsoft Word as that costs and Pages sufficiently polishes my prose. I should have kept it simple. I have since sent this app to the clouds. I would appreciate it if I could get my five dollars back. This all happened on my iPad Pro. Pages is on this machine too. I can understand you wanting to think big, but my needs are small. I have gotten rid of file savers as they have gotten so complicated I could not find where what it is I had sent landed. Look out Dropbox.
    more

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