Simpletext is available as a universal purchase, which means you only have to purchase once to use it on all your devices, including Mac, iPad and iPhone.
The Simplest Writing App for Mac, iPad and iPhone
There are many writing apps for you to choose from today, so why bother with yet another one? Because Simpletext is different. It combines absolute simplicity with a beautiful writing experience to make you fall in love with writing again.
Simpletext started as a passion project because I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Most apps were trying to do too much and ended up bloated with features I don’t need. So I built Simpletext based on a simple premise — what if there’s an app that refuses to do more, choosing instead to do just one thing, and do it well? For Simpletext, that one thing is writing.
At the core of Simpletext is a belief that a writing app should, above all else, inspires you to write. To achieve that, Simpletext is designed based on four cornerstone principles:
1. Zero Clutter
Simpletext provides a blank canvas to write with absolutely nothing to distract you from writing. There’s no visual clutter — the intent is to create a quiet space that helps you connect with your voice and get into the flow.
2. Beautiful Typography
Simpletext comes with three professional fonts for you to choose from, handpicked to provide the finest writing experience. They are: (1) Akkurat Mono by Lineto (Monospaced); (2) Graphik by Commercial Type (Sans Serif); and (3) Valkyrie by MB Type (Serif).
3. Plain Text
Simpletext supports only plain text, which is lightweight and platform independent. It will never have rich text formatting, images, tables, etc — the focus is solely on writing, not formatting. This also ensures your words are always accessible on every device, now and in the future.
4. Fully Native
Simpletext is a fully native app developed in Swift and runs natively on Apple silicon. It uses only Apple’s framework and UI components, the way they’re designed to be used without any custom workarounds. This means less code, less bugs and better overall performance.
Here's What Others Have to Say
“This app does everything it says on the tin. It is not meant to do a lot, but what it does it does very well. It is well designed and suits well those who want to focus on writing and avoid dealing with formatting, proprietary file types and hidden saving locations. It produces and edits .txt files, which will probably be around for as long as there are computers, and saves them in plain sight. Five stars.”
“I’ve tried all sorts of writing apps but Simpletext is definitely the best of all. So grateful for your dedication and those productivity tips in the blog post are so good. Simpletext is such a joy to use.”
- LWL Art Studio
“A writing app that is as simple as stated, beautiful to write with and opens and closes wherever you want. Simple tweaks are easily accessible, if required, and only add to the minimalistic perfection. Good job.”
Go Back to Basics With Simpletext
In a world where full-featured, subscription-based apps has become the norm, I invite you to go back to basics with Simpletext. Everything about Simpletext is designed to make the simple act of writing enjoyable again. It’s an app I personally used, every single day. I hope you will too.
P.S. Simpletext comes with a promise — find out more at simpletext.app/promise
This update includes a new setting for compact line spacing so you can display more text on the screen, as well as other minor enhancements.
Ratings and Reviews
Needs some refinements
On the iPhone, screen space is limited, so, when a plain text app has line spacing that could have been smaller, without sacrificing readability, and hence can pack more lines on one page, it should try to maximise it. Comparing SimpleText with Paper, I was able to see only 28 lines on SimpleText versus 38 lines on Paper with the same font size per screen. In fact the Paper font size was a little bigger than the smallest extra small font size setting on Simpletext but yet it could display more lines. Cut the line spacing so that we can have more lines per screen. Many people read rather quickly so having to keep scrolling is a tad annoying. Finally it would be more productive to have the search button appear straightaway on top of the keyboard when the keyboard appears, instead of having to first click the hamburger. In fact, why have the hamburger when you can put all the selections (Preferences, Search, Copy All, Select All) right there in place of the hamburger? The extra step is really unnecessary.
Edited: Thanks for the clarification. My bad. The typewriter mode was indeed turned on. Once I’ve turned it off, I was able to select text without problem. On the last point, perhaps you can allow users to select which shortcuts they want to place on the keyboard?
Developer Response ,
Hello, just to update that Simpletext V4.1 has a new setting for compact line spacing so you can display more text on the screen. Hope it’ll come in useful!
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with me. I note your comments and will definitely consider them for future releases.
Regarding the scroll experience when trying to select long text to copy — it is due to Typewriter Mode which tries to maintain the scroll position at the middle of the screen. If copying long text is a frequent action in your workflow, perhaps you may consider switching off Typewriter Mode? If you just need to copy all text, another shortcut is to double tap the screen with two fingers (I usually do it with two thumbs). Hope this comes in handy!
Finally, the More button was introduced to group less frequently used actions together to reduce visual clutter. I understand it’s subjective and every user has its own preferences, but it’s a design decision to ensure the keyboard bar appears lightweight and visually balanced especially when word count is shown. This design also allows for more actions to be introduced in the future (only if necessary 😊).
Many thanks again and have a good day ahead!
Search function does not work
I had hoped to replace the notes app with this app because I am so sick of notes not sticking to just the text I am trying to copy and paste into it. This app does really great with this part of my situation. Unfortunately I found out after writing hundreds of notes within the app that I can’t do search for a word inside one of the files created in the same way I can in the notes app. It’s a great app, but I can’t use it if I can’t find what I am looking for later.
Developer Response ,
Hi, by default the search bar only searches for file names. If you’d like to search the content, you can tap on “Contains [Search Term]” right below the search bar. Do give it a try and I hope it works for you 😊
How Do I Enable Word Count?
I love everything about this app, however, one of the biggest reasons that I purchased it was because it showed a running word count (in the images offered in the description). How do I enable that?
In reading a previous post that somebody had Reviewed, I discovered that I simply needed to tap on the transparent keyboard bar to display the word count and character count. My only disappointment is that I’m not able to use the keyboard shortcut to enable a bold font. When writing articles, we use subheadings, and it’s easy to navigate your way through an article when you’re writing it if you can easily see the subheading in a bold font.
I found it difficult to place my cursor where I wanted it to be when using my iPhone. It would always default to the start of the sentence instead of where I placed my finger. I also found that when selecting text on the iPhone it was jittery as though I couldn’t decide what to text to select.
Could you please at least allow for the ability to use keyboard shortcuts to bold text, italicize text and perhaps even underline text? At least bold text using the keyboard shortcut. By enabling a keyboard shortcut to bold text, it does not hinder the layout or simplicity in any way shape or form.
Developer Response ,
Hello! (1) Simply tap on the keyboard bar to show your total words and characters. You can also select just the words you want for a partial count. (2) Simpletext has another way to move the cursor — just swipe your finger along the keyboard bar. (3) Many apologies as Simpletext supports plain text only without any text formatting. An alternative is to use punctuation characters to provide visual cues (like Markdown). Thank you for your support and have a great day!
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