IA Writer 4

Zen and the art of fo­cused writ­ing. $14.99 | IA.NET

APC Australia - - Software - Gary Mar­shall

This app was one of the first to of­fer a dis­trac­tion­free writ­ing space, and it re­mains one of the best. Its ‘you can choose any font you like as long as it’s this one’ ap­proach is all about get­ting you to fo­cus on what you’re writ­ing rather than faffing around with themes and pref­er­ences.

It of­fers all the es­sen­tials: great ex­port op­tions, iCloud sync as well as Mark­down for­mat­ting, and it can also help you spot lan­guage abuse such as overuse of nouns, ad­jec­tives, verbs and more.

Ver­sion 4 keeps the same min­i­mal­ist in­ter­face as in pre­vi­ous edi­tions, but adds some pow­er­ful new fea­tures. You can now em­bed im­ages with a sim­ple for­ward slash and file­name, and you can do the same with text files or CSV ta­bles. That means you can cre­ate mas­ter doc­u­ments con­tain­ing mul­ti­ple text files (a book, say, or a lengthy re­port), or pull in text blocks you’ve saved pre­vi­ously. CSV em­bed­ding means your Mark­down text can in­clude prop­erly for­mat­ted ta­bles, which is re­ally handy.

How­ever, be­cause it doesn’t give you ac­cess to your Mac’s file sys­tem, you need to drag im­ages or ex­ter­nal files to its side­bar be­fore you can add them with a slash. That’s a mi­nor nig­gle; the em­bed­ding is a wel­come ad­di­tion to a great app.

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