iA Writer

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Version: 1.5.1 || Release Date: 2013-09-07 || License: Commercial with demo ($4.99) Developer: Information Architects Inc. | App Owner: marcus

iA Writer for Mac 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:

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

NOTE: Currently ONLY LATIN ALPHABETICAL LANGUAGES AND RUSSIAN are supported (NO Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Hebrew, Arabian...).

“I thought Text Edit was simple until I tried Writer.”
– Erik Spiekermann

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.

2. 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.

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.

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