Byword free download for Mac


07 April 2019

Minimalist typing interface.


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.

  • 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

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9 Reviews of Byword

15 March 2012
Version: 1.5

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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?
03 May 2018
Version: 2.8.2
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.
21 December 2016
Version: 2.8
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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04 November 2015
Version: 2.5
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.
30 January 2015
Version: 2.3
As far as I'm concerned the best app for writing short pieces and publishing to Wordpress. This app gets me writing.
06 November 2012
Version: 1.5.2
Great for focused writing without distracting objects as icons, buttons, colors,... It just works!
19 March 2012
Version: 1.5
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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15 March 2012
Version: 1.5
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?
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27 August 2011
Version: 1.3.1
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.
14 March 2011
Version: 1.0
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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