App Review: iA Writer 3, a Text Editor for Focused Writing

When Information Architects released their Mac app iA Writer nearly five years ago, it was one of the first distraction-free text editors. When I did a round-up of text editors in 2014, iA Writer was my top choice because of its simplicity.

Information Architects later released Writer Pro, an app that I found confusing, and that I felt contained some needless features. The company has now backtracked, returning the app to its minimalist origins, with iA Writer 3 (Mac App Store link), which restores the simplicity of the original app while retaining some of the additional features of Writer Pro.

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2 thoughts on “App Review: iA Writer 3, a Text Editor for Focused Writing

  1. I was a huge fan of iA Writer and used it for the last 3+ years (on Mac & iOS) but never saw the benefit to upgrade to the Pro version. Unfortunately, after seeing the 3.0 release and it being a free upgrade to only Pro users, I was extremely disappointed. I wasn’t expecting it to be free, but they essentially abandon long time users of the now deemed “classic” version with no warning. At the very least, I was hoping they’d offer a trial version test out or put the app on sale (like Flexibits did with Fantastical 2) so loyal customers (and new) could update without spending another $30. But seeing they left the current version high and dry and want to charge $20 for the Mac app and $10 for iOS, I simply couldn’t justify it. Not surprisingly, when I reached out to their support, I got a snarky list of excuses. Great write up and review but wanted to let other readers know of their poor customer service.

  2. I was a huge fan of iA Writer and used it for the last 3+ years (on Mac & iOS) but never saw the benefit to upgrade to the Pro version. Unfortunately, after seeing the 3.0 release and it being a free upgrade to only Pro users, I was extremely disappointed. I wasn’t expecting it to be free, but they essentially abandon long time users of the now deemed “classic” version with no warning. At the very least, I was hoping they’d offer a trial version test out or put the app on sale (like Flexibits did with Fantastical 2) so loyal customers (and new) could update without spending another $30. But seeing they left the current version high and dry and want to charge $20 for the Mac app and $10 for iOS, I simply couldn’t justify it. Not surprisingly, when I reached out to their support, I got a snarky list of excuses. Great write up and review but wanted to let other readers know of their poor customer service.

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