I’ve been using Writer Pro for about a week now for my writing, and I did enjoy using it for many reasons, but that doesn’t make it IMO the perfect writing app out there because it lacks a very important feature that i will talk about later.
So Here’s my Writer Pro Review:
Someone might say that Writer Pro is the “Pro” version of iA’s first writing app iA Writer which i’m actually using on my MacBook now to write this review.
iA Writer was and still a very popular app for Noise Free Writing Experience, with its clean UI, and focus mode that allow you to focus on the sentence you are writing now by fading away all the sentences that you already finished writing.
Writer Pro on iOS and OSX works the same way, it has the same beautiful clean UI, beautiful typography, and it supports Markdown, but it also has Syntax Control and a very easy to use Writing Workflow.
Syntax Control is a featured that was introduced with Writer Pro and it allow you to highlight specific words in your text depending on their place in the sentence, for example: Writer Pro can highlight adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, or conjunctions. Which is great, because it will allow you to see words that you might want to change with a better one, or more sophisticated one to impress your reader.
This feature got a lot of controversy regarding it when the developer behind Writer Pro decided to Trademark ™ Syntax Control and threatened other developers if they use it.
@JedMadsen Thanks, Jed. It looks obvious now, but it was a tough fight; so tough, that I'm ready to go into another fight to protect it. 🙂
— Oliver Reichenstein (@reichenstein) December 20, 2013
Fuck iA and their products. I’m glad I never bought iA Writer or iA Writer Pro — now I never will.
OK, Moving Along…
To be honest, this feature confuse me a little bit, you have 4 options while writing: Note. Write. Edit. Read.
The idea is that your article always starts with couple of notes, then you move on to writing the article, and when you are done, you edit it, then you read it. But I don’t see the point of having these options when all of them do the same thing, which is writing, the only thing that change when you change to one of these Writing Workflows is the font, and in my opinion Write has the best font.
Other than that, these “Wordflows” doesn’t do much, or even add anything to the app, because you can simply write your entire article inside the Note Workflow.
The Keyboard in Writer Pro gives you extra options and shortcuts to help you write quicker by having:
- Punctuation marks.
- Extra options like: (Copy, Cut, Paste, H1, H2, H3, Syntax, and Dark mode)
- Stats report like: number of words, characters, and length of the article.
That’s my biggest disappointment in Writer Pro, since it only support iCloud, which sucks by the way, in case you didn’t know. Did i mention iCloud syncing have a lot of errors too?
The app allow you to share your text on iMessage, Email, Twitter, Facebook, Copy as HTML, and the ability to printing it. And Writer Pro also support URL Scheme, which you can read more about it here.
So should you buy this app?
It’s up to you, the app looks great, its fast, has a lot of great features, but it also lack for some basic features, like Dropbox syncing.
Or the ability to share to WordPress directly from within the app, something that Byword, and Editorial support.
There’s a lot, and you can choose whatever makes you comfortable and help you with your writing.
It depends on how you write on iOS.