iA Writer – A Minimalist iPad App for Writers

February 14, 2011

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The simple name "Writer" is befitting for Information Architects' (iA) minimalist, word processing,  iPad app.  iA Writer for iPad does away with all distractions, presenting a minimalist tool set to help focus the writer.  Focus Mode blurs out everything except your current three lines of text.  There are no editing tools such as cut/copy/paste.  No formating tools such as bold, italics, underline.  No page count. No underlining of spelling errors.  No 10,000 fonts to choose from, nor a potpourri of colors.  No. No…and, no again.  

iA Writer uses one font calle Nitti Light.  Amazingly the font/text is designed to be a part of the user interface.  The app functions are designed to focus the writer on the actual writing, not on how it looks! Dropbox is added to allow web synchronization of your docs to other devices, so you can sidestep iTunes altogether.  There's an interesting function called a Read Time which is the amount of time it takes to read what you've written, in addition to a word and character count. Less is more…  and is is really cheap at $4.99.  iA Writer is available at iTunes.  

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AMYUpperEastSide March 4, 2011 at 12:59 am

It really is a great app. I commit to writing with it about 30 minutes a day and just let it rip. At the end of the week I transfer the text to my laptop novel software.

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Robin March 4, 2011 at 11:34 am

I'm guessing you're using the DropBox feature, which should make that task fairly simple.

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Kendra000 March 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I've been looking for an app just like this.  Thanks for the find!  
On another note.  This is one of the best writing / tech blogs on the net.   

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Robin March 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Thank you Kendra000

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