I'm the creator of this site (Grammar Gang). I'm also the founder of Codeless, a long-form content creation company that's been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, The Next Web, and hundreds more.
We produce around ~100 long, in-depth articles each month. So we're relying on these tools on a daily basis. Here, I break down the good, bad, and uuuuuuggggllllyyyy.
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First of all, don’t get confused by the name; it’s not an AI-based app. iA writer is a simple writing app with the sole purpose of providing a distraction-free environment so you can focus only on your words.
It’s the easiest app I tested; but is it at par with the big names like Scrivener or Final Draft? Let’s find out.
iA Writer Pros
#1 The biggest strength of iA Writer is its clean interface. There is no complexity, no fancy features. Just a plain sheet where you can carve your thoughts. It really helps you keep focused while working on a project.
#2 It’s the only software in my test which is compatible with all the different operating platforms. You can use it on Windows, Mac, Android, and even on your iPhone or iPad.
#3 “Focus Mode” is an interesting feature that, when turned on, focuses only on the current sentence or paragraph and greys out everything else you have written on the document.
It’s convenient in keeping your mind on the spot.
#4 iA Writer comes with a bunch of pre-designed templates for your disposal that you can use by going to “File”. Or you can also create your own templates.
#5 You can integrate iA Writer with iCloud and Dropbox, and that enables you to backup all your content in the cloud.
And since, you can add Dropbox; it also opens the door for you to share your writing with your friends and collaborate with them on your projects.
#6 iA Writer enables you to publish your draft directly to WordPress and Medium. And it also includes the feature to preview your content as HTML page.
iA Writer Cons
#1 While all the other software provides at least 3-4 different file formats to export your content, iA Writer fails drastically in this section. There are only two exporting options – PDF and Docx.
#2 I also couldn’t find a way to quickly write rough ideas on iA Writer. You have to go through the same process as you would do to write a general script.
#3 Customer service is another major concern for iA Writer. Firstly, there’s no online chat support; the only way to submit your request is via email. And when you do that, it takes days to resolve your issues.
iA Writer Pricing Plans
iA Writer offers three different plans for its customers. The Android version is free forever. It is the only tool that has separate pricing for its Mac and Windows version.
While the Mac license is for $28.99, Windows license is a little cheaper at $19.99, and both of the versions are paired up with a 30-day free trial.
Unfortunately, there is no such provision for the iOS platform because of Apple’s policies. You have to buy it for $8.99.
Do I recommend iA Writer?
Yes, I would recommend iA Writer if you like a minimal feature, easy to use writing app that is also free (at least for Android).
The Focus Mode, Dropbox, and iCloud integration, and the ability to export directly to WordPress and Medium makes it a worthwhile choice for bloggers, short story writers, and other writers who indulge in general writing stuff.
However, this app is certainly not made to serve professional screenplay or novel writers or any other heavyweight project that consist of several sections or chapters, bibliography, etc.