1.1.1. Feature Table
The key differences are:
|Planned Support for OS Updates||YES||YES|
|Additional Features Planned||YES||YES|
|Dropbox AutoSync on Mobile||YES||YES|
|MS Word Import/Export||YES|
|Document Search on Mobile||YES|
|Internationalization on Mobile||E, D, J||E, D|
1.1.2. OS Support
Our apps have differing operating system support, as detailed in the following tables:
|iA Writer for iOS||3.1+||iOS 9.0 or later|
|iA Writer for Mac||3.1+||OSX 10.11|
|iA Writer for Android||1.0||Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) or later|
To allow us to focus on improving Writer and adding new features, we will consider dropping support for older operating systems once the majority of customers have migrated. However, if you previously purchased iA Writer, you may still be able to download the last Writer version that supports your operating system from the App Stores (see here for details).
1.1.3. iA Writer History
The original iA Writer for iPad was created five years ago last November. Since then, we produced a second version–iA Writer Pro–along with apps for Mac and even Android. The all-new iA Writer represents the third generation of the iA Writer family. It is backwards compatible with both iA Writer Classic and iA Writer Pro, and yet it is a wholly distinct application.
We removed iA Writer Classic from the App Stores back in August, and the new iA Writer directly replaces the position iA Writer Pro held in the App Stores. In this way, we could offer it as a free upgrade to Pro customers.
Going forward, there will only be the all-new iA Writer. If you purchased iA Writer Classic, you can still download it to your devices via the “Purchased” section of either App Store. However, we will not be updating it further and at some point it will no longer be compatible with Apple’s OSs. If you would like to upgrade to the new iA Writer it will be a separate purchase.
1.1.4. iCloud Drive
Apple changed from iCloud “Documents & Data” to “iCloud Drive” on OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and iOS 8. These two storages cannot be used at the same time, and documents cannot be synced between them. Make sure to upgrade all your devices to iCloud Drive at the same time.
1.1.5. Text Encoding
iA Writer saves documents as plain text files, using Unicode (UTF-8) encoding. iA Writer supports opening documents in many encodings, but a document’s encoding must generally be determined by heuristics (advanced guessing). If a document appears to be in “Chinese” when opened in Writer, this is generally due to an encoding problem, often from editing the document in a non-UTF-8 program such as Notepad for Windows. Learn what to do in this situation here.
1.1.6. URL Schemes
URL Schemes allow you to open iA Writer from other applications on both OS X and iOS, and perform specific actions on opening. For example, you can turn a text snippet into a new iA Writer document. URL Schemes can also be used to change some of iA Writer’s defaults.
URL Schemes are currently not supported in iA Writer Classic. Also,
X-Callback-URL is not supported at present, but we’re considering it for a future iA Writer release.
iA Writer currently supports the following URL Schemes in v3.0+ using the registered URL scheme
- Launch iA Writer:
- New Document:
- New document with text:
Example: Copy and paste the following code snippet
iawriter://new?text=This%20is%20a%20test in Safari’s address bar to create a new iA Writer document, with the text “This is a test”. Text needs to be percentage-escaped, however apps using URL Schemes generally do this.
Two MultiMarkdown-related defaults and one printing-related default can also be changed via URL Schemes. Defaults can be specified using
- Writer Flavored Markdown (includes several writer-focused modifications):
- “Print header and footer” in Print Dialog:
Updated: 14 April 2016
What information does iA Writer obtain?
To help us begin fixing any problems right away, iA Writer will automatically send anonymous crash reports. Crash reports contain information on the crash, including device model, system version, plus the application’s version and build number.
We collect the following statistical data: timestamp, device model, system version, device language, plus app version, build number, feature usage, and anonymous installation identifier.
How is the information used?
In both cases this data is collected for the sole purpose of helping us to improve iA Writer apps, and does not include any personal information. No other data is collected.
Do third parties have access to this information?
As governed by their respective Privacy Policies, anonymous crash reports are symbolicated by HockeyApp, and may be shared with Apple when reporting bugs. Similarly, crash and app not responding(ANR) reports may be shared with Google when reporting bugs. They are not shared with anyone else outside Information Architects. Anonymous statistics are not shared with anyone outside Information Architects, except in aggregate.