Liquid | Author


Author is a visually minimalist word processor with powerful tools:




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Clean, Minimalist Interface


Despite it's clean workspace, Author is not a 'markdown' application and therefore supports images, even with transparency, with full citation attributions. For an even cleaner workspace, ESC to toggle into Full Screen mode, and back out.





Light Mode & Dark Modes


Author Supports Mojave Dark Mode with Edit mode shown on the left and Read mode shown on the right. For more about reading in Author, skip to the end.




Instant 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 always have an overview of your work.


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:





Fast Find


If you forget if you have used a certain word or phrase just select it and cmd-f to instantly see only the sentences in the document which has that specific text. Cmd-f again to return to regular view or click on a sentence to jump to it:





Super-Fast Lookup & Search


To interact with the text in Author and all the text in your macOS applications, you can download the companion utility ‘Liquid | Flow


It is 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:




Instant 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, something you will soon find useful and wonder why it's not standard.






Everything you Cut (but not Copied) is remembered by Author. CMD-shift-v to see what you have cut and choose what to paste:






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 citation information from books, web pages and YouTube Video
  • Click on imported images to add citation information



Export /  Publish


When you Export, Author automatically:


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


Formats include:


  • .pdf
  • .doc
  • .rtfd
  • .txt plain text
  • .liquid (native Author document)
  • Print to paper
  • WordPress:






By providing powerful reading tools to complement the writing tools, the effort you put in to your document will really shine when your audience reads the native document in Author. When in Read mode, you can:


  • Use the spacebar to go down a screen, just like on the web
  • Select text and hit the spacebar to have that text read out loud to you
  • Play video citations inside Author
  • Select text and cmd-f to see all occurrences of the text, which is particularly helpful when you are reading a large document
  • Super-Fast access to look up any text using Liquid | Flow



The modes are visually distinct:


  • In Edit mode the screen is warm
  • In Read mode the screen is grey


Toggle the modes by clicking the Done/Edit button at the bottom centre of the screen or keyboard shortcut: cmd /





Future developments we are working on includes supporting the Rich PDF format, as well as JATS and continually improve the citation handling capabilities of Author, plus much more flexibility and power for interacting with your text. If you have any comments of questions, please get in touch:



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