Compose and edit Markdown documents in a distraction-free environment

Byword is one of those great apps that does one job and does it well. Rather than trying to offer too many features, it offers a distraction-free writing and text-editing environment with the added functionality of being able to incorporate Markdown syntax for basic formatting.

When you first open the app, you’re prompted to choose how you want to sync and save your documents. This can be done either within the app itself, via Dropbox or iCloud. Setup is pretty painless and only requires a quick, manual authorisation on the relevant service. Other than that, there really isn’t a lot more to it. This is where Byword succeeds where others fall short. Instead of bombarding you with options, it makes a few assumptions about how you’d like to work and, for the most part, they’re bang on. Add to that the ability to work using Markdown (a simple syntax for creating rich text format documents), export to HTML and constant saving of your work, and you’ve got a document editor for minimalists that really performs.

Rated 5 out of 5

Byword’s clutter-free writing environment packs just the right amount of functionality.