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A Mac service which adds additional PDF export functionality to iA Writer

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iA Writer Export

You like the elegance of the Latex output and the simplicity of the Markdown syntax?

You use the best Mac editor for writing and you wonder why there is no export to PDF functionality you really want to have?

Don't worry, here is a Mac service which adds this functionality to iA Writer using the amazing document format convertor library Pandoc.


  1. Download iA Writer from the App Store.
  2. Install Pandoc 1.9.x using a package installer listed on this installation page.
  3. If you have not pdflatex on your system, you have to install a Latex distribution (first check it out by writing which pdflatex into your Terminal).
  4. Move the service to ~/Library/Services or use a simple install script (./install) which does the same for you.
  5. Optionally you can set a shortcut for the export functionality. How to do this is described in the last section of this article.


Please pay attention to the development status of this Mac service. There is absolutely no warranty on correct functionality.


The contribution is welcome! Feel free to create issues or pull requests at any time.


  • handling documents with special characters in their names (currently only a message is being shown)
  • support for other extensions then .md
  • an easier installer, which checks the dependencies
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