iA Writer
iA Writer 1.5.1
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Distraction-free digital writing tool.   Commercial ($9.99)
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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
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 improvements
  • Italics
  • Performance improvements
  • Export fix (1.5.1)
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 more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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iA Writer User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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burypromote
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Melis reviewed on 06 Nov 2012
Thanks for the Retina support!
But still, the devs should take a look at Byword. It has much better work flow for writting.
[Version 1.4]


burypromote
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Vangocambo reviewed on 15 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 1.2.2]


burypromote

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Helen.D reviewed on 14 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 1.2.2]


burypromote
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gatovadio commented on 16 May 2012
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.
[Version 1.2.1]

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burypromote
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Zx81 replied on 29 May 2012
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........
burypromote

+254
Zx81 replied on 29 May 2012
Don't bash me! I was just having fun.
burypromote
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Rajesh.coder reviewed on 15 Jan 2012
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
[Version 1.2]


burypromote
+3

+5

walkerjo74 reviewed on 12 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 1.2]


burypromote

+147

xati-ba reviewed on 15 Nov 2011
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.
[Version 1.1.2]

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burypromote
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Vangocambo replied on 15 Jun 2012
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...
burypromote
+2

+147
xati-ba replied on 18 Jun 2012
@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.
burypromote
+1

+72
Stoneman commented on 14 Sep 2011
Writing is too individual an experience to expect users to buy an app without being able to try it first. If this had a trial period, I'd give it a go. But I don't see the point without.
[Version 1.1.2]


burypromote
+3

-16

iPoopStore reviewed on 14 Sep 2011
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.
[Version 1.1.2]


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+12

Good2Go reviewed on 14 Sep 2011
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.
[Version 1.1.2]

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burypromote
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+5
Benjy_london replied on 30 Sep 2011
Did you read the description of it before you bought it?
burypromote
+1

+118
Raddle replied on 30 Nov 2011
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.
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Blaf71 rated on 31 Aug 2013

[Version 1.5]



JamesBond9408 rated on 13 Mar 2013

[Version 1.4]



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Craigin rated on 20 Jul 2012

[Version 1.3]



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Cjbolland rated on 26 Jan 2012

[Version 1.2]



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s.peter rated on 12 Jan 2012

[Version 1.2]



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Max01 rated on 20 Jul 2011

[Version 1.0.1]



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Spherical Cube rated on 04 Jul 2011

[Version 1.0.1]



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@timi rated on 15 Jun 2011

[Version 1.0.1]



iA rated on 15 Jun 2011

[Version 1.0.1]


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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 (no Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Hebrew, Arabian...).

Character: No Preferences
One of our goals was to create a writing app without settings. When opening Writer, all you can do is write. The only option you have is full screen and FocusMode.

Signal vs. Noise: Focus Mode (patent pending)
In Focus Mode you write one sentence at a time. Why? It's a common pattern, that, instead of following the voice and fleshing out the text in one go, people start editing before the text is done. This is because we're more easily distracted by signals similar to those we produce (text), than by signals that are different (the browser icon).

How to Use It: Writing one sentence at a time goes hand-in-hand with this rule of thumb for good writing: one thought per sentence. You might not like it because it's not your thing. Fair enough. But if you ever get caught in one of those moments where the big white empty window scares you or when you get stuck in the middle of a text, try Focus Mode.

Speed: No Mouse
Auto Markdown will help you to format texts without letting off your keyboard. It's easy. You can learn it in 30 seconds:
  • # Headline 1
  • ## Headline 2
  • ### Headline 3
  • 1. Numbered lists
  • - Hyphenated Lists
  • * Starred lists
  • We also use *emphasis* and **strong**
Last but not least we use the Markdown for block quotes to make sure that quotes stand out as they are supposed to.

Auto Markdown automatically formats the Markdown language. The advantage is that you don't need to use your mouse to create semantic structure.

To increase the pleasure of writing is exactly what we intended when creating Writer. A better tool doesn't make a better craftsman, but a good tool makes working a pleasure.


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