iA Writer
iA Writer


iA Writer free download for Mac

iA Writer

17 March 2020

Professional writing suite (was iA Writer Pro).


iA Writer (was iA Writer Pro) is a professional writing suite that gives you full control over your notes, drafts and edits.

  • Workflow: Note - Write - Edit - Read. Each stage has a task-specific typeface and color.
  • Syntax Control scans the syntax of English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish text and highlights your adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions or conjunctions.
  • Precision Writing Tools:
    • Auto Markdown formats text on-screen -- your hands stay on the keyboard
    • Syntax Control introduces syntactic markup for natural language text. It covers English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Patent pending.
    • Convert Markdown to Microsoft Word 2007 .docx, and back again
  • Workflow states
  • Custom typefaces, carefully set for optimal readability
  • In-app preview
  • Reading time, plus sentence, word, and character count
  • Real-time iCloud sync
  • Ready for Retina displays
  • Full-screen

What's new in iA Writer

Version 5.4.5:
Export Improvements
  • Share, export, publish, print, and copy directly from context menu in Library
  • Added Copy Markdown action (includes Content Blocks)
  • Share any file to other apps
  • Word export keeps headings on the same page as the following paragraph
Other Improvements
  • Updated to KaTeX 0.11.1 and added mhchem and copy-tex extensions
  • Fixed an issue where bullet lists were imported from Word as ordered lists
  • Added icons for preferences panes
  • Fixed an issue where key commands for window switching were not working with some keyboard layouts
  • Fixed an issue where new windows caused existing partially offscreen windows to move
  • Excluded node_modules from indexing
  • Fixed an issue where some Smart Folders with multiple search rules did not work
  • Improved internal link detection for automatic heading identifiers

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18 iA Writer Reviews

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04 June 2019

Most helpful

Better than Scrivener because I focus on writing now. Links would be nice though.
Like (1)
Version 5.2.7
10 February 2020
Excellent application if you want to boost your productivity while writing. Templates are quite good as well.
Like (1)
Version 5.4.3
04 June 2019
Better than Scrivener because I focus on writing now. Links would be nice though.
Like (1)
Version 5.2.7
26 October 2018
A very helpful writing tool that helps me focus on the content rather than on its presentation.
Version 5.1.3
01 June 2018
Is this app worth the price? I do a lot of writing but I am not sure if I should purchase it or not.
Version 5.0
3 answer(s)
03 June 2018
That depends upon what makes you unsatisfied with your current writing setup. iA Writer is a well-designed app that adroitly handles markdown-style editing and writing. The company continues to improve it. There is an excellent iOS companion app. They even have a Windows app now. The recent addition of the Organizer panel is a nice improvement. But there are other, cheaper options, such as LightPaper, which is also a nice app.
Like (1)
04 June 2018
Can you explain to me what markdown is and why I would want to use it? I have heard others talk about it before and I know that I could Google it, but how it works never seems to click with me.
21 September 2018
In reply to your question, Markdown was designed to quickly and simply format text as you write. There are plenty of markup languages already like RTF and HTML, but Markdown formatting tags were also designed to be very easy to read and write. For info see:

For me iA Writer is worth it for the simplified writing environment, and for the organizational features like the Favorites sidebar. But I don't really used the Markdown formatting very much, it doesn't fit my needs even though iA Writer can export to other formats. (I think what I need to do is learn to customize the. templates). But I think it's a great environment for fast writing in plain unformatted text. If I did not do that a lot, I would just use TextEdit in plain text mode. Which I still use for some things.

For heavy duty formatted writing I still use Word. But Word is just too much sometimes for simple writing.
Like (1)
09 February 2018
Version 4.1.3
06 October 2017
This app appears to have doubled in price. It's now $19.99. Looks like the macupdate page needs updating.
Version 4.0.4
26 July 2017
Although I haven't used some of the more epensive direct competition like Ulysses (though I own the previous version) or the unlocked version of Bear Notes, I am very pleased with IA Writer for much of my writing. It's beautiful (custom font, design, even little things like the blue cursor), it's powerful (able to insert links to graphics, pdfs and more) and it's well designed and stable.

I hope to soon try out the publish-to-Wordpress functionality that's built in.

I wish there were some more user customizations but it's a solid app and works beautifully with its iOS version too.
Like (2)
Version 4.0.3
30 November 2016
not bad
Version 4.0
14 October 2016
Without an Outline panel, I've had to discard this app for editing long documents; that is to say, for all my writing. I've replaced it with Typora.
And for pre-production Marked 2 is better. Though once I have it, I may try to use iA Writer to highlight adjectives, nouns, etc. That's it.
Like (1)
Version 3.2.6
1 answer(s)
15 August 2017
I agree. An outliner is so helpful. Sad that so few writing apps have one.
02 March 2016
iA Writer Pro is a fine app. It does what it claims. It's a no frills word processor for creative ones. I use it regularly. I have never had problems with the software's quality.
Version 3.1.2