iA Writer 6 adds a “knowledge management system” to create your own personal wikis

iA Writer 6 brings the biggest update since the product launched 12 years ago with Markdown functionality. This clean, simple, and distraction-free writing app now has an all-new wikilink feature, making it easier to connect, navigate, and rediscover your writing.

Available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users, iA Writer 6 was a nearly two-year project with a group of over 1,000 beta testers who worked with the iA team to “transform a library static documents into a living knowledge base”.

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Wikis allow you to add everything you read and write to a body of ideas that live and grow. You can connect your thoughts and learnings, make them easily findable, and create a living web of articles, notes, research, and ideas. Once you start connecting your documents, you just don’t want to go back to static files. Markdown and wikis will never be as popular as ice cream. But they should also be engaging and easy to access for anyone who takes notes, does research, and writes professionally.

The idea of ​​iA Writer 6 is to give users their own Wikipedia with everything they learn, think, know and encounter. To create a wiki link, users simply type [[ and the name of the file they would like to link to.

By combining the simplicity of Markdown with the power of wikilinks, iA Writer opens the doors to anyone with basic Markdown skills to quickly start their own wiki.

In addition, iA Writer 6 brings Navigation History, which keeps track of the files you recently opened using wikilinks, Library, or Quick Search. With hashtag improvements, they can now be added anywhere in the text while also bringing consistent styling for hashtags and other links.

Starting with iA Writer 6, all web links and email addresses are automatically detected. There are also improvements to content blocks and the editor itself. As a matter of fact, the look and feel of iA Writer is completely new with all-new highlight colors and customizable completed task appearance in Editor settings.

These features and many more are available as a free update to existing users of iA Writer. For everyone else, the app costs $49.99 on the App Store and doesn’t require any other in-app purchase.


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Donald E. Patel