Writing app Byword is updated to support Dark Mode and more

What you need to know

  • Byword has been updated to add support for Dark Mode.
  • R Markdown documents are also supported.
  • Other interface issues are also addressed.

Byword was once the go-to Markdown editing app for a ton of people but as other apps improved and Byword development slowed, thing changed. Now Byword has received a rare update, adding support for iOS 13's Dark Mode and more.

The update is a free one for anyone who already owns the app and it's one that is well worth getting hold of. There's the obligatory Dark Mode to try out with the app matching your system preference. But there's also new support that allows the app to open R Markdown files, too.

Along with those changes developer Metaclassy says that we can also look forward to some miscellaneous interface fixes. Anyone who found they were experiencing some strange goings-on before might now find that whatever was irking them is now fixed. We'll keep our fingers crossed for you.

We're still big fans of Byword, especially on iPad. It's great to see the app receive this update and it gives us hope that it might also gain support for iPadOS and its multi-document Split View feature, too.

This Byword update can be downloaded from the App Store now.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.