iA Writer 4+

Laser-focused writing

Information Architects AG

    • 4.8 • 1.5K Ratings
    • $49.99



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

“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 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

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 macOS 13 Ventura
- 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.

# Organize

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

# 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.

# Other Improvements

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

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

NathanD ,

I write more frequently because of this app.

I basically threw my money at the computer as soon as I saw a desktop version of iA Writer existed. The iOS version had already captured me, and being able to move between phone and computer was just what I needed. Every feature is built for writers, from easy and beautiful PDF exports to cloud storage to starting with a blank document ready as soon as the program opens. My favorite way to use it is in full-screen mode with Night Mode turned on, nothing but my words in white on a dark screen. I use iA Writer every day, and I’d go so far as to say that it’s made me a more productive writer, just because it has simplified the writing process for me so effectively. (It’s also been good to see it improve over time with smart and continuous updates, and my one and only request for support was answered quickly and solved easily.)

In short: I write more now that I have iA Writer on my machine, and I have never used a more elegant writing app. I’d give it 10 stars if I could.

Developer Response ,

Feedback like this is why we do what we do. Learning that people enjoy writing more because of our app is why we get up every morning looking forward to improve our app even more. In essence "Every feature is built for writers… it’s made me a more productive writer" was the initial vision for iA Writer, in a nutshell. It's beautiful to hear what we intended to achieve those who use our app daily. Thank you.

totalrecall9000 ,

One of my favorite apps for any writing

This app is awesome and has only gotten better. It works as a notes app OR as a serious writing app. I mean, I'll shift to Word before prepping something for like a serious submission, but besides that, I'm here if I can be here. It's clean and works well. I prefer it to Ulysses because I just want to write without a lot of fuss. iA saves files as .txt so you can grab them easily and open them anywhere. You can easily sort your stuff into folders or use tags for sorting. Overall this app is deceptive-- it looks like it doesn't do much, but it actually low key does everything that you need. I have a degree in creative writing (and I mean have been writing since I was kid) and also am a nascent app developer these days-- & from both perspectives I'm impressed with iA. If you need a clean app for writing and taking notes, here you go. I use it daily and it never disappoints.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the kind words 🥰 We appreciate the time taken to rate and share this!

JustARandomDmitry ,

A joy to use and write.

I remember I've been using iA Writer on iOS since version 1, and if my memory serves me well, it was perhaps first of a kind writing app back then; as other reviewers here, I immediately liked the "no fuss" approach, clean interface and attention to detail. All similar writing tools that started to appear later just didn't have this feeling of "rightness" for me.

Getting an OS X version made my life even better. This is pretty much my only writing app where I keep notes, technical docs, essays, whatever. With hashtags and library toolbar you can even use it for your Zettelkasten if you fancy. My only wish is extension of smart folder functionality with various filters. Maybe one day? :wink:

Seeing the continuing improvement of iA Writer by developers simply brings me joy. Much love and thank you for your dedication. I mean, where else do you get people making a custom (and good!) font for their editor?

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your longtime support of iA! A lot of work goes into an app like this and it feels nice to be appreciated in this way :-) For your feature request on Smart Folders, don't be shy to mail us at writer+featurerequest@ia.net with some details ;-)

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