When comparing Macchiato vs iA Writer, the Slant community recommends iA Writer for most people. In the question“What is the best Markdown editor for OS X?” iA Writer is ranked 11th while Macchiato is ranked 23rd.
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Pro Does not distract the user
Macchiato does not get in the way. It has a minimalist UI that highlights Markdown syntax.
Pro Support for latest Mac OSX features
Macchiato supports Mac OSX features like fullscreen mode, auto-save and version history.
Pro Can tell how long it would take to read through what you've written
Pro A mode that brings focus to the sentence you're working on
Enabling Focus Mode will dim the whole text except the sentence you are currently writing on.
Pro Create whole document by including separate images/markdown docs
This is new and very awesome feature in iA Writer 4.0
Pro Markdown support
Pro Noise Free Writing Experience removes even the program bar
The Noise Free Writing Experience is one of the first approaches to create a first class distraction-free environment. The feature hides the Mac program bar when you start writing.
Pro Available for all Apple devices
iA Writer is available for Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Pro Can export a Word document
Pro Syncs using iCloud and Dropbox
iA Writer can sync documents using iCloud or Dropbox from within the editor for use across multiple devices.
Con Software is somewhat expensive and there's no trial version to test it out
Macchiato costs $19.99 and offers no way of testing the software before buying.