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Content Blocks iPad

On iPad, effortlessly insert images, text files, code, or CSV tables into your documents with Content Blocks.

Besides the integration of elements into your file this feature also offers an excellent document management solution alongside the Table of Content or Library options like Favourite, Smart Folders, or Hashtags.

Among all the use cases, Content Blocks are particularly popular for writers who need to compile various chapters of their book into a unified document.

Origins of Content Blocks

John Gruber, one the inventors of the Markdown markup language, remarked that image syntax was his biggest mistake with Markdown, and mentioned an alternative:

My best idea for good Markdown img syntax would be to just paste in a URL ending in .jpg/.png/.gif etc.

In our search of support for file transclusion, we landed on a syntax for what we call, Content Blocks.

The Content Blocks feature was added to Writer a few years ago, if you want to know more about our journey with this, feel free to check our blog post from that time: iA Writer 4.

Adding Content Blocks

You have two ways to embed files in your document as Content Blocks. In both cases, the same principles should be followed:

1. From the Lightning Menu

Tap the Add Content Block button in the Lightning menu to embed a file from your library in the current document.

A small pop window will appear with a selection of files, click on the targeted one.

2. Typing Path

You can manually type the path of the file to embed in your target document. Be sure to respect the proper syntax, as below:

Section.txt "Section"
Balance Sheet.csv 'Finances'
images/Structure.jpg (Data Flow)

💡 Autocomplete will help find and add Content Blocks for you. To trigger autocomplete:

These embedded files are rendered in the Preview and will be included in documents exported to HTML, PDF, Markdown and Microsoft Word.

Content Blocks

Content Blocks Mac

On Mac, effortlessly insert images, text files, code, or CSV tables into your documents with Content Blocks. Besides the integration of elements into your file, this feature also offers an excellent document management solution alongside the Table of Content or Library options like Favourite, Smart Folders, or Hashtags. Among all the use cases, Content Blocks

Content Blocks iPhone

On iPhone, effortlessly insert images, text files, code, or CSV tables into your documents with Content Blocks. Besides the integration of elements into your file this feature also offers an excellent document management solution alongside the Table of Content or Library options like Favourite, Smart Folders, or Hashtags. Among all the use cases, Content Blocks

Content Blocks iPad

On iPad, effortlessly insert images, text files, code, or CSV tables into your documents with Content Blocks. Besides the integration of elements into your file this feature also offers an excellent document management solution alongside the Table of Content or Library options like Favourite, Smart Folders, or Hashtags. Among all the use cases, Content Blocks

Content Blocks Android

On Android, effortlessly insert text files, code, or CSV tables into your documents with Content Blocks. Besides the integration of elements into your file, this feature also offers an excellent document management solution alongside the Table of Content . Among all the use cases, Content Blocks are particularly popular for writers who need to compile

Content Blocks Windows

On Windows, effortlessly insert images, text files, code, or CSV tables into your documents with Content Blocks. Besides the integration of elements into your file this feature also offers an excellent document management solution alongside the Table of Content . Among all the use cases, Content Blocks are particularly popular for writers who need to