iA Writer
iA Writer


iA Writer free download for Mac

iA Writer

14 August 2019

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 5.2.8:
A Typographic Christmas:
  • New typeface in three flavors
  • Mono: Single character width, the classic
  • Duo: Two widths, freeing M and W
  • Quattro: Four widths, for a cleaner text image
  • Over 1,000 optical variations seamlessly adapt to provide the best writing experience in any environment
  • 14 text sizes in Editor and Preview
  • Many Chinese, Japanese, and Korean typography improvements, including emphasis dots
  • Bold, italic, and strikethrough commands are much more reliable and work inside words
  • High quality math equation typesetting in Preview using KaTeX
Library Locations:
  • Now support Desktop & Documents in iCloud
  • Can be added from anywhere in iCloud Drive
Fully-Featured Export to Microsoft Word:
  • Rebuilt from the ground up
  • Compatible with Microsoft Word 2007 or newer, Apple Pages, and Google Docs
  • Supports local images, footnotes, citations, page breaks, tables, math, headings, unordered lists, ordered lists, task lists, definition lists, blockquotes, bold, italic, CJK emphasis, strikethrough, superscript, subscript, links, horizontal rules, code
Other Improvements:
  • Added sharing to Ghost
  • Added visible filename when switching between tabs with hidden title bar
  • Copy URL command to open files from menu in Library
  • Command-Click links in Editor
  • Use - to exclude words from searches: -microsoft word
  • Inline code command
  • Typing suggestions can be enabled in Touch Bar
  • Korean and Russian localizations
  • Added help articles
  • Better hashtag detection

17 iA Writer Reviews

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26 December 2013

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Love the concept, but with no trial version how can one objectively decide whether it will work for them? Especially a writing app. Most of the MAS reviews are not good regarding version 1.0 (current version as of my writing this comment).
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Version 1.0
04 June 2019
Better than Scrivener because I focus on writing now. Links would be nice though.
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.
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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
13 November 2015
No demo version = no purchase.
Like (1)
Version 3.0.3


App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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