iA Writer Classic
iA Writer Classic
2.1.6

3.6

iA Writer Classic free download for Mac

iA Writer Classic

2.1.6
15 March 2017

Distraction-free digital writing tool.

Overview

iA Writer Classic (was 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...).

What's new in iA Writer Classic

Version 2.1.6:
  • Compatibility update for Japan App Store

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18 iA Writer Classic Reviews

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Cerebrl
30 May 2011

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iA Writer seems cool, but some of the most important features that need to be clarified before I'll buy it is ... HOW DOES THIS PLAY WITH OTHER APPS? WHAT FORMAT DOES THIS SAVE IN? CAN I EXPORT IN HTML, RTF? I'm not willing to spend $18 to find out something that should be basic information on the app's page.
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Version 1.0.0
minimal-blue-sky
03 February 2015
Nice and elegant. Sometimes I just don't need all these features in Microsoft Word or Pages.
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Version 2.1.1
Melis
06 November 2012
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
stupidass
15 June 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.
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Version 1.2.2
Helen-D
14 June 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.
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Version 1.2.2
gatovadio
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.
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Version 1.2.1
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Zx81
Zx81
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........
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Zx81
Zx81
29 May 2012
Don't bash me! I was just having fun.
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Rajesh-coder
15 January 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
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Version 1.2
walkerjo74
13 December 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.
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Version 1.2
xati-ba
15 November 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.
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Version 1.1.2
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stupidass
stupidass
15 June 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...
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xati-ba
xati-ba
18 June 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.
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iPoopStore
14 September 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.
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Version 1.1.2
Good2Go
14 September 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.
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Version 1.1.2
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Benjy-london
Benjy-london
30 September 2011
Did you read the description of it before you bought it?
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Raddle
Raddle
30 November 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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