iA Writer 5.6

Create, structure, and edit your text using a distraction-free mode.
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Create various types of texts on your Mac and have all parameters, including fonts, paragraph, and line spacing automatically adjusted. Access an environment free of distraction and stay focused on your ideas and work. Convert DOCX, HTML and PDF documents and sync your project across multiple devices using the iCloud integration option.

IA Writer can help you write any type of text without having to worry about superfluous aspects such as text formatting and page layout. Since it is mainly intended for writing digital documents, it does not try to simulate a paper page. In this respect, if you are into WYSWYG editors and avoid using code, this tool is probably not for you.

The editor has an extremely minimalistic interface; so much so that, while you are typing, there is nothing visible but the writing space and the cursor. However, this does not make it less powerful, as most of its finest features are actually hidden under the hood.

As said, IA Writer is meant to let you concentrate on the contents of your writing. In this respect, one of the features that takes this idea to the extremes is the so-called Focus Mode, which can darken all the text except the sentence or paragraph you are working on. There is also the Night Mode to help you read with a dimmed light. In Typewriter Mode, in turn, it is the text that will roll while the cursor stays on the same line. more

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Pros

  • Extremely minimalistic
  • Supports markup language
  • Embeds pictures, tables and text
  • Color highlights parts of speech
  • Exports to various document formats
  • Syncs documents across devices

Cons

  • No collaboration tools

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