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iA Writer 3.0.3 – Distraction-free digital writing tool.

Appked/ Featured/on 2015-11-14 14:08

iA Writer 3.0.3

iA Writer is a digital writing tool that makes sure that all your thoughts go into the text instead of the program. Here is what makes iA Writer different:

  • Character: No preferences. It is how it is. It works like it works. Love it or hate it.
  • Signal vs Noise: Focus mode allows me to think, spell, and write one sentence at a time.
  • Speed: Writer works without mouse. Automarkdown formats semantic entities such as headlines, lists, bold, strong, block quotes written in markdown.

Note: Currently only Latin alphabet and Russian languages are supported (no Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Hebrew, Arabian…).

Character: No Preferences
One of our goals was to create a writing app without settings. When opening Writer, all you can do is write. The only option you have is full screen and FocusMode.

Signal vs. Noise: Focus Mode (patent pending)
In Focus Mode you write one sentence at a time. Why? It’s a common pattern, that, instead of following the voice and fleshing out the text in one go, people start editing before the text is done. This is because we’re more easily distracted by signals similar to those we produce (text), than by signals that are different (the browser icon).

How to Use It: Writing one sentence at a time goes hand-in-hand with this rule of thumb for good writing: one thought per sentence. You might not like it because it’s not your thing. Fair enough. But if you ever get caught in one of those moments where the big white empty window scares you or when you get stuck in the middle of a text, try Focus Mode.

Speed: No Mouse
Auto Markdown will help you to format texts without letting off your keyboard. It’s easy. You can learn it in 30 seconds:

  • # Headline 1
  • ## Headline 2
  • ### Headline 3
  • 1. Numbered lists
  • – Hyphenated Lists
  • * Starred lists
  • We also use *emphasis* and **strong**

Last but not least we use the Markdown for block quotes to make sure that quotes stand out as they are supposed to.

Auto Markdown automatically formats the Markdown language. The advantage is that you don’t need to use your mouse to create semantic structure.

To increase the pleasure of writing is exactly what we intended when creating Writer. A better tool doesn’t make a better craftsman, but a good tool makes working a pleasure.


Version 3.0.3:

  • Switched to standard document application model where all windows are the same.
  • Improved new document shortcuts.
  • ⌘N creates a new document window which will be automatically saved to Library.
  • ⇧⌘N creates a new document in the current window which will be automatically saved to Library.
  • ⌥⌘N creates a new document which, when closed, will ask you where it should be saved.
  • You can change these shortcuts in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts.
  • Added sentence navigation shortcuts: ⌥⌘← and ⌥⌘→.
  • Empty folders can be created and are shown in Library.
  • Added new methods to move a items out of a folder.
  • Press left arrow while dragging.
  • Drag to the left edge of the library then hold or force click on El Capitan.
  • Switched to system font for titlebars, toolbars, and Library on El Capitan.
  • Added swipe to delete in Library on El Capitan.
  • Fixed an issue where extension was hidden when documents were saved. Your extension visibility preference is now used.
  • Increased default and large text sizes.


OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor