iA Writer

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iA Writer is writing machine for iOS, Mac, and Android that inludes Dropbox and iCloud syncs, focus writing, formatting, Microsoft Word Import and Export, Syntax Control, and more.

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iA Writer review by Jenny H.
Jenny H.
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"So simple and easy to use, I would not use anything else"

What do you like best?

Since buying iA Writer for both my iPad initially and then following it up with the desktop version. The way this program syncs so quickly and seamlessly is fabulous, I can jump between devices and never have to worry about whether I'm editing an old copy. It's all just there good to go. This program is just so simple and easy to use. They've gotten rid of all the clutter that comes with most editors and kept it streamlined and simple. Perfect for focus!

What do you dislike?

A minor gripe is when you're scrolling through on an iPad, the title bar will appear and then disappear as you scroll up or down, this can get a bit janky and distracting at times but a minor thing at most.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking to focus on your writing and writing only then iA Writer is for you, it is such a simple app, beautifully streamlined and yet it works well and quickly in the background. If you need to sync between multiple devices instantly - then again, this is a great fit. If you're looking for simplicity and ease of use - then again, this app is perfect for that. No complaints here! There are some great options for writing preferences such as "focus mode" which only shows the sentence you're writing and the surrounding few sentences. Again, really great for writing!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Streamlined and focused writing, and writing on the go on any device - it doesn't get any better than this.

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iA Writer review by Wiljan S.
Wiljan S.
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"Awesome tool to write, being it little notes or larger stories"

What do you like best?

It's complete simplicity, not being able to change anything, but it just looking great. I've used it for so many things, daily to write down notes. A year ago I even wrote most of my graduation paper in IA Writer with markdown. Distraction-free writing is also great to totally immerse myself in the story I'm writing.

What do you dislike?

There's not much to dislike, IA Writer is the most simple tool you can think about. There is one single thing that needs fixed, but this could also be a markdown issue. When creating code blocks with backticks, the quotes inside the block are autocorrected to smart quotes. The dumb to smart quotes is great, but in code a smart quote causes errors when copying it back to a code editor.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Awesome tool to write markdown, I recommend it to everyone searching for a great writing experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I dislike large and bloated tools like Word to write text, it just seems slow. I'm a developer and thereby pretty familiar with markdown's syntax. I love the simplicity of the markup and the fact that it's plain text is great to use it on different systems and operating systems, there's nothing that can go wrong.

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iA Writer review by Pedro Ivo H.
Pedro Ivo H.
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"Just focus in the writing"

What do you like best?

The best thing about iA Writer is the interface, which is minimal. You don't need to worry about font size, or colors, or alignment, or any other visual aspect you might think, you just have to focus in your writing. This software uses Markdown, a simple text markup, to create the necessary hierarchy and give the appropriate importance for certain words, using titles, bold and italic. It will also give you a preview, so you get the chance to peak how it's going to look.

What do you dislike?

The things I don't like about this software, is that you need to pay separate from Desktop and Mobile, and you won't get free major updates, for example from version 2 to version 3. But that's a business model like everything else. It makes sense to be this way, if you think how much effort and thinking it's put into it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you like to write or take notes, and think that your current software distracts you from getting things done, you might consider giving iA Writer a shot. It's not an expensive software, will run smoothly in your machine and probably help you in your daily tasks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Daily routine of taking notes, writing articles about the work and organizing research by topics and links. It's clear to me that having almost no interface in a writing software, helps you concentrate in what really matters in that moment. You will get more things done by using it!

iA Writer review by Frank M.
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"Focus on the essentials"

What do you like best?

Fast, simple, and still powerful tool for authors like me. I'm using it on Mac, iPad, and iPhone. Quick notes can be made while away from the computer, notes or smaller writings with the iPad, and finishing on the computer. The synchronization of the documents works wonderful. Everything is fast, the usage of markdown makes it easy to keep the fingers on the keyboard, and the shown informations and grammatical analysis help a lot.

What do you dislike?

I have to admit, I found nothing bad so far. ;) It works like I want on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's no text processor, here you'll need different tools. But for the pure writing itself using iA Writer on all platforms is a good help.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm an author for technical books and magazines since many years. iA Write helped me a lot and increased my productivity.

iA Writer review by Brad C.
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"Pretty good markdown app with basic features"

What do you like best?

Writer has a clean look and markdown, but the best feature, and probably my only reason to still use it, is the syntax features. Writer comes with a pretty good font, but the change of the app from “Pro” to just iA Writer (different from the original) took away the notes mode that I liked a lot.

What do you dislike?

Writer changed from Pro (which had multiple document modes that were sort of useful) back to a simplified version with the syntax views intact. It doesn’t look as good as Ulysses and isn’t customizable. Document organization isn’t as good as Ulysses.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check out Ulysses. It does most of what Writer does (it lacks syntax views). Writer is solid, but Ulysses has many features and tools that Writer lacks, and can be customized to look exactly the way you want. Document organization is easier with Ulysses. Ulysses makes viewing long documents easier because you can color code the various headers and sections within a document.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Writer was my go-to app for copywriting and editing prior to switching to Ulysses. I still use it for some text documents that I get, but it just doesn’t do as good a job as Ulysses. Syntax works well.

iA Writer review by Nicklas d.
Nicklas d.
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"When I want to write something down, I write it in IA Writer"

What do you like best?

IA Writer is great for writing long or short pieces of prose, the typography is the real hallmark of this application, each mode you're in have a typeface chosen with great care, there are also some advanced features when editing your text, like the syntax mode that picks out the adjectives, nouns, verbs, etc. from your text to help you in editing the content.

The markdown support also works really well for my needs, and the cloud sync means that the files are always there, in the IA library, regardless of what machine I'm on.

What do you dislike?

I don't think I dislike any aspect of the app. It's important to note though that this isn't an editor you'd use for writing code, it's a plain text editor for writing prose.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the iOS version as well if you want sync across platforms

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Great for writing short notes or longer pieces of text, you don't even have to remember to save, the files are named and saved for you without you having to lift a finger

iA Writer review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Excellent Focused Markdown Editor"

What do you like best?

iA Writer is focused on providing the best plain text writing experience. While a range of features are available, the focus of the software is always the text, and helping the writer to focus on the text. The tool doesn't get in the way.

What do you dislike?

There's a lot of competition in this space, so it's hard to stand out. The iA Writer Classic is missing some helpful features, like real-time preview, while the paid version is a bit expensive, given the often cheaper competition.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a lot of plain text editors out there, and at this point most do an excellent job. Consider your full feature requirements before paying for one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For static site blogging (for example, Jekyll or Hugo), iA Writer is a great tool for developing posts. Similarly, it's serviceable for writing or editing Readme files. The ability to sync with Dropbox and use it on iOS means it also works quite well for smaller notes.

iA Writer review by Rodrigo N.
Rodrigo N.
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"Best distraction-free text editor I've encountered"

What do you like best?

The features that make iA Writer stand out with respect to similar alternatives are:

- iCloud support

- clean, simple, beautiful interface, distraction free interface

- perfect integration with iOS app

- very up-to-date

What do you dislike?

It is a little costly but the price is acceptable, given the benefits.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The price is OK because this text editor is amazing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Writing scientific papers, book chapters, e-mails, reports, evaluations.

iA Writer review by User in Food & Beverages
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"Perfect for multi device users!"

What do you like best?

I appreciate once you have the app it's yours! alleviating a annoyance with some other rentable writing programs. It has seamless transfer when switching from mobile to Mac and simple PDF exporting.

What do you dislike?

I have not found anything i dislike yet, the addition of a non mobile version has been a great addition.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

iA writer has created a balance between simplicity and full featured writing platform. No saving issues, lost data, seamless productivity. It's allowed me to be productive and not worry about forthcoming updates that can be confusing!

iA Writer review by User in Entertainment
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"Better Options Available"

What do you like best?

Not much to like, really. iA Writer is essentially a thought pad. Aside from it's Fountain support it is not very unique. I tried it on and off for a period of six months and never found it to be essential.

What do you dislike?

The cloud integration could use some improvement. Overall, it doesn't really have any standout features. Pages is a similar app that does many of the same thing, but it also does a lot more. Given the choice between the two, I would choose Pages.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are better options in this tier, such as Pages, MS-Word, Index Card, and Storyist.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used iA Writer mainly as a place to jot down ideas, whether they were creative or a means to improve aspects of workflow within our organization.

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