1Writer

Min­i­mal­ism that draws the eye

Mac Format - - RATED - De­vel­oper Ngoc Luu, 1writ­er­app.com iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 2.0 Age 17+

1Writer stands out among the dis­trac­tion-free Mark­down/text ed­i­tors on the App Store. The ba­sics are all here, but 1Writer goes fur­ther than most. It is vis­ually stripped back, but it has theme op­tions, a dark mode and en­ables line height and font size changes.

You can link doc­u­ments in lo­cal searches us­ing hash­tags. There’s also a To­day view wid­get to get at re­cent ed­its.

The re­ally clever fea­ture is JavaScript ac­tions that ex­tend the app. On adding an ac­tion you can ma­nip­u­late text, jump to doc­u­ment sec­tions, and send con­tent to a ser­vice, all with one tap. More than 30 ac­tions are avail­able, and you can write your own.

The app rarely stum­bles, but there are two doozies. Mis­spellings are flagged with a strikethrough but ig­nored if you con­tinue typing. The ex­tra key­board items feel ar­bi­trar­ily grouped, and the bar uses too much space. Craig Gran­nell

1Writer is a smartly-de­signed Mark­down edi­tor and note taker, with a few snags but lots to like.

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