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  • FocusWriter icon

    FocusWriter

    FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work. The program autosaves your progress, and reloads the last files you had open to make it easy to jump back in during...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

  • Write! icon

    Write!

    Write! is a distraction-free text editor that boosts your productivity. It supports markdown syntax, spell-checker, cloud integration and much more! Features: Native Cloud Clean UI With Tabs Writing Sessions ...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

  • Typora icon

    Typora

    Typora will give you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Replace them with a real live...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • WriteMonkey icon

    WriteMonkey

    Writemonkey is a Windows zenware writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words.

    Freemium Windows

  • iA Writer icon

    iA Writer

    The key to good writing is not that magical glass of Bordeaux, the right kind of tobacco or that groovy background music. The key is focus. What you need to write well is a spartan setting that allows you to fully concentrate on your...

    Commercial Mac Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    WriteRoom

    For Mac users to write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing. Requires Mac OS X 10.7+

    Commercial Mac

    • Discontinued The program is no longer available for iOS. The Mac version, v3.2.1, released in August 2012, can be still bought from the AppStore.
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    Byword

    Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac, iPhone and iPad. Features - Designed to make writing more enjoyable using Markdown - Sync text documents across all your Mac, iPhone, iPad devices -...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • Q10 icon

    Q10

    Q10 is a simple but powerful text editor designed and built with writers in mind.

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last version dates from 2011.
  • Mou icon

    Mou

    Mou, web developers' Markdown editor for Mac OS X. When current available Markdown editors are almost all for general writers, Mou is different: It's for web developers. Syntax highlighting, live preview, fullscreen mode, auto...

    Commercial Mac

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    ghostwriter

    ghostwriter is a Windows and Linux text editor for Markdown, which is a plain text markup format created by John Gruber. For more information about Markdown, please visit John Gruber’s website at https://daringfireball.net/.

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Ulysses icon

    Ulysses

    Ulysses is a text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the world, it offers an integrated environment to brainstorm, draft, revise and even submit text on a professional...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • MarkPad icon

    MarkPad

    MarkPad is a Text editor for writing in MarkDown-Syntax. It will display the parsed and styled result to the right side of the plain text on the left.

    Open Source Windows

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    OmPad

    OmPad is a free, simple, powerful, beautiful and minimal writing app that helps you focus and concentrate on writing great content. Format your text with headings, bold, italic, links, images, lists, code and quotes. -...

    Free Web / Cloud

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    OmmWriter

    Ommwriter is a simple text processor that firmly believes in making writing a pleasure once again, reinvindicating the close relationship between writer and paper. The more intimate the relation, the smoother the flow of inspiration.

    Commercial Mac Windows iPad

  • Nuclino icon

    Nuclino

    Your Team's Collective Brain - A lightweight real-time wiki that works the way you think.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • UberWriter icon

    UberWriter

    With UberWriter it’s simple to write beautiful documents in Markdown. Features include 'focus mode' that highlights your last sentence and gives you a typewriter-esque feel, out of the box spellcheck, and a very clean...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The last update to UberWriter's website was in 2012. The latest release on its Launchpad page was also in 2012, and bug reports are not being answered. May have trouble installing its binary release on recent versions of Ubuntu.
  • Bear icon

    Bear

    Bear is a beautiful and flexible writing app for note-taking and prose, both on the go for iOS devices and for the Mac OS desktop. KEY FEATURES - Stay organized by linking notes to each other. - Use hashtags to organize and add...

    Free Mac iPhone iPad

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    JotterPad

    JotterPad — Writer is the next-generation plain text editor engineered for Creative writing, perfect for writing novel, lyrics, poems, essay, draft and screenplay. The clean typing interface allows you to focus on shaping your...

    Freemium Android

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    ZenWriter

    ZenWriter, a text editor for Windows that cuts out all the distraction and lets you focus on letting your thoughts flow. It’s a full screen, zen-like program that offers few formatting options but a whole lot of tranquility. If you...

    Commercial Windows

  • Typewrite icon

    Typewrite

    Typewrite is a real-time collaborative writing environment with Markdown support, versioning and Dropbox syncing.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

    • Discontinued Website/service unavailable.
  • Dillinger icon

    Dillinger

    Dillinger is a cloud-enabled, mobile-ready, offline-storage, AngularJS powered HTML5 Markdown editor. Type some Markdown on the left See HTML in the right You can also: Import and save files from GitHub, Dropbox...

    Open Source Web / Cloud

  • Big Huge Labs Writer icon

    Big Huge Labs Writer

    Writer is a free online distraction free writing environment provided by Big Huge Labs.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • PyRoom icon

    PyRoom

    PyRoom is a free editor that stays out your way - and keeps other things out of your way, too. As a fullscreen editor without buttons, widgets, formatting options, menus and with only the minimum of required dialog windows, it...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The last entry on the dev blog dates from 2010.
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    Calmly Writer

    Calmly Writer is a professional text editor designed to focus on what you want to tell, with a simple, unobtrusive and distraction-free user interface.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Chrome OS

  • Editorially icon

    Editorially

    Write. Rewrite. Share and discuss. Everything you need to make good writing great.

    Free Web / Cloud

    • Discontinued Editorially is shutting down on May 30th: http://stet.editorially.com/articles/goodbye/
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    SmartDown

    A zen and efficient MarkDown editor for Windows - Integrated library: All your files in the same place with Cloud (OneDrive, Dropbox, ...)support - Improve your creativity : Hightlight mode, full screen mode - Integrated Wordpress...

    Commercial Windows

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    Dark Room

    Dark Room is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, Dark Room is just about you and your text. Basically, Dark Room is a clone of the original WriteRoom that...

    Free Windows

  • ZenPen

    A minimalist writing zone, where you can block out all distractions and get to what's important. The writing.

    Free Web / Cloud

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    JDarkRoom

    JDarkRoom is a popular, simple full-screen text file editor with none of the usual bells and whistles that might distract you from the job in hand. If you are writing a speech, novel, essay, thesis or just need to be able to...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Last version dates from 2010.
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    MultiMarkdown Composer

    MultiMarkdown Composer is a text editor for Mac that is designed from the ground up around the MultiMarkdown Syntax. It is designed to make writing in MultiMarkdown even easier than it already is, with automatic syntax highlighting...

    Commercial Mac

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    Macchiato

    Macchiato is a simple plain text editor with a twist. Modeled after TextEdit's plain text mode, the editor is a chrome-less blank canvas. However, it is built from the ground up for writing Markdown prose—and, as such, it will...

    Commercial Mac

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    Markdown Life

    An elegant and easy to use editor with simplicity for the Markdown markup language. Markdown Life is able to use full power of your new Mac and brings you unprecedented performance. An elegant and easy to use editor with simplicity...

    Commercial Mac

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    Rough Draft

    Rough Draft is like writing with pen and paper, so you can't delete words, only cross them out.

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad

  • Blogilo icon

    Blogilo

    Blogilo is a blogging client for KDE, which supports famous blogging APIs.

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Beegit

    Beegit is the online writing platform that removes barriers across your organization to create, edit and approve web content. Try it free.

    Free Personal Web / Cloud

Desk Comments

Perfect!

Positive Comment by Devology
about Desk Aug 2015

I use this tool exclusively to author my Wordpress Blog content, it's clutter free, enabling me to focus on the content. It synchronises effortlessly with Wordpress and enables me to copy and paste images from the web without any horrible upload process.

Prior to using this tool I was using Mars Edit, but this app is more polished and a joy to use.

I'd almost go as to say its 'Perfect'.

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