Byword
Byword
2.9.2

4.8

Byword free download for Mac

Byword

2.9.2
07 April 2019

Minimalist typing interface.

Overview

Byword starts with a clean, full-screen interface that lets you start typing right away--no templates to choose, no type settings to tune, no spacing to adjust. Everything is already prepared for you.

Features
  • Full-screen interface
  • Focus mode to highlight only the few lines nearby the cursor-you will love this
  • 5 beautiful typography presets optimized for legibility and readability
  • Plain text (TXT) and rich text (RTF) editing
  • Special selection functions to facilitate text manipulation
  • Convenient keyboard shortcuts to quickly make changes
  • In-place formatting options presented in a contextual popover
  • User-interface accessory views fade away when typing
  • Integrated find and replace
  • Printing and exporting to PDF

What's new in Byword

Version 2.9.2:
  • Bug fixes

9 Byword Reviews

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Mikebenda
15 March 2012

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Remember when word processors like WordPerfect (and all other software) came in boxes that you had to drive to the store to purchase, cost $400, had no refund policy, and people didn't constantly complain about it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect
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Version 1.5
Gazman
03 May 2018
This is my goto writing app. It hasn't changed a huge amount over the years, but it doesn't need to. It has everything I want in a writing app - full-screen mode, typewriter scrolling, line focus mode and a choice between dark and light modes as well as page width. It is such a great app to get you writing because once you open a new document, especially in full-screen mode, it's just you and a blank page.
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Version 2.8.2
Funjoy
21 December 2016
Price is temporarily $5.99 (down from $11.99, which it's been at since 2/2015) and they've made free the in-app purchase publishing features. They also reduced the price of the iOS version to $2.99 (down from the $5.99 it's been at since 3/2015) and eliminated the IAP from it as well. Together, for $8.98 you get a solid cross-platform solution that beats apps like IA writer ($9.99, and $3.99 for iOS app) or (the quirky but more full-featured) Ulysses, which costs $44.99 for the Mac app and a whopping $69.98 for the Mac/iOS combo.
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Version 2.8
6 answer(s)
Funjoy
Funjoy
13 June 2017
Update: although I liked (and continue to like) Byword, I ended up finding the iOS app to have some annoying quirks, and I ended up dumping it in favor of IA Writer, which I find rock solid, cleaner, and more pleasurable in which to write.
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Bumbleb
Bumbleb
15 August 2017
Hey Funjoy

Can you elaborate a bit on the quirks in Byword? I already own iA Writer but am contemplating getting Byword. There's no demo/trial, so I'd appreciate your input on Byword.

Oliver
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Funjoy
Funjoy
16 August 2017
Hi Bumbleb, there were a few rough edges but I'll mention one in the iOS that annoyed me: you cannot change capitalization/non-capitalization of filenames in Byword once created. Even if you change the capitalization for a file that's in Dropbox, say, Byword keeps the name under the old caps/non-caps spelling. I contacted them about it, they acknowledged and just shrugged it off.

Devs seem to have put Byword into maintenance mode. iOS app updated 6 weeks ago but only to adopt new Dropbox rules, no real changes to app in months. Mac app hasn't been updated since December 2016. Byword's Twitter feed @bywordapp died that month too.

Basically I found that on iOS IA Writer did everything I used Byword for, didn't have those quirks, used a beautiful embedded font, works great.

But I've also recently signed up for Ulysses's new subscription-price Mac/iOS bundle. Too early to tell if I'll switch from IA Writer, but Ulysses has more features and more user configurability.
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Bumbleb
Bumbleb
17 August 2017
Thanks for getting back to me with your reply. The annoyances you mention are the kind that will often only reveal themselves along the way, so I'm grateful to be spared the wasted time discovering them myself.

If you're ok with the subscription scheme, Ulysses is a fine app that I've enjoyed using for a few years now. I don't like subscriptions for Mac apps at all though, and Ulysses recently messed up the sync of A LOT of my documents/sheets. It says there's a sync conflict of two versions. Problem is: one of the versions make zero sense! It says f.e. "Heidi's MacBook, Nov. 16th, 2012" ... well, Heidi (my girlfriend) didn't HAVE a MacBook in 2012. She got one in 2015. Obviously a bug and not my fault at all.

Resolving those sync conflicts is a manual labor, and one that'll take me perhaps an hour of straining work to resolve.

Ulysses' support forgot to address the issue in my first email to them, and in the next, they said I'd have to solve it myself or revert to a backup.

So the sudden subscription-ordeal was the deserved nail in the coffin for my relationship with Ulysses. Sadly so, as it's a great app, otherwise.

Out of curiosity: have you tried Scrivener? I own a license for it, but every time I decide to use it, I end up looking for, and fiddling with, its gazillion settings.

On one hand, I think it could be a killer app for me, once I get it set up the way I want it. On the other, I fear I'd always be fiddling with settings, rather than be writing.

Thoughts?
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Funjoy
Funjoy
19 August 2017
Scrivener is great but learning it can be quite daunting. I recommend that you check out free video training at skillshare, or video training at Udemy (wait for them to send their monthly $10-coupon emails).

Scrivener is excellent for long-form writing, but I am not enamored with it outlining (I use a separate outliner) and, even after using it for a couple of years I find it sometimes impenetrably obtuse. Be aware that a new version is expected later this year.

Sorry to hear about your problems with Ulysses.

If it weren't for some writing features in IA Writer and Ulysses that I *love* like paragraph highlighting (with all other text going dark) and decent Markdown wysiwyg, I'd probably still be using BBedit for my writing.
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Bumbleb
Bumbleb
24 August 2017
I already own both Scrivener and iA Writer, so for the last week I've been spending time with each app. Scrivener makes me insane with its gazillion options. It's not for me.

So now I'm with iA Writer.

Thanks for chiming in Funboy! Much appreciated!

Oliver
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ysgad
04 November 2015
Considering the number of people leaving comments like "glorified TextEdit" and "Pages does the same thing in full screen mode", maybe the description of Byword should be clear that it handles directly markdown and multimarkdown. It is, after all, the main reason why you would adopt an application like Byword or IA writer, Ulysses, Texts, Typora, etc.
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Version 2.5
Gazman
30 January 2015
As far as I'm concerned the best app for writing short pieces and publishing to Wordpress. This app gets me writing.
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Version 2.3
Melis
06 November 2012
Great for focused writing without distracting objects as icons, buttons, colors,... It just works!
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Version 1.5.2
THEE:LEE
19 March 2012
It's beautiful and distract free, but not sure if it's worth $9.99 for a glorified look of TextEdit
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Version 1.5
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ysgad
ysgad
04 November 2015
They don't really compare, do they? When TextEdit directly handle markdown and multimarkdown, then we can compare. Not yet.
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Mikebenda
15 March 2012
Remember when word processors like WordPerfect (and all other software) came in boxes that you had to drive to the store to purchase, cost $400, had no refund policy, and people didn't constantly complain about it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect
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Version 1.5
2 answer(s)
Valrus
Valrus
14 April 2012
Guess what? It's 2012 now.
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Mikebenda
Mikebenda
12 June 2012
Right. That means that everything should be perfect, immediate, and free or else people will complain about how unfair and horrible it all is.
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cpoetter
27 August 2011
For a long time I was looking for a simple text editor that supports my writing flow. Byword seems to be that app. It highlights just a few lines of text around the cursor so that I can focus on that part of the text. Also it works great in a regular window as well as fullscreen. Furthermore it fully supports Lion's autosave and resume functions which feel a bit strange at the beginning but when I got used to them they're perfect for writing. Last but not least Byword supports Markdown including HTML preview. Byword is actually the first text editor I use regularly. It just feels right.
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Version 1.3.1
iGMX
14 March 2011
If you already have Pages installed, just go to Full Screen View to get the same thing. Full screen typing is not worth $2.99 imho.
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Version 1.0
4 answer(s)
-M-S-
-M-S-
14 March 2011
And if you don't have Pages?
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EduDeLaPlata
EduDeLaPlata
04 May 2011
Misha: Just try Bean in Fullscreen (Cmd Shift F) and you’ll be surprised. The first time I did it, I was stunned with the amazing view. From a plain black on white text, Bean presented me a beautiful Blue background and my font turned white, scaling up automatically perfectly. A real full screen beauty, with only a tiny bar at the bottom with words an chars count, and the useful Zoom Slider, in case you need to make the font bigger or smaller. And whilst not visible, you can always point to top of the screen to make the Menu bar appear, giving you full features without leaving your full screen at all (even when you switch to another application and return to your Bean document) :)
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ysgad
ysgad
04 November 2015
Except that Pages does not do markdown or multimarkdown... That is the main reason why people buy Byword.
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Uncoy
Uncoy
11 February 2016
Actually these days apparently it's worth $11.99. Ouch. Mou is free and amazing. With Markdown.
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  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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