iA Writer for iPhone and iPad review

iA Writer for iPhone and iPad review

iA Writer is distraction-free writing app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It features an extremely simple UI whose sole intent is to help you focus on your writing. There isn't any fancy formatting options or an overwhelming amount of features. It's just a simple screen with a nice font and a keyboard.

This is exactly what makes it so awesome.

One of the cool features on the iPad (and Mac) is Focus Mode. When turned on, everything except the sentence you are writing fades so that you aren't distracted by something you've already written. For me, I know my eyes tend to wander, so if I notice a missing comma while writing, my thoughts get interrupted until I fix it. Focus Mode removes that distraction -- instead, I'll catch that missing comma when I proofread.

It also includes iCloud and Dropbox integration, so switching between your devices is seamless. Start writing your Mac, continue on your iPhone during your lunch break at work, and finish up on your couch with your iPad.

I've been using iA Writer for a couple months now for writing longer articles and editorials for iMore. It really helps me focus without the distracting UI of WordPress, where I used to do all my writing. Admittedly, I normally use it on my MacBook Air because I like using the physical keyboard; however, there have definitely been times where I've decided to continue working on my article while curled up on the couch with my iPad.

If you do any sort of writing that's not just emails, Facebook messages, and Twitter - I highly recommend iA Writer. You'll be amazed at your increased level of productivity.

$0.99 for iPhone and iPad - Download Now

$8.99 for Mac - Download Now

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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iA Writer for iPhone and iPad review


Thanks for the post!
I'll recommend you revise everything, I found several mistakes and I'm not an English native speaker.

It's so simple, it cost money... That was my first 5 seconds thought, I guess I have the trolls in me. But giving a "focus mode" is really unique and interesting, besides cloud support. What buggs me, why new technology apps cost less than it's desktop version?

Nothing against the product. I have actually used the Mac version. But Evernote seems like a much better solution in my opinion and offers more functionality. And yes, the iPhone, iPad and desktop apps are all free; with cloud support and syncing across all devices. Again, not downgrading iA Writer, just being honest.

I liked your review went to the app store and read about the flaws of the app. Now it has a load of great features - or the lack of it which is great - but if you write an review and leave out all the things that could make me a not so happy customer afterwards I get to the point where I think iMore mistakes reviews with advertisings. If you want to be trusted be honest!

Nope. Not advertising. I was being honest. It's rated 4.5/5 in the App Store which is pretty darn good. I'll try to pinpoint more bad stuff about apps in the future. I honestly never ran into any problems with it. It does exactly what it says it does.

So...one thing that has me confused is, why? Is is better than the notes app? Is it somehow less distracting than the ipod's included notes app? I am tempted to get it, but this question has been nagging me...

Sorry, my message should read " Notes is simple and all that I need, iA Writer is also a good one but doesn't do anything better for me, same for Byword.