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Aug 27

WriteRoom – Distraction free writing.

Normally: $24.00

ZOT Price: $14.95

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For people who enjoy the simplicity of a typewriter, but live in the digital world. WriteRoom is a full-screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you’re used to, WriteRoom is just about you and your text. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

A place to sit down and write

Walk into WriteRoom, and watch your distractions fade away. Now it’s just you and your text. WriteRoom is a place where your mind clears and your work gets done. When your writing is complete, exit WriteRoom and re-enter the busy world with your work in hand.

Overcome the challenge of your digital life

With so much e-mail and information pouring in, the digital life we lead can sure be a blur. If you’ve found it getting harder to focus on the words you want to write, if you’ve forgotten how great it feels to really write distraction-free, then let WriteRoom help you rediscover your muse.

Enhance writing in other programs

Using a feature called “Edit in WriteRoom,” you can take text out of many compatible programs and bring it into WriteRoom’s with a single click or keystroke. When you’re finished, close WriteRoom and the text will be updated in the original program. So regardless of what program you’re in or what you’re typing, you can take your text to WriteRoom and block everything else out until you’re done.

Furnish to your liking

Your WriteRoom can stay green-on-black, or you can choose your own colors, fonts, and page layout. Scale up your text for easy reading. Show the scroll bar all the time, or only when you need it. Even features like spell-checking and rulers are there if you want them.

Is WriteRoom the right tool for you?

WriteRoom is designed for distraction free writing. If you are looking for a programmer’s text editor or tool to help you manage large writing projects then there are better choices. If you need syntax highlighting and command line integration try TextMate. If you need to manage a large writing projects try Scrivener. If you just need to block out distractions and write then I think WriteRoom is a great choice.

Do you like feature lists? Here are the features that I think make WriteRoom special:

  • Full-screen editing Get free from your computer and its distractions. WriteRoom’s full-screen mode hides it all away leaving just you and your text behind.
  • Document based auto-save Your documents are stored in standard text file formats and autosaved in the background to help protect your work in case the power goes out.
  • Distraction free features The menu bar, scroll bar, and word count appear when you move your mouse to the edge of the screen.
  • ‘Retro’-fit your cursor Prefer block cursors to bars? Hate blinking cursors? WriteRoom has every combination you’d want.
  • Standalone or Edit-In Use WriteRoom on its own for all your text editing needs, or let WriteRoom be your ticket to full-screen editing for text in any compatible program.

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7 Responses to “Write Room – Distraction free writing”

  1. Mark S Says:

    This is a pretty nice app. Unfortunately, I already have it. The actual word processing features are similar to Text Edit (its native file formats are TXT and RTF) It does just what it says; it takes everything off the screen (including the Dock and Finder menubar) so you can focus on writing. (The screenshots aren’t exactly truthful as it does not have a shiny look to it. It would be cool though!) One great feature that isn’t mentioned is that it can open and export .doc files. WriteRoom is a great way to just get the writing part done and then you can open your work in a full word processor if you need to modify or add any formatting. I highly recommend it for students or anyone who writes a lot. The developer is also great at responding to questions and bugs on his forum.

    There are two small additions I would like to see in a future version. It’d be great to be able to select your page size and view how many pages you have. Currently you can only choose the amount of pixels wide and tall you want your workspace page to be. It has a very handy word counter that hides when you take your mouse off it. I’d just like to see the same thing with pages. I’m a student and my assignments obviously have page requirements. It’d just be helpful to keep tabs on it from time to time as I write.

  2. Rob Says:

    I have been using this program for almost a year now to write blog posts. It is absolutely fantastic and at the price I had to buy another copy!!

    Thank you!

  3. Josh of Pixelton Says:

    This is one of the most simple an zen apps out there. If you write anything and find yourself wandering, this is worth every penny.

  4. bt Says:

    This is definitely a great application. I highly recommend it. I remember when I first read the glowing reviews of it, I thought “big woop”. Then I used it. For writing, it’s like sinking yourself into a big pile of pillows with a good book: it’s home.

    Don’t believe me. Download it and give it a whirl for anything you want to write. Don’t let this deal get away.

  5. SoftwareJunkie Says:

    This is one of those many apps that macZot frequently offers for which I have absolutely no use.

    I do little to no writing. I don’t blog, don’t ask me.

    Zot’ed.

    This app is just so cool that I can’t help myself.

  6. Mark S Says:

    Wow, SJ. True to your name. Maybe you’ll be enticed to do some writing now!

  7. Thorsten Says:

    Zotted days ago!