Menus

Instead of ambiguous icons or hidden gestures, iA Writer uses a Menu bar on the Library, Editor and Preview. While the menus are adapted to mobile devices, they are consistent with iA Writer for Mac, and group iA Writer’s features.

4.1.1. File

  • New Document creates a new document in the current folder
  • Open From… lets you open files not in your Library and edit them in place
  • Import… is similar to Open, but the file is copied into iA Writer’s Library. Imported MS Word (.docx) files will be converted to Markdown.
  • Print… prints your document with the currently selected Preview template
  • Print Plain Text… prints your document “as is”, including any Markdown punctuation
  • Export to Plain Text… exports a plain text version of the current document
  • Export to HTML… exports the current document as HTML, with any Markdown formatting applied
  • Export to PDF/Print… prints or exports a PDF of the current document, formatted using the currently selected Preview template
  • Export to Microsoft Word… exports the current document as a .docx file, with any Markdown formatting applied
  • Publish on Medium.com sends the current document as a draft to your Medium account (configured in Settings)

4.1.2. Edit

  • Undo undoes the previous action
  • Redo reperforms an action previously undone
  • Select All selects all text in the currently open document

4.1.3. View

  • Night Mode changes iA Writer’s color scheme for writing any time, day or night.
  • Focus Mode dims everything but the current sentence, to help you stay in the flow and avoid the temptation to edit.

4.1.4. Templates

iA Writer includes several templates with which to Preview and Export your text. Tap the Templates menu to change:

  • Modern (Sans) uses Nitti Grotesk, designed by Pieter van Rosmalen at Bold Monday
  • Classic (Serif) uses Tiempos Text, designed by Kris Sowersby of Klim Foundry
  • Manuscript (Mono) uses monospaced Nitti, also from Pieter van Rosmalen at Bold Monday

4.1.5. Export

Tap Export in the Preview (or File in the Editor) and select the desired format:

  • Plain Text
  • HTML
  • PDF/Print
  • Microsoft Word
  • Publish on Medium.com

HTML, PDF, and Microsoft Word convert Markdown into formatting. In addition, PDF will format the document using the currently selected Preview template. After choosing any of these options, you can:

  • Attach the exported file to an email
  • Open it in another application

4.1.6. Settings

Tap the button at the top-left of the Library to modify settings for iA Writer.

Font Size

By default, iA Writer automatically chooses the optimum font size based on your Android device. You can also choose to fix the size as Small, Medium or Large.

Sort Library By

Sort files by Name, Date Modified, or by Size. Reverse Sort Order flips the list (e.g., Z-A instead of A-Z)

Keyboard Extension

Choose to show or hide iA Writer’s extra row of keyboard keys.

Medium.com Token

Add or remove your Medium.com account here.

Tap the menu at the top center of the Library to change the currently displayed storage (Local by default). The menu title shows the cloud storage or folder you are viewing.

4.1.8. New

This menu offers the ability to create a new document or folder within the folder currently displayed in the Library.