Alternative enhancements to iA Writer for distraction-free writing

Includes a focus modemode responsible for automatically highlighting the paragraph or sentence in which we write or revise in order to avoid looking at the rest of the document, thus reducing unnecessary distractions.

This app is compatible with markdown writingwhich allows you to use a series of symbols to format text without having to use key combinations like in Word or the application menu.

Additionally, it includes a parsing texts, allowing the user to see at a glance, the verbs used and their strength, if they have been repeated several times, if the text is ordered and if it is perfectly understood. This feature works in both English and Spanish.

It also includes a feature that analyzes text style, allowing the user to easily identify filler text, common cliches, and redundancies very quickly and easily.

Like any text editing application, this software allows you to add photos including a photo caption, and allows you to export texts in Word, HTML, Markdown and PDF. These are some of the main functions that the program offers us, functions that are regularly expanded.

Once we know all the functions that iA Writer integrates, it’s time to look for payment alternatives, if we don’t mind paying for an application of this type.


Typora is one of the highest paid iA Writer alternatives available in the market. This app gives us the same functions that we can find, in addition to other functions such as the possibility of creating tables, mathematical formulas, importing content from other applications, themes to customize the color of the application, creating diagrams And much more.

Typora is available for Windows in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, for Linux, Windows ARM and macOS. The app price for all available versions is $14.99. You can download the app and try it from its website before purchasing the license to use it.

The best

  • Available in Spanish
  • Features not available in iA Writer



If the number of options offered by iA Writer and its alternatives is very high and you are looking for a simple appwith few pretensions and functions, an ideal application for these needs is found in Ommwriter, an application that keeps distractions to a minimum.

One of the peculiarities of this application is that it invites us to listen to relaxing sounds while we write, so it is necessary to use headphones if we want to take advantage of this curious function that many users will love. Ommwriter is available for Windows and macOS at the price of €7.20 through your website.

We liked

  • Includes a series of relaxing sounds

We don’t like it

  • It is not available in Spanish
  • We cannot download a trial version to test it.


The design offered by the Inspire application is very similar to that of the iA program, including the structure of files, documents and the edit/preview view. In terms of functions, it offers practically the same ones that can be found there, including support for Markdown and Spanish translation.


Inspire is regularly priced in the Windows Store at €49.99. However, through its website we can access a trial version, with which we can test all the functions of the application for 14 days.

Inspire - Minimalist, user-friendly, distraction-free text editor
Inspire - Minimalist, user-friendly, distraction-free text editor


  • Optimized, functional and minimalist design.
  • Support for Dropbox and OneDrive.


  • Still on sale, the app is very expensive

Free options for iA Writer

But, we are not only going to find paid applications that perfectly complement the functions available in the main program. We also have at our disposal a large number of completely free applications.


QOwnNotes presents itself as an interesting alternative for users looking for an application that allows them to write using reduction. It includes a dark mode, support for custom themes, a full screen mode to avoid distractions, create lists and much more. While the interface isn’t the prettiest of them all, we consider it a worthwhile alternative if you’re looking for a Markdown-compatible app.


QOwnNotes is available for Windows (including Windows XP support), macOS, and Linux. This translated into spanishtherefore the language will not be a barrier to quickly obtain this application, an application that can be downloaded for free from its GitHub page where this project is hosted.

We like

  • Translated into Spanish
  • open-source

We don’t like it

write the monkey

WriteMonkey is an interesting option to consider if we are looking for an application compatible with markdown. Although the user interface leaves a lot to be desired, it allows us to use the application in full screen to avoid distractions. In the configuration options, Writemonkey offers us a large number of functions that meet most needs.


Writemonkey is available for download through its website, a website that has not yet implemented https, so the browser we use will warn us that it is an insecure website, although this does not affect not downloading the app.


  • Available in Spanish by downloading the language pack
  • It offers support for a large number of plugins.


  • If we want the application in Spanish, we must download the language pack.
  • Unfriendly interface.


Windows natively integrates the Notepad application, an application whose interface consists of only one line of menus, so the number of distractions is reduced to practically nothing. If you don’t want to spend money on such an app, Notepad is a great option to consider, as long as you don’t need to format the text.

If that is the case, you can use markdown scriptusing hash marks, square brackets, asterisks and symbols to later convert the text into an easily recognizable format using one of the various web pages with this feature.

The best


  • Does not allow text formatting

What are the best free and paid alternatives?

The best payment alternative is the one offered by Typora. Typora not only offers us the same functions that are also available in iA Writer, but it also allows us to create formulas and tables, functions that are not available at the moment and it seems that they will not arrive in a near future. Moreover, the price is 14.99 euros, which is half of what iA Writer for Windows costs.

Among the three free alternatives we have mentioned in this article, your doubt is the best of all write the monkeyan application with a large number of functions, including support for Markdow, support for a large number of plugins and with a distraction-free interface of any kind.