iA Writer and WordPress publishing

iA Writer has some magic joojoo. I use this no gimmicks focused writing tool at work to record meeting notes and brainstorming sessions.

I’m playing with a publishing flow (for this site) which will allow me to compose my thoughts within iA Writer and publish directly to the site using a few handy keyboard shortcuts.

Credit to this iA Writer + WordPress workflow which I used as a base. I experimented [and failed] with Markdown.pl + Automator for conversion prior to sending the post to the site. If anyone has any tips on getting the workflow working correctly, please leave a comment. The current system works like this:

  1. Compose post in iA Writer
  2. Keyboard shortcut via Keyboard Maestro
  3. Part of the macro includes the posting workflow (select body, compose email and send to site)

I tried to mix in the shell script to handle the markdown -> HTML. For now, I’m using the handy Markdown on Save Improved plugin.

If crontab was configured correctly, this iA Writer to WordPress post should be published automatically.

Discuss - 2 Comments

  1. Ian Douglas says:


    I first discovered iA Writer through the astroaficiando post you link to above. I was looking for a minimalist writing environment that ideally could be used completely offline (sometimes I’m even distracted by being connected at all, even without Safari or Mail open). I tried the solution, but I couldn’t get the Subject to work, and I also realised that some formatting would be less than perfect. Life moved on and I didn’t use the workflow and more or less abandoned iA Writer. The full screen option in WordPress filled in.

    But last night I was looking again for a solution. I wish iA Writer would develop one, and I even asked them to, but they’re focus on doing what they’re doing: bare minmum text, and I love what they have provided.

    Did you ever get further in your use of iA Writer?

    What I really wish is that it had a real backend, like Mail, where I could save drafts, publish whenever I wanted, but that the writing environment could be invoked just as they have it.

    Wish I was a real programmer!

    BTW: Back in 2006 maybe I used a theme of yours for a site I had then. GridFocus? I really liked your work. At the time you were the first to take WordPress in the direction of elegant minimalism.

    • Derek says:

      My use of iA Writer has remained the same. Although, I’ve started experimenting with Byword. Coupled with QuickCursor Byword can be invoked from any text area. I still enjoy WordPress but my time for playing with the project and building sites has waned over the past year or so. I just haven’t found the time outside of work. My goal is still to maintain a simplified publishing system using a static / markdown backend. Still a work in progress. I could always use one of the pre-existing services which utilize Dropbox as the backend for publishing.

      Ahhh… Grid Focus. Hasn’t changed in a super long time. Another project that needs updating when I find the time.