iA Writer

iA Writer

By Information Architects GmbH

Score: 4.5
From 949 Ratings


“iA Writer creates a clean, simple and distraction-free writing environment for when you really need to focus on your words.” ***** The New York Times “iA Writer is an example of how powerful simplicity and accessibility can be.” ***** The Guardian “iA Writer is all about textual production—writing this phrase, this sentence, this word at this moment.” ***** WIRED 4 x Best of App Store Winner # The Simple Writing App iA Writer removes distractions. Giving you a calm, focused, writing space, so you can express yourself clearly. # Focus Focus Mode dims everything but the current sentence or paragraph, helping you stay in the flow. # Start Don’t worry about the format. First, write in plain text. Then preview in HTML. # Organize Search, sort, and quickly swap between documents from different clouds without leaving the window. # Work iA Writer includes an inverted light-on-dark-mode, perfect for working day and night. # Clean Spot superfluous adjectives, weak verbs, repetitive nouns, false conjunctions and clean your text of the usual rumble. # Shape Customize your templates and export to WordPress or Medium, HTML, Microsoft Word (.docx), or PDF. # 100% Text Embed links, pictures, tables and text files in plain text and see them in preview. # Get in Touch - Visit ia.net/writer for more information - Visit ia.net/writer/support for support and feedback - Let us know what you think on Twitter @iAWriter



  • Intuitive, Powerful, Seamless

    By Tao-ish
    Intuitive, powerful, extensible and seamless between macOS and iOS. Simply a pleasure to write with, on either platform. The organizational interface and structure just makes sense. iA Writer makes my day, every day.
  • Good solid app, some caveats

    By Jeremy H5
    This is my main writing program and I like it. It's not perfect however, and I consider them a bit too rigid in their philosophy of typefonts. I would prefer a little bit more softer font that is not as harsh or jagged on the eyes. I understand it's supposed to be better for writing, but it just doesnt *feel* better for writing, if that makes sense. The fonts are kind of like a distraction-free mode that you cannot toggle off if you prefer something else. If it were up to me I'd prefer to have different fonts for different circumstances. Such as nice, clear, and beautiful fonts, for "inspiration mode," and the regular slower, Duospace fonts for "focus mode." Otherwise, everything else about it is pretty much perfect, the UI, buttons, and everything else is very well placed.
  • Bad experience

    By Thinkrad
    Slow text selection for copy/paste, viewport GLITCHES up and down, and various other UI/hotkey abnormalities. Liked the iOS version, though.
  • Clean, Brilliant & DARK

    By Alathil
    Purely from the point of view of a writer (stories, novels, nonfiction), iA Writer is exactly that minimally intrusive drafting partner I have been looking for. I also have to say, support is incredibly responsive. I got started using a dark background a million years ogo when Word had a (nasty looking) version of this, then found WriteRoom –– alas, no more iOS support –– and now iA Writer is my go to for zenning out that critical first draft on up through a couple of revisions. If a clean, pure words-on-a-blackboard look is your style, look no further.
  • The most futureproof writing app

    By Squid and Whale
    This is by far the most well-designed writing app I've ever used. The app is feature rich, but unlike other writing apps, it doesn't feel bloated. New features are added only reluctantly, and with lots of care, so the implementation feels meticulously crafted. The end result is an app that is a joy to write with. A little talked about killer feature of iA writer is how futureproof it is. This is because it uses ordinary text files (or .md, etc.) that can be opened with almost any text editing program. One thing that always stressed me out about other writing apps is that they use proprietary formats. What happens to your journal when in 10 years the app is no longer maintained? What happens when, like Ulysses, your workflow is locked behind a $60 a year subscription? iA writer is super consumer friendly in this regard. Despite the use of ordinary text files without embedded meta-data, the app doesn't want for a library, search, and even a very clever tagging system. For me, futureproofing is non-negotiable. I write to express, but I also write to remember. It's hugely comforting to know that my files are not locked up in a specific app.
  • It's a good writing app!

    By 1everage
    I've very much enjoyed using this application to write. I bought it ages ago when I had a few extra dollars in credit on the iTunes store, and it's served perfectly as a space where I could draft emails, journal my thoughts, and write responses to surveys before actually entering them into forms. It's also been incredibly useful when it comes to character and word count assignments, given it's handy and easily-viewable bar at the bottom that takes no extra effort to access. It is not the main way I write, but it has given me a place to write away from Word and Google Docs, and aesthetically, it feels very pressure-free. If you're looking for something to use that is outside the realm of popular writing apps and feels comfortable and simple to use, I'd recommend it. It definitley has more uses than I use it for, but its simplicity is there if you want it.
  • In and out

    By joscobo
    I find I use this App for taking quick notes, free writing more important documents and I'm learning markdown. I like having it on my phone and computer. It does what it does well.
  • Best way I have found to get words from my head to the screen.

    By zzrg777
    Non-subscription, fair priced, very, very good at what it does. I don't have to think much about the program or how to use it. I can just focus on my writing. I really like the simplicity and how much thought and effort went into creating that simplicity. It's my goto program on the Mac and where I've been keeping my journal lately which is to say I use it a lot, up to an hour every day. I hope this program never radically changes it's pricing, its functionality, or becomes unsupported. Right now I think it's one of the best things in the App Store for getting words from my head onto the screen.
  • iA Writer

    By cdkii
    #Yay — This newest update with hashtag support is a game-changer for my workflow, and adds the sidebar hashtag sorting to iA Writer that I liked about another markdown app, Bear. iA Writer became my default markdown app for note-taking after 'Ulysses' tried to force-feed their existing users a subscription model. I have no issues with paid upgrades, but text editors aren't in an app category that I'm willing to 'rent.' To me, some of the main selling points of iA Writer are: 1.) The developer has shown respect for their customers and listen to user feedback. 2.) They have been fair with upgrade pricing in the past when I've purchaed iA Writer (renamed iA Writer Classic) & iA Writer Pro (which transitioned into this current app) on both iOS & macOS. 3.) The dark UI is gorgeous (and the blue blinking curser marker is weirdly soothing). 4.) They haven't yet succumbed to the subscription model that is plaguing the App Store. I have no issues buying software and paying for upgrades, but there's a special place in hell for subscription-based software that isn't offering any 'service' other than providing bug fixes.
  • The sidebar gets some love

    By penkapp
    Huge thumbs up! The sidebar was looking a little empty for a while, but then Iain added favorites. Nice. Now, with tags and smart folders I am searching less. Well done.