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About

iA Writer removes distractions. Giving you a calm, focused, writing space. So that you can express yourself clearly. For seven years now, iA Writer has been downloaded over two Million times on Mac, iOS, and Android. We are excited to bring that same focused approach to Windows.

We believe in removing distractions, giving you a calm, focused writing space: We stripped away everything that might stand between you and how you feel, so that you can write from the heart. This is how great writing gets started.

Focus Mode
Focus Mode

We believe in gentle encouragement: We created focus mode. An experience where everything fades away. Everything but the sentence you are writing, the thought that you are expressing right now. Focus mode helps you dive into the flow. As each sentence is set free onto a clean slate, it’s accepted, as is. “Yes, keep going,” it says. There are no objections while you create. It’s a completely calm writing experience.

There's a powerful engine underneath the hood, but it never gets in your way: First, you write from the heart. Then you write with the head. There’s a time to edit, to shape. To care about the details and the options. Headline sizes, tables, logo positioning, and export file types. And when that time comes, we have you covered.

Editor and Preview
Editor and Preview

iA Writer is a tool for the brave: Because starting something new is not easy. Telling someone who you really are, never feels entirely comfortable. It takes courage. How did Bowie feel when he sat down to write Space Oddity? Or Tarantino with Reservoir Dogs? Or Ogilvy, pouring himself a glass of rum and wondering what was interesting about the new Rolls Royce? Maybe their genius just flowed onto the page. Or maybe, just like us, they were uncertain at first. A little nervous, a little excited. But they focused. They got started. And they reaped the rewards.

Night Mode
Night Mode

iA Writer runs on Windows 7, 8 and 10. It comes with a custom installer. Everything is designed to make you focus on the text.

  • Markdown: Type to structure text. 
  • Focus Mode: Focus Mode dims everything but the current sentence, helping you stay in the flow.
  • Type Writer Mode: Have your cursor vertically centered on the screen so you always see the sentence you are working on right ahead of you. 
  • Night Mode: iA Writer includes an inverted “light on dark” mode, perfect for writing at night. 
  • Full-Screen Mode: Give your writing the attention it deserves
  • Folding: Expand and compress the text below a headline so you can quickly switch beteen a structural and a detailed view 
  • Writing Goals: Set a goal in number of words/characters 
  • Duo Spaced Font: Use iA Writer Duospace, a font optimized for writing. 
  • Markdown Preview: Use the preview function to see how your text renders in a separate preview
  • PDF Export: Export your text as a simple PDF
  • Content Blocks: Embed pictures files, table files, and other plain text files…
Folding
Folding

Stretch Goals: Here is what we will add depending on how much we can raise. Localizations will need continuous support. We want to add a Word Import/Export and a custom in-app browser, but these features are at the end of the stretch goals as they need more time and testing.

  • $25,000: Spanish Localization
  • $30,000: Portuguese
  • $35,000: Japanese 
  • $40,000: Chinese 
  • $45,000: Italian 
  • $50,000: Russian 
  • $55,000: Word Import
  • $60,000: Word Export
  • $65,000: Custom in-app file browser
Writing Goals
Writing Goals

 What people have said about iA Writer for iOS, Mac and Android

“Beautiful and Simple.” —The Guardian

“Writer has out-innovated Apple” —Fast Company

“Astonishingly simple. Everything goes away except for the writing experience.” —Stephen Fry

"I’m a huge fan. I use IA Writer for all of my writing. Thank you for an exceptional product." – Biz Stone

“Thanks for the simple - life seems to be to always throwing complex, simple and beautiful is best.” —Grant Frost.

“A couple of weeks ago, I forgot my iPhone at home while I went out to take care of some business. While taking care of my business, it was quite nice to feel isolated from the outside world. My only care was what was in front of me. Suddenly, I was feeling a lot less worried. This is sort of what I feel like when I'm working with iA Writer. With every other system, there is some distraction whereas with iA Writer I can easily dig into what I'm working on.” —Can Surmeli.

“iA along with vim have made it in my immortal list of must use apps, and they aren’t leaving it.” —Piotr Yordanov.

“Its simplicity betters my focus. Its beauty keeps my attention. I don’t remember not feeling good about writing in iA Writer. This is like having a room dedicated to deep thinking. Every time I would enter that room my mind would do its best. Maybe that is why this is hard to explain: you have to use it for a while before you experience it fully.” —Mostafa Hajizadeh.

“I guess it‘s the clean slate that it offers. It reminds me of a piece of paper I just need to put on my desk and start writing on. Thoughts can flow and as soon as I‘m ready I can go through the text and edit it like I would do on paper. But more efficiently as I don‘t have to use correction fluid. So it‘s like Super-Paper?” —Kevin Wammer.

“iA Writer was the first app I've ever bought on the AppStore. It was when I realised moving to Mac was a good decision.” —David Garcia.

The iA Team Works Around the Globe

In Tokyo: Iain and Takeshi
In Tokyo: Iain and Takeshi

Oliver, Chris and Yumiko (Zurich), Agaric (Lyon), Anton (Helsinki), Ayano and Emiko (Tokyo), and Pedro (Berlin).

Get focused, get started: Just when it really matters and we should really do what we are about to do we are most vulnerable to distractions. How come? And what can we do against it? Distractions allow us to delay the moment of truth where we need to show who we really are, what we can really do, where we need to expose ourselves, prove ourselves, and ultimately face the mirror of reality. That is why getting started with important matters is particularly hard. When we are about to do something that is important, we are most likely to procrastinate. So we don’t need to face others and ultimately ourselves. We procrastinate to protect ourselves. We might get rejected. We might get no response. We might find out that we are not as great as we hope to be. And while we procrastinate, others advance. This is why it so hard to start with that novel, publish that blog post, make that call, or write that proposal. The only way to fight that fear is focussing. Focussing no matter what. Focussing against all odds. Focus, get started, get it done. This needs courage. There is no app or tool that will give you courage. But there are environments that encourage slacking out. And there are environments that encourage you to focus.

Risks and challenges

We have successfully launched our app on three platforms already and we now have a fully working Alpha version for Windows.

We'd like to add a couple of touches like a file library and localizations to make it super-awesome. With your support, we can polish the app, make it bullet-proof, and you can get focused on your next writing project.

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