I received an iTunes gift card for Valentine’s Day, so I took to the App Store to see what wondrous new apps I could buy. Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve become very interested in what apps could make things easier. I saw that iA Writer was deemed one of the Mac Apps of the year for 2011, and was on sale for 50% off its normal price. Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to iA Writer.
I’m using the application to write this blog post, and it has been very enjoyable. I’m using it in full-screen mode and have turned on “Focus Mode.” Focus Mode emphasizes the current sentence you are typing; everything else is slightly greyed out. I really like this feature and can see how this causes the user to focus more on the current sentence. Many times when I am writing, I find myself looking back, with a critical eye, at previous sentences. Focus mode minimizes this, and I feel it is easier to keep a steady flow of thoughts going.
The app is very minimal; the focus is solely on writing. This being said, when you take a pause from typing, simple stats are displayed along the bottom of the screen. The stats that are shown are words, characters, and reading time; nothing too earth-shattering, but certainly useful. There are additional features of the app that I have not used. I do not use iCloud, so I do not have much of a use for that aspect of iA Writer. All in all, I’m satisfied with my purchase and look forward to using iA Writer for future blog posts.