Stay focused on writing with iA Writer [50 Essential iOS Apps #27]


iA Writer on iPad
iA Writer is perfect for bloggers and others writing on the go
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

50 Essential iOS Apps: iA Writer appThere are dozens of ways to write on iOS. Apple’s own Notes app offers a simple writing platform, while Pages allows for elaborate documents – complete with pictures. While both are good for certain tasks, more serious writers typically want something a little different. iA Writer offers more while doing less, making it the perfect text editor app.

What is iA Writer?

iA Writer is a plain text editor for iOS and Mac (there’s an Android and Windows version, too). Designed to help minimize distractions, the app features a clean, buttonless interface while you’re writing. Writing can be done in either plain text or markdown, allowing you to structure your document without toolbars and ribbons. The iOS app allows you to sync your documents over iCloud, and also supports creating or editing files from other cloud storage services through the Files app.

Why it’s great

iA Writer provides an extremely focused writing environment. The buttonless design, hidden title bar, and use of easy-to-read fonts make it great keeping you in the zone while writing. With “Focused Mode,” you can double down on distraction free writing by fading everything but the current sentence.

iA Writer on iPad and iPhone mode options
iA Writer’s focused mode helps you zone in on what you’re writing.
Screenshots: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

Another great feature of iA Writer is syntax highlighting. Unlike some plain text apps, iA Writer highlights English language syntax (nouns, verbs, adjectives etc.) to help keep your writing clear and accurate. Markdown formatting and highlighting add additional clarity to help you stay focused on your writing.

Another worthwhile feature of iA Writer is the rich text previewer. This allows you to quickly view your markdown with headings, bold or italic styles, and links. Documents can also be exported from iA Writer as html, Microsoft Word (.docx), PDF, or sent directly to WordPress or Medium.

Who it’s for

Anyone doing frequent, focused writing can benefit from iA Writer. While it isn’t a complex word processor for media-rich documents, it is great for bloggers or journalists looking to write in a more simple format.

Bottom line: iA Writer is the best writing app

iA Writer is the best writing app for either plain text or Markdown. If you’ve ever found word processor apps to be distracting, give iA Writer a try.

Price: $4.99

Download from: App Store

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