iA Mess

by Volker Weber


I write almost everything with iA Writer. On the Mac I also bought iA Writer Pro when that came out, but I never used it. Way too complicated. But I love iA Writer to bits and pieces. I also used it on iPad, rarely on iPhone, and tested it on Android. To cut a long story short: iA Writer was perfect for me, both on iPad and Mac. I synced all documents through Apple's cloud and never bothered to organize them. Piler vs Filer I guess.

Then iA decided to take iA Writer Pro back to the iA Writer roots. Turn both programs into one. That's iA Writer 3. The original iA Writer was purged from the app stores, iA Writer 3 replaced iA Writer Pro. And that is completely backwards to me. iA Writer 3 should have replaced iA Writer, not iA Writer Pro. Now I have "/Applications/iA Writer" and "/Applications/iA Writer" on my Mac. And in iCloud they point to different directories. I don't really want to upgrade on iPad, because I like the lean iA Writer better. But I also want to see my edits both on Macs and iThings.

Who wins? Microsoft. I have Word Mobile on all my machines. And they all automatically sync through OneDrive. Simplicity wins.


For me, as an APPLE only nerd, it's Byword. iAWriter Pro and the marketing hype around it send me back to take a new look. I never use iA products again, because of these shitty pro. So, the best thing i learned from iAWriter Pro is Nils Frahm from the promo-video. But the product itself, i feel fooled from iA, and so i never look back. But i respect and like oliver reichenstein. But iAWriter? Nope, never again. There are enough good alternatives over at the apple ecosystem.

Bernd Hofmann, 2015-09-18

Interesting story, Volker. Who would have thought a couple of years ago that you would become a (partial) Microsoft fanboy.

Ingo Seifert, 2015-09-18

I look at stuff and try to keep an open mind. Who would have thought that Microsoft would build an app that just stores everything automatically and keeps it synced, while radically simplifying the UX.

Volker Weber, 2015-09-18


Hubert Stettner, 2015-09-18

passend zum Thema ein aktueller hörenswerter Podcast von den Mac Power Users

Jörg Heuer, 2015-09-23

Sowas halte ich nicht aus. Was kommt raus?

Volker Weber, 2015-09-23

es kommt drauf an ;-)

Jörg Heuer, 2015-09-23

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