Liquid | Author


Liquid | Author is a word processor with powerful tools which are fast and natural to use, giving you greater control of your writing process, and citation support to give your documents more credibility.


New in Version 2.0:


  • On 'Publish' a cover page will be added and an improved References/Bibliography section will be appended automatically (Publishing is how Author documents are exported and is an optional In-App-Upgrade).
  • Supports dragging of images and clicking on them to add citation information.
  • Link from Safari can now be automatically be used as citation.
  • cmd-f now performs a search which reformats the document instantly to show only sentences with the selected text AND cmd-f again toggles back to regular view.
  • Many smaller improvements.



Despite it's clean workspace, Author is not a 'markdown' application and therefore supports images, even with transparency, with full citation attributions




In Author you can execute commands quickly so that you become more likely to use them and therefore will have a larger repertoire of commands available for day-to-day use, since they become second nature:


  • Quick Focus Mode. You can toggle in and out of full screen focus mode with a single tap on the ESC key (not just out, as with most software):



  • Quick Outline. Author gives you control over how you see your document by letting you pinch your trackpad to collapse your document into an outline, so you can also have an overview. In this view you can click to the left of any heading to move it around in your outline to re-order your document. Headings are assigned by selecting text and using the keyboard shortcuts cmd-1 through 6. To go back to regular view click on a heading to jump to it, ESC or pinch back out:



  • Quick Find. If you forget if you have used a certain word or phrase just select it and cmd-f to instantly show only the sentences in the document which has the text. Cmd-f again to return to regular view or click on a sentence to jump to it. When you are reading a document and not authoring this allows you to quickly see relevant sections of the document without scrolling around. (Cmd-g does the same again without needing to re-select the text):



  • Super-Quick Lookup & Search. To interact with the text in Author and all the text in your macOS applications, you can download the free companion utility ‘Liquid | Flow’ It’s worth getting used to since it will allow you to search, look anything up, convert translate and more so quickly that when you use another computer your hands will feel like they are working in slow motion:



  • Quick Command Access. Most commands are available through keyboard shortcuts and you can quickly learn any new commands since when you ctrl-click the keyboard shortcuts are clearly listed:






Powerful support for working with citations–often an intimidating (or, let's be honest, boring) task for beginning authors–is a critical functionality that sets Author apart from other word processing systems. Rather than being a chore to attend to at the end of a writing project, Author makes it easy for students to create and check the citations from books, articles, video and the web that they need to include to provide support for claims they are making in their papers. For teachers and others reading the finished work, citations can be clicked to check the accuracy, origin and usefulness of students' claims–resulting in more credible; transparent, connected, believable & checkable documents.


  • Auto-fills in citation information from books
  • Extracts citation information from web pages
  • Supports time-specific citations from videos and plays them inside the document
  • [Support for citation managers will be available 2018)








To share your document–that is to say to make it Public–you can choose to Publish (cmd-p) and Author automatically:


  • Add a Cover Page based on your personal details (stored from last use)
  • Format the Citations inside the document with (brackets) or superscript1
  • Append a References/ Bibliography section at the back of the document


Formats include:


  • .pdf
  • .doc
  • .rtf
  • plain text
  • .liquid (native Author document)
  • Print to paper


Note: This feature is available as an In-App-Upgrade since we decided to make the Author free so that you can try all the features for as long as you like.  If you prefer not to purchase this upgrade you can copy all the text and paste it anywhere you need it:






More Credible Documents


The result of authoring in a more distraction-free environment where you have access to quick searches and references–giving you the mental space and tools to really think your work through–and where you can clearly cite your sources in a way which your reader can check with minimal effort, results in higher quality documents with more credibility.



Download Author for macOS today from the Mac App Store for FREE



Liquid | Author



Author is built for Students...


Author is currently focused on high school and undergraduate students. Citation management systems support for graduate students is currently under development. Other academic and non-academic users should consider trying Author since the academic writing workflow is easily generalisable into most serious writing. Educators...


Liquid | Author is developed by Frode Hegland, Teacher of the Year at London College of Communication 2014, co-host of the annual Future of Text Symposium with Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet, and influenced greatly by his late friend and mentor Doug Engelbart, inventor of modern personal computing, including the mouse, word processing, and more, whom he worked with particularly on intellectual augmentation through interactive text. A perspective on how Author supports curiosity and deeper literature is available.


... in collaboration with You!


Thank you for looking at Author, we can only continue to improve with further user feedback so please feel free to email any thoughts or suggestions to


If you are interested you can have a look at how this relates to Deeper Literacy, learn more about The Project, Future Developments and  Author iOS (2018)



   Frode Hegland
   London, UK





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