iA Writer 4+

Laser-focused writing

Information Architects AG

    • $49.99



“Leaving life’s mess for an ideal realm of words.” —The New Yorker

“My favorite iOS app for writing in Markdown, without question, is iA Writer. iA Writer is just beautiful. To me, it’s the gold standard for Markdown syntax styling... an elegant champagne flute. That’s iA Writer for me.” —John Gruber

“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.

# Customize
When you tap and hold a key in the command keyboard, you’re given the chance to choose your own layout. Rearrange your keys, or pick new ones from the extensive list.

# Search
You can open documents and launch frequent actions in no time with the new Quick Search. It lives in the keyboard so it’s always close at hand.

# 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

What’s New

Version 7.1.4

This update fixes a few small bugs. It includes all the great features in iA Writer 7.1:

- Major upgrade for iA Writer’s integration with Shortcuts
- 18 new actions to open, create, edit, and organize files
- This feature requires iPadOS 16.1, or iOS 16.1
- We’ve prepared a few practical shortcuts to show what’s possible, and to inspire you to create your own

# Open

- Open New: Opens a new note, ready to be saved to your Inbox folder as soon as you type.
- Add Diary Entry: Adds an entry to your Diary folder with the current date and time.
- Take Meeting Notes: Creates meeting notes document for your upcoming calendar event.
- Open Clipboard: Opens a new file with clipboard contents converted to Markdown.

# Save

- Dictate Text: Saves dictated text to your Inbox folder.
- Dictate To-Do: Saves dictated text to your To-Do file.
- Read Later: Saves a web article to your Read Later folder.
- Shazam: Shazam a song and save it to your Inbox folder.

# Current File

- Listen: Turns current file into audio.
- Copy Link: Copies a link that can be used to open current file from other apps.
- Translate: Translates a copy of the current file.

# Edit with ChatGPT

- Writing Assistant: Use ChatGPT as a conversation partner to improve your text.
- Proofread: Proofreads a copy of the current document.
- Shorten: Shortens a copy of the current document.
- Change Tone: Changes tone of a copy of the current document.

# Organize

- Duplicate Template: Duplicates a template file or folder and adds it to favorites.
- Search: Opens Quick Search with the provided query.

# Other Improvements

- Added top author percentage to stats
- Adjusted insert date actions to use system language

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Editors’ Choice

When we want to hunker down and type without distraction, one of our favorite resources is iA Writer. Substantially updated since its initial release, this writing app offers a customizable keyboard, selective text highlighting, iCloud sync, and many other features we’ve come to depend on. Plus, a streamlined interface lets you simply swipe left to preview a document and swipe right to access your library. The entire experience is designed to be quick and easy so you can focus on your work.

crestfallenDeus ,

Almost perfect!

This application coupled with an iPad Pro and a magic keyboard have, quite frankly, made my on-the-go writing experience... magical! I’m not a professional by any means, however, as a college student I have had almost nothing to complain about when using this application. My only grievance, you guessed it, is more customization! This means more fonts, more color palettes, and more storage solutions like Google Drive. I totally understand that IA Writer’s aim is to be minimal and focus driven, but more “optional” customization features wouldn’t hurt anyone in my opinion. Overall, this is a wonderful application as is. My only suggestions would be to look into the “show stats” feature as I don’t like how it hangs over your text indefinitely... maybe move the word count to a corner where it doesn’t interfere with your text or perhaps set it to timeout after a few seconds. Also, there’s a wonderful feature labeled “syntax highlight” that I believe shouldn’t be buried within settings but would be of greater use somewhere next to the “aA” button. All the colors hurt my eyes so I never turn it on for long, however, occasionally using the feature helps me identify a myriad of adjectives and nouns to replace without having to read my entire essay again!

Developer Response ,

We don't have plans to add much in the way of customizations to the editor itself. The idea is you spend your time writing and not twiddling settings. When it comes time to put some form around the content, you can use templates to get exactly what you want. You can build your own custom templates too—email us at support@ia.net if you want to know more. On Syntax Control, you can toggle this within the "aA" menu and it will show the last used combination of parts of speech you had turned on.

c.with ,

Pretty good, best feature is full Files support

Update: developers respond. My complaints, below, turn out to be due to a difference in philosophy with the devs. My four stars remain because I overall find this app less accessible than other similar ios markdown writers. But, I daily drive the app because it’s by far the best one I’ve found for my needs. Your mileage may vary, etc.

I chose this app because it can create and edit my files that are saved in icloud or google docs - just using Files integration. Perfect. Almost works like a “computer.” ;) The big weakness for me is the lack of a true WYSIWYG markdown experience, which my usual markdown app of choice, Obsidian, has. Other apps would let you type “- [ ] content” and then it would transform into just the checkbox when your cursor is somewhere else. Same with asterisks for bold, etc. My preference is to only see the formatting characters when my cursor is on the word. I’ve also noticed a bug where, for some reason, when I type the sentence “hand wash only and…” the word “only” renders as strikethrough in editor mode. It goes away when i switch to read-only, but again I’m used to other apps that negate the need to switch views all the time. I definitely recommend the app overall if anyone, like me, needs a solid markdown app that’s file-system agnostic.

Developer Response ,

We appreciate your review! Our intentional design choice involves steering clear of WYSIWYG, as we see it as distracting. Regarding the strikethrough in editor mode, it's not a bug; it's actually our Style Check feature. Perhaps you unintentionally enabled it? Find more information on our Support Site: https://ia.net/writer/support/editor/style-check

App Privacy

The developer, Information Architects AG, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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