From letters and memos to novels and screenplays, these are the best writing apps for Mac Keyboard cases be damned, there’s no better writing tool on the planet than the Mac… If you’ve got the right apps to get the job done. Text editors are one thing, but full on-writing tools are something else entirely. Luckily, the Mac App Store is full of apps specifically made for general purpose writing. Whether you’re a journalist, student, screenwriter, blogger, or even a novelist, there’s something for everyone. If you’re having trouble deciding which one is right for you, that’s where iMore comes in. Here are my favorite general purpose writing apps for Mac along with some advice on who they’re best suited for… Byword Byword is one of the simplest writing apps available for Mac and supports Markdown for writers that plan on exporting to a content management system. iCloud sync is included so you can seamlessly sync all your documents across IPHONE, IPAD, and Mac. Customizable fonts, a dark theme, and more are all customizable options as well. A one time in-app purchase of $4.99 also gets you exporting options to the publishing platform of your choice. Byword currently supports WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, Scriptogram, and Evernote Notebooks. If you want simple, distraction free, and easy publishing options across iOS and OS X, get Byword. $9.99 – Download Now See also: iOS, $4.99 – Download Now iA Writer iA Writer focuses on distraction free writing more than feature set, which makes it great for students and anyone who has trouble concentrating. Focus Mode in iA Writer allows for you to pay attention to the sentence in front of you and blurs out the rest. For anyone writing speeches, iA Writer has a Reading Time feature that lets you see exactly how long it takes to read through what you currently have written. iA Writer supports writing in Markdown and has IPHONE and IPAD counterparts with iCloud sync built-in. There’s also support for export to Microsoft Word format. iA Writer is the best choice for most students or those that just need a little extra help concentrating. $9.99 – Download Now See also: iOS, $4.99 – Download Now WriteRoom WriteRoom is another simple writing app with support for Markdown. Themes are fully customizable as well as shareable so you can make a writing space that’s your own. WriteRoom also features commands on sentence, word, and paragraph levels for complete control over how you write. Like iA Writer, WriteRoom can also give you reading times. One thing that makes WriteRoom unique is its ability to let you track and log your writing time and export it to a spreadsheet. If you don’t need Markdown support and care more about customizing and controlling your writing environment, WriteRoom is the perfect choice. $9.99 – Download Now See also: iOS, Free – Download Now Clean Writer Pro Clean Writer Pro is another lightweight writing app that focuses on the words in front of you more than anything. With Markdown support, theme support, and customizable fonts, Clean Writer Pro has enough options for casual writers. There’s also a focus mode in Clean Writer Pro but as opposed to the one sentence approach iA Writer users, Clean Writer Pro focuses on a paragraph at a time. For a bare bones writing experience that’s easy to pick up and just start using, get Clean Writer Pro. $2.99 – Download Now See also: IPAD, $0.99 – Download Now Ulysses III Ulysses III is a full featured writing app for Mac that gives you complete control over how you write, where you store it, and how you can interact with it. From different styles of Markdown syntax, to live previews, to groups, filters, and more, Ulysses III is by no means short on feature set. For those writing long papers, Ulysses III has excellent support for footnotes and citations as well. For when you aren’t on your Mac, Ulysses III can integrate with Daedalus Touch for on the go writing. For a complete writing suite with an interface as great as its feature set, look no further than Ulysses III. $44.99 – Download Now Scrivener Scrivener is an all-in-one writing suite for anyone who’s serious about hammering out serious content. From dissertations to screenplays to novels, Scrivener was made to handle anything you can throw at it. With support for MLA and APA style essays built right in, it’s great for college and graduate students with heavy writing loads. You can also import text files from pretty much any file type imaginable. Whether you’re a lawyer writing lengthy briefs or a novelist working on your next book, Scrivener has you covered. If feature set is something you aren’t willing to compromise on, Scrivener is what you’re looking for. $44.99 – Download Now Your picks? No matter what kind of writing you do, we feel the above apps will cover the needs of a pretty broad audience of writers. But as always, we know you guys do a fair amount of digging in the Mac App Store as well. If you found something we left off or you use something different, let us know what and why in the comments!        

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