Taio is a new Markdown editor for the Apple ecosystem (available on iPhone, iPad, and macOS), which will allow you to create and manage text in a professional way thanks to its 3 main features: the clipboard manager, the editor, and the actions section (automation)
Taio is, above all, a Markdown text editor/processor, but it can help you out with many more things thanks to its different features.
You’ll find one of those in the first tab called “Clips”. which automatically stores text that you have copied to the clipboard.
This is very useful because if you write, you’ve probably already noticed that many times you have to use the same content over and over again.
Maybe not in the same article, but in others.
It happens to me constantly when I make references to other articles I’ve already written, videos I’ve posted on the channel, links to apps…
Having a clip repository that you can quickly access to copy what you need, and go back to the editor to paste it and continue working, is a very good idea that I really think is designed by someone who is actually a writer.
- This clipboard manager Syncs between devices: what you store on the iPhone will appear on the iPad, and in the Mac app.
- You can rearrange it or pin clips to the top area for future quick access.
- You can perform quick actions on texts: Google search (in case you have copied something you want to investigate), merge texts, translate them, clear the clipboard, etc.
Just for this feature, you may be interested in taking a look at Taio, since, with the exception of some actions, the clipboard manager is totally free to use.
The editor (second tab, with an icon folder) is the main feature of the app, and it works, as it could not be otherwise, with Markdown.
And you can save those Markdown files (.md), wherever you want: either on the device itself, in iCloud, or in any other location/cloud.
And since they are .md files and not a Taio proprietary format, you can export them at any time, open them with any other application (like Obsidian), or migrate all your content to another app/service if you wish.
The best part about this editor is that it has a library that allows you to sort .md documents into folders and subfolders, so you can create the hierarchical structure you need.
Besides, a dark mode, the editor includes a lot of extra features that make it really useful:
- You can navigate through the headings of the whole document quickly using the first icon of the toolbar (the “outline”).
- You can generate a preview of the document with the eye icon.
- Perform actions on the text (Pro version only):, including viewing the text in a mind map, searching and replacing, converting parts of the text, etc.
- You can have several documents open in different tabs.
- Link to other documents within Taio, and even to specific parts of it.
- Add Snippets (only in the paid version), for example, to quickly add the current date.
- Make sketches on your iPad or iPhone to insert them into the documents…
The Pro version also allows you to export the content to a PDF or Word.
The Actions tab (third icon) is an extensive collection of automation only available for Taio Pro users.
There you will find actions to “automate your texts”.
You can create new automation, use the ones that come as examples, and decide if you want them to be launched on the texts of the clips, or from the editor.
This is the most complex part of the application since it’s like a small “Shortcuts App”, so the actions that you can create there are almost endless.
Some examples are:
- Change the case of the selected text
- Translate the selected text using DeepL
- Generate a list of the headings
- Extract links and text phones from a text
- Apply OCR to images
- And many more!
The vast majority of Taio’s features are free to use; if you want, you can use it as an editor and clipboard manager without paying a dime for it.
But if you’re looking for a little more power, especially the ability to perform actions on text to work faster, more customization of the editor, or export formats, you’ll have to join a Pro plan.
Luckily, this is quite economical.
You can use Taio with a monthly subscription of just $1.49, or even cheaper, joining a yearly subscription of $14.49 (which results in just $1.2 per month)
Also, if you think you are going to use it for a long time, you can buy a lifetime license with a one-time payment of $47.
So if you think you’ll use Taio for more than 3 years, this is your choice.
As you can see, Taio is a very handy application, and it only requires a paid plan if you are looking for professional features, and if you really need them, they are not too expensive to unlock.