iA Writer for iPhone is composed of 3 mains parts: the Editor
where you write, the Library
where you store your files and Preview
where you can see the rendering of your document.
You’ll spend most of your time in the editor, in company of iA’s blue cursor. Writer is designed to get you up and writing as quickly as possible: most users will simply launch Writer and begin typing.
There are however some settings you can use to tweak the Editor to your own tastes such as the font, font size, indentation etc… you can discover them in Settings
One of the benefits of Markdown is that you can type and format your document without taking your hands off the keyboard. If you aren’t familiar with Markdown yet, you can learn it in just a few minutes with our Markdown Guide
Writer for iOS uses iOS system Autocorrect
functionality. You can enable/disable this in app by toggling Check Spelling
on or off. You can also enable Smart Quotes
or Smart Dashes
to take advantage of replacements for:
Here you’ll see the name of your active file. You can click on this to reveal a dialog box that lets you:
- Open the file in a New Window
- Mark as Favorite
- Duplicate the file
- Rename the file
- Move the file
- Delete the file
- Browse the file’s versions
- Browse Backups
- Show in Files
The Library is where you will store, organize and retrieve your documents. You can open the Library from a document in the Editor or Preview by tapping the <
button on the top-left.
Once you are in the Library, you can go to a document by selecting the Location from the Organizer (iCloud for example) and then the document from the File List.
The Library is comprised of the Organizer and File List. From anywhere in the Library you can tap the <
button at the top left to get you up to the Organizer (and access Settings as well).
The left-hand panel with a grey background of the Library is the Organizer allowing you to select cloud storage, organize folders and retrieve tags. The Organizer contains:
The File List
The File List will show you all the folders and files stored in the selected Location (iCloud for example). You can manage your files
from there with a context menu.
Preview shows you what your formatted text looks like. It can be open side-by-side with the Editor (like below) or in full screen.
To open Preview from the Editor, tap the “play” button at the top-right. You can go back and forth between Preview and Editor.
You can as well invert the color of Preview (black if the Editor is white and vice-versa) from the Settings
. To learn more about all the different possibilities, read Modify the Preview