iA Writer 5

Get Focused. Get Started. Get iA Writer.

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The original iA Writer released it’s all new app with Quick Search, a refreshed library, and a custom keyboard.

  • Marius Masalar
    Marius MasalarTech Writer, Photographer

    Extremely immersive writing experience with a few, well chosen features: Syntax Control, Focus Mode, and the keyboard extension.


    Few features, and little customization (arguably also pros). There are better options for long-form writing though, because of the library.

    This is the best update the app has seen in its entire history: it's all about polish, thoughtful interaction refinements, and providing tools in a way that isn't distracting or overwhelming.

    It remains the best blank canvas for plain text that money can buy.

    Marius Masalar has used this product for one year.
  • Andrew Montalenti
    Andrew MontalentiCTO, Parse.ly

    Beautiful, distraction-free writing environment. Thoughtful design. Works especially well on OS X and iOS.


    Windows/Android versions are a little underwhelming.

    It's definitely my preferred writing environment, from the standpoint of design and feel. Actually, my absolute favorite environment is iA Writer on iOS (iPad Pro) with an Apple Bluetooth keyboard. It's like a modern typewriter, but so much better. Ever since adopting iA Writer, I do all my writing in Markdown and then port it to other tools later. However, I still find myself using SimpleNote, even though it's "uglier", just because all the x-platform apps across Windows, Android, iOS, desktop, and web all work so perfectly. For iA Writer syncs, I use a single Dropbox folder with all my Markdown files. On OS X, this is perfect, but on mobile this is sometimes tricky to navigate. I really enjoy the iA Writer 5 improvements on OS X, though!

    Andrew Montalenti has used this product for one year.
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