TypeMetal 4+

Author HTML, post to WordPress

Coherence Labs, LLC

    • 5.0 • 1 Rating
    • $29.99



TypeMetal is a revolutionary visual (WYSIWYG) HTML file editor and WordPress client that’s unlike any other writing tool on the App Store. Designed to be efficiently keyboard-navigable and produce modern, streamlined, professional-grade HTML with exacting precision, it’s both a serious structured writing app and an easy-to-use HTML notepad. Whether you’re a casual HTML novice or a demanding HTML expert who wants to be free to *just write*, TypeMetal will make your content authoring easier & more productive.

In addition to working with standard HTML files, TypeMetal 2 provides an easy-to-use, comprehensive solution for WordPress publishing. Syncing with your WordPress accounts, TypeMetal maintains a complete local copy of all your posts, pages, related resources & media items for each site -- enabling you to rapidly browse, search, edit, add to, & reference your content, even offline. View & edit posts using your site's theme, or in a distraction-free "ClearView".

TypeMetal's core is a custom HTML editing engine not seen elsewhere. TypeMetal presents fully-rendered HTML pages for live editing, and empowers you to inspect, grasp & manipulate your document’s structure directly. TypeMetal understands each HTML page as a tree of live objects, and can perform edits that challenge plain-text HTML source code editors.

“Show Block Structure Mode” reveals your document’s structure, enabling you to select & manipulate otherwise invisible elements. Create structured HTML documents using nested “section”, “article” & “div” containers, collapse heading-bearing containers to view pages in outline, and drag-&-drop to rearrange blocks.

TypeMetal’s comprehensive keyboard shortcuts keep your fingertips on the keyboard and your mind on your ideas. Navigate your document’s structure, insert elements, and edit attributes, all without having to skip a beat reaching for your mouse. Shortcuts instantly perform common tasks, such as applying emphasis or creating headings & lists. TypeMetal makes linking a breeze, suggesting nearby files and remembering URLs you’ve recently copied to the pasteboard. Any URL in its completion list is just a few keystrokes away.

Copy & paste clutter-free! TypeMetal’s smart cleanup helps you distill clippings of overwrought or broken HTML to the essentials: automatically, as you paste or drag-&-drop. Use Block Mode, the Source Loupe and Path Bar to inspect & refine the results, yielding elegantly minimal markup.

“Snippet sets” help you codify your “class” & “id” naming conventions & consistently apply the resultant styling vocabularies in your HTML files. Leverage HTML’s designed-in semantic extensibility more effectively than ever, preparing your writing to be flexibly, beautifully, & consistently styled using CSS. Share snippets sets easily, via a version tracking system or download, to help your team maintain common conventions. Even constrain authors to a subset of HTML.

Formatting settings control the appearance of your HTML with powerful simplicity. “Set it & forget it”, globally or per-file, then enjoy the ability to focus on your content and the ideas behind it, freed from the visual distraction of markup syntax & constant temptation to fiddle. TypeMetal puts your writing front & center, eliminating needless distractions, while its engine produces concise, consistently-formatted HTML markup you can proudly publish.

HTML file editing:
- Whole-document validation & repair
- Use your own CSS files or one of TypeMetal’s 3 bundled HTML 5-ready stylesheets
- HTML DOCTYPEs: HTML 5, 4.01 Strict+Transitional; XHTML 1.1, 1.0 Strict+Transitional
- HTML filename extensions: html, htm, xhtml, xhtm, xht, xml, shtml, shtm

Other features:
- Retina + Dark Mode support
- Automatic pretty quote & dash typography
- Versatile Copy/Paste
- Text Magnification
- Text Find & Replace
- Check Spelling & Grammar
- Help

User Guide


What’s New

Version 2.3

- Tuned TypeMetal for full compatibility with macOS 14 Sonoma.
- Updated TypeMetal's app icon. The original icon is available via TypeMetal's new "Appearance" settings pane, if desired.
- Advanced the minimum required macOS version to 10.13. (Now and then we have to keep pace with the times, but after this change TypeMetal still runs on Macs as old as 2011!)
- Fixed backspacing through a WordPress post's entire content leaving the post empty and uneditable.
- Fixed HTML source view update lag when deleting the last remaining character in a run of text.
- The Attribute Editor now saves uncommitted edits in text fields, when you click outside it to dismiss it.
- Fixed cropping of toolbar "picker" controls.
- Updated AppAuth and OpenSSL.
- Renamed "Twitter" references to "X".

Email us anytime at support@coherencelabs.com or tweet us @CoherenceLabs to let us know how we're doing and how we can help you!

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

EarthSaiyan ,

One of the best (HTML5) Writing Apps on the Store!

TypeMetal is quite a strong contender for writing apps such as Word Processors, Markdown and Rich Text apps in terms of capabilites, as it features a large arsenal of HTML elements to use freely in a WYSIWYG!! interface. This means that the user can write and not be bothered by formatting nuances; by which I mean, not having to manually press tabs and spaces, insert background colors, text spacing, etc. (anything one can think of with respect to formatting), to define particular styling for certain sections, etc. - all styling is managed automatically via CSS, while the user can quickly insert sections and paragraphs. This boosts users’ writing efficiency, while keeping the experience pleasant.

Markdown and LaTeX based writing apps do this already, but most of them keep the markup visible - making it hard to read (or those that don’t sacrifice performance using non-native UI technologies). Typemetal keeps just the rendered output of the HTML so that the user is never distracted by markup. Cool stuff in my opinion!

The app deserves a five star rating not only for the excellent functionality, but also the excellent support provided by the developer. I’ve requested support for bug fixes and features and quickly received reassuring responses. His blog posts and newsletters reveal exciting features planned for TypeMetal, which are really awesome - I will not spoil them here 😊

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! It is deeply encouraging to see TypeMetal reach its design goals and make the HTML writing experience more productive and rewarding for users. Please don't hesitate to reach out to support@coherencelabs.com anytime, with questions, suggestions, or any issues that come up. We're here to help!

corbinstreehouse ,

Excellent HTML editor with lots of handy features.

Not much more to say, but it is great!

martin doudoroff ,

Very impressive 1.0!

The biggest challenge with evaluating TypeMetal is understanding what it is and what it isn't. It's not a web development IDE and it doesn't try to be. It's also not a tool that tries to shield you from understanding HTML. Rather, it's a tool for *writing* and *editing* HTML content cleanly and precisely without forcing you to resort to hand-coding. While you can use TypeMetal to pop out generic HTML pages, the critical thing is you can load *any* page of HTML from a more elaborate project and edit its content directly. As such, this app is nearly unique—the closest thing I know of to TypeMetal is the long-neglected (and now functionally obsolete) Design view of Adobe Dreamweaver. TypeMetal is objectively superior to Dreamweaver’s Design view in every imaginable way, although TypeMetal (currently) lacks some of the project-level support that Dreamweaver provides (however buggily). So, this is an exciting new app that may prove a godsend to some folks (including some of my clients), but it's something of a professional niche app. I demur with another reviewer on its price: the target price for an app like this should be much much higher; I worry about the developer’s ability to realize this product’s potential at its current price point.

App Privacy

The developer, Coherence Labs, LLC, 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 Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • User Content

Data Not Linked to You

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

  • Browsing History

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.