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FocusWriter Alternatives for iPad

FocusWriter is not available for iPad but there are plenty of alternatives with similar functionality. The best iPad alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Bear or Pages. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to FocusWriter and 16 are available for iPad so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting iPad alternatives to FocusWriter are iA Writer, Ulysses, Quip and Byword.

FocusWriter alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Text Editors or Word Processors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of FocusWriter.
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FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.

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  1. Joplin icon

    Joplin

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Termux
    • Firefox

    Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownJoplin supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJoplin has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedJoplin is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Joplin.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineJoplin can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeJoplin doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Joplin.
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    seems to be very specifically for use as a daily planner of sourts; complete opposite of what I need, which is a text editor/word processor(hopefully with a couple of extra tools for story planning)

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  2. Bear is a beautiful and flexible writing app for note-taking and prose, both on the go for iOS devices and for the Mac OS desktop.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownBear supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingBear supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Bear.
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  3. Pages is a powerful word processor that lets you create stunning documents, and comes included with most Apple devices. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together from anywhere, whether they’re on Mac, iPad, iPhone, or using a PC.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Pages simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Pages lacks the same focus upon a distraction-free full-screen environment.

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  4. iA Writer icon

    iA Writer

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    The key to good writing is not that magical glass of Bordeaux, the right kind of tobacco or that groovy background music. The key is focus. What you need to write well is a spartan setting that allows you to fully concentrate on your text and nothing but your text.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDowniA Writer supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXiA Writer supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingiA Writer supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineiA Writer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeiA Writer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  5. Ulysses is a text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the world, it offers an integrated environment to brainstorm, draft, revise and even submit text on a professional level.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownUlysses supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    Quip

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Quip is a modern word processor that enables you to create beautiful documents on any device, including the iPad, iPhone, and the desktop. It combines documents and messages into a single chat-like “thread” of updates — making collaboration easy.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Quip simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineQuip can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownQuip supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    Byword

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac, iPhone and iPad.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownByword supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineByword can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    WriteNext

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    The writing application that boosts your writing. Increase focus and writing performance and reduce distractions by separating your creative writing from other activities. Let writing be the only activity you perform in the writing application.

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    Discontinued

    The website is still up and running, but Twitter said "it's going to shut down on November 01 2020 but found someone interested in taking over" but no news came ever since then. The Facebook page was last updated in 2021.

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    Allegory

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch

    Allegory is a powerful notes app with a beautiful iOS-centric UI. The minimal and focused writing experience, combined with an impressive set of powerful features, makes this the ideal choice for everyone.

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    1Writer

    • iPhone
    • iPad

    1Writer combines all the basic text editing features you would expect with all the advanced features you will ever need. Use 1Writer to write, research, revise, and share your ideas with maximum efficiency.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDown1Writer supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Works Offline1Writer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/Extensions1Writer can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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