How else do you explain the dozens of new writing apps for the Mac? When you see me praise a writing app with very few features you’ll know the spores from outer space have taken over my body. Maybe simple is better but it comes with a price.
Writing Simply Is Simple
It wasn’t that long ago that anyone who wrote for a living or for pleasure used Microsoft Word. Most of the popular writing apps today are devoid of even the most rudimentary features from yesteryear.
Take iA Writer. It’s an elegant app with all the basics, not too expensive, and sufficiently popular that it won Apple’s Official Mac App of the Year Award.
To me, iA Writer has been studying how Starbucks turned 25-cents of coffee into a $5 experience. Hey, it’s still coffee!
This cleverly marketed app has nowhere near the features or functionality of even the most bare Mac word processors, yet gets hundreds and hundreds of five star reviews.
What causes such devotion? I’m telling you. Someone from outer space is snatching bodies on earth and turning them into writers.
Where’s the word processor toolbar? Remember, simple is better, and less is more. Repeat that endlessly or until you calm down.
To justify fewer features than normal earthling writers are used to, iA Writer bills itself as minimalism at its best.
It comes with a Focus Mode for intense focus, word for word, one sentence at a time.. A Fullscreen mode for distraction free writing (apparently, pod-people from outer space are easily distracted).
Markdown is built-in. So are reading time, word, and character count. iA Writer takes advantage of Apple’s Autosave, and iCloud sync so you won’t lose what you write.
It seems as if our outer space pod-people haven’t advanced their minimalism, less-is-more cause all over the world, as iA Writer only supports latin alphabets (no Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hebrew or Arabic, etc.).
It doesn’t even use Word .doc files. It’s mostly plain text, just as you’d expect outer space creatures to use.
Admittedly, iA Writer is easier to use than Microsoft Word, and that only makes for a more calming, focused experience, not to mention the money saving opportunity. All those five star reviews scare me about the users. They just seem so serene.