Best Mac Writing Apps

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Whether you're a blogger looking for a new way to draft, or a novelist working on your magnum opus, there are plenty of ways to put words into documents on your Mac. Our favorites sync between multiple platforms, so you can edit your work when you're on the go with your iPhone or on the couch with your iPad.

Not only can these apps export your work to formats such as HTML and PDF, but certain apps allow you to publish straight to a blog. Many also include support for the popular Markdown writing syntax, which allows users to write in plain-text files that easily export to other formats later, such as HTML for online publishing.

Here are the best writing apps on macOS.

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • JuanSoto Says:

    Everytime I see a macOS list here... not too many freebies. A couple of good ones on this list though.

    I'm a big fan of Simplenote, it truly runs on everything (I have a native client on Linux and Android). Only wish they did encryption at rest (so nothing too sensitive, guys).

    I like that Apple Pages supports ePub - which I think should supplant PDF in most cases. I also see, once again... that Microsoft's output formats seem oppressive (PDF and docx only) compared to most other options.

  • Mickey Mouse Says:

    All of these apps are propriety so if further down the road in 5 to 10 years they might not exist and you can’t get at your data unless you use their program. Use emacs it’s one of the best editors out there. It’s been around than most of these companies have existed. It has a long learning curve but it’s worth it. And you never stop learning.

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