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iA Writer is a digital writing tool that makes sure that all your thoughts go into the text instead of the program. Here is what makes iA Writer different:
  • Character: No preferences. It is how it is. It works like it works. Love it or hate it.
  • Signal vs Noise: Focus mode allows me to think, spell, and write one sentence at a time.
  • Speed: Writer works without mouse. Automarkdown formats semantic entities such as headlines, lists, bold, strong, block quotes written in markdown.
Note: Currently only Latin alphabet and Russian languages are supported more...

What's New

Version 1.5.1:
  • Microsoft Word 2007 <-> Markdown converter:
    • Import .docx to Markdown (Drag'n'drop)
    • Export Markdown to .docx
  • Extensive in-app help (Command-?)
  • Fully HTML5 compliant export
  • Reference link and image syntax support
  • Format bar and shortcuts
  • Print formatted option
  • Print header and page numbers
  • Asian input more...

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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Melis Member IconReview+11
Melis
+1

Thanks for the Retina support!
But still, the devs should take a look at Byword. It has much better work flow for writting.

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Version 1.4
Vangocambo Member IconReview+9
Vangocambo
+2

I love this app...there is no bell and whistle..just straight forward simple text editing with full screen...oh i love the focus mode.....Seriously for those who complain about the feature...go somewhere else like Page or Microsoft Word.

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Version 1.2.2
Helen.D Member IconReview+5
Helen.D
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Its make a great job of getting off noise from me. "No settings" feature (concept, failure, you named it).

But at the end of the day it's not matter how much "distraction free" sauce do you have. If you can write - you will write. If you can't write - even "focus mode" can't help you.

Five stars for concept realization, two starts for concept effectiveness.

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Version 1.2.2
gatovadio Member IconComment+0
gatovadio
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so app store apps can't copy apple apps but can copy one another?

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/42904/h|w-writer (it's waiting for patent on focus mode? didn't ia writer got there first?)

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/40912/clean-writer-pro

devs are going crazy with the apple store, not to mention a lot of bad looking game clones.

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Version 1.2.1
Zx81
+1

h|w Writer and IA writer, very similar icons, "screen capture", same feature for fading out what's outside the active paragraph...
Strange!

The concept of "lack-of-feature-is-a feature" is a formidable concept that could be extended to a huge amount of products :
Try to sell a laptop with this argument : "No matte screen option/no optical drive/ non-removable battery (or not removable without major surgery). It is how it is. It works like it works. Love it or hate it."

OMG, it's been done........

Zx81
+0

Don't bash me! I was just having fun.

Rajesh.coder Member IconReview+5
Rajesh.coder
+0

Concept is nice but there are problems.
Tried with somewhat weirad test and this is what happend. See the pic.
http://oi43.tinypic.com/2pzfpd2.jpg

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Version 1.2
walkerjo74 Member IconReview+5
walkerjo74
+3

This is a great tool for writers. The design is quite simple without any distractions. I really like the typography, lack of preferences, and simple functionality that this applications takes. When paired together with the iPad app and the new iCloud support, it works seamlessly. It's not good for all, but it's good enough for me.

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Version 1.2
xati-ba Member IconReview+237
xati-ba
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While an excellent software on the iPad, the mac version is quite useless and a big ripoff. Lack of features does not constitute a feature in itself, except in Kafka's literary works.

The interface is smooth and pleasurable to handle, which is why I've not given it a half star rating, but that's it.

I regularly have to write papers in French and was furious that this app does not even support simple accented characters like é or à which happen to come in several.

It is also a pity that considering the price, there is no support for asian languages or other scripts, but at least the app warned us of this beforehand, unlike with most of its faults.

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Version 1.1.2
Vangocambo
+0

Seriously, what part of SIMPLE don't you understand. We don't need all those feature...you need an app to put your text in...and write....the point is the distraction free...if you want all those feature..use M$crosoft Word or Page from Apple...

xati-ba
+3

@Vangocambo I think it is you who is confused by the meaning of the term" simple". This app lacked crucial features. In fact, the lack of something as essential as accents broke my concentration and I spent a frustrating 15 minutes trying to find a solution so I could actually write grammatically correct phrases. So much for "distraction free". Simple DOES NOT mean unusable.

I also find it supremely ironic that in one of your previous reviews for Bean (which I might add, an excellent program that does everything ia writer was supposed to and does it for FREE) you wrote the following:

"What i don't understand is that all u people keep saying the software great. Why is there a need for this software, if u don't like MS Word, then don't use it. It markets for other users who need it. U can use Textedit if you want unclutter wordprocessor, why bother clutter your system with new software."

Uh-huh. Funny that this could also have been a review for ia writer. If you want an uncluttered experience, use Textedit!

So either you don't know what you are talking about or you are a very effective troll, because I totally fell for you bait.

iPoopStore Member IconReview+134
iPoopStore
+4

This is just godawful. I agree with the negative commenters about iA Writer's shortcomings and how it resembles a high school project. I purchased this tool and immediately regretted it. It's not completed and too buggy. It is a disgrace that Apple doesn't allow comments why we asked for refunds or shows a running count of how many refunds were requested along with sales counts. I think it is a deceitful practice that Apple hides the stats of refunds. I don't like playing Russian Roulette on the App Store and being made to feel like every purchase I make is a gamble.

Thank you for that great suggestion NeroTheZero. I checked into OmmWriter Dāna II and you are bang on that it is a unique writing tool. I used the $9.99 I was refunded from Apple to donate to OmmWriter Dāna II instead.

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Version 1.1.2
Good2Go Member IconReview+29
Good2Go
+3

Where to even begin with this adventure into idiot-land.

Purchasing this app was my first experience with app store or as others call it correctly the crap store.

After what seemed like hours I finally got my app store account working correctly with my credit card and the validation email was finally sent to my email box. Without the validation email I wasn't allowed to login or make purchases yet. Any other email I recieve within seconds but this email from apple took over 30 minutes.

On with the purchase. I purchased the app after giving up trying to navigate the app store manually and used the search box. Installed iA Writer.

How did I like iA Writer? $9.99 for a minimalistic writing tool. I felt cheated after 5 minutes and demanded a refund from apple. My applications folder has installed stickies and textedit that offered more stabilty and real world features.

iA Writer is as polished as a high school kid's weekend programming project. I wasn't impressed I was being used as a guinea pig for unfinished software that cost more money than it will ever be worth.

Last year I donated to OmmWriter Dāna II and never felt cheated for the hard work and a truly unique minimalistic writing tool.

iA Writer is junk. It is a first year high school project at best. For $9.99 it's a rip off when you can use free alternatives already installed or much better alternatives.

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Version 1.1.2
Benjy_london
+3

Did you read the description of it before you bought it?

Raddle
+1

Your inability to comprehend the App Store is not relevant to this review. You come into this with SO many prejudices - and such a level of apparent incompetence (really, you found it that tough to register with the app store???) - that makes it hard to take your views on the actual software seriously.

Elijahcave Member IconReview+9
Elijahcave
+1

simple and great!

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Version 1.1.2
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Version 1.5
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Version 1.4
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Version 1.3
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Version 1.2
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Version 1.2
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Details

Downloads 7,379
Version Downloads 268
License Commercial
Date 06 Jan 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.99