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.
Newcreates a new document in the current folder
Open…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.
Rename…lets you rename the file currently open in the editor
Revert To…pulls a list of previous versions from iCloud to which you can revert
Print…prints your document with the currently selected Preview template
Print Plain Text…prints your document “as is”, including any Markdown punctuation
Share…sends your current text straight to the body of an email, or other services such as Medium and WordPress
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…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
Undoundoes the previous action
Redoreperforms an action previously undone
Findopens the Find bar to search the currently open document
Replaceopens the Find bar with the
Replacefield already visible, to perform Find and Replace in the currently open document
Select Allselects all text in the currently open document
Copy Allcopies all text in the currently open document to the pasteboard
Copy Formattedcopies a formatted version of your document to the pasteboard—great for pasting into an email!
Copy HTMLcopies the exported HTML of the currently open document to the pasteboard
Changes iA Writer’s color scheme for writing any time, day or night.
Shows a small bar with word count and reading time statistics at the top of the open document.
Dim everything but the current sentence, to help you stay in the flow and avoid the temptation to edit.
Keep the caret in the middle of the screen as you write.
A powerful feature to help you focus and gain deeper insight into your text. Highlight a relevant part of speech:
Use this to improve your writing style, by checking for unnecessary adjectives, weak verbs, etc. when editing. The following languages are supported: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
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
Export in the Preview (or
File in the Editor) and select the desired format:
- Export to Plain Text
- Export to HTML
- Export to PDF
- Export to Microsoft Word
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
- Save it to iCloud Drive in the iA Writer folder
- Tap “Open in…” to open the file in another application
Tap the button at the top-left of the Library to modify settings for iA Writer.
- Sort files by Date Modified, Alphabetically, or by Extension
- “Pin” folders to the top of the Library’s document list
- Display the file extensions of documents in the Library
- Show an excerpt of your document’s text in the Library
- Regular Markdown requires two returns to create a new paragraph. iA Writer lets you do it with one
- If you are using MultiMarkdown metadata, you can disable it from being shown in the preview
- Choose between centered or left-justified headings in the templates
- Choose to indent new paragraphs or separate them with an empty line
- Add/Remove your Medium.com account
- Add/Remove your WordPress account
- Add/Remove your Dropbox account
- Include headers or footers in your printed documents and exported PDFs
- Open these help files
- Visit our support pages online
- Contact us via Twitter
Tap the menu at the top center of the Library to change the currently displayed folder (iCloud by default). In addition, you can sort files by Date Modified, Alphabetically, or by Extension.
The menu title shows the cloud storage or folder you are viewing. Each folder level is also added to this menu so you can quickly jump back several levels.
This menu offers the ability to create a new document or folder within the folder currently displayed in the Library.