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  • 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

    • WriteMonkey has the same ability to customize the writing window and fonts It does have more features, with markdown support, for example, but it offers the same full screen distraction-free writing experience. It is also free and can be run as a portable app like FocusWriter. callywDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    iWork - Pages

    Pages is a streamlined word processor and an easy-to-use page layout tool for the Mac. It allows you to be a writer one minute and a designer the next, always with a perfect document in the works.

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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  • 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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    Organon

    Organon is a plugin for LibreOffice and OpenOffice. Organon allows to split up large texts into parts, allows tagging and opening parts of the project in new tabs. Parts are shown in a treeview. Entries can be moved by...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux LibreOffice Apache OpenOffice

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    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

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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

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    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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    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.
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    LightPaper

    LightPaper is a simple, beautiful, powerful yet free Text Editor for passionate writers. You can use LightPaper to write any kind of text documents – blogs, articles, notes, READMEs, TODOs, or the next chapter of your new novel. Its...

    Commercial Mac

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    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

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    • 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

  • SmartDown icon

    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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  • Liquid Story Binder XE icon

    Liquid Story Binder XE

    Liquid Story Binder XE is a uniquely designed word processor for professional and aspiring authors, poets, and novelists. Writing software for those who require the editing ability of a commercial text editor as well as a document...

    Commercial Windows

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    • Discontinued Last update was around 2011, can still be bought.
  • Desk icon

    Desk

    An award-winning & beloved desktop publishing client, exclusively for OS X. You are a storyteller, passionate about crafting narratives that capture, express, and delight in what it means to be human.

    Commercial Mac

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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

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    • Discontinued Last version dates from 2010.
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    TextRoom

    TextRoom is a free (as in freedom and free beer) full screen text editor developed especially writers in mind. TextRoom and all other similar editors share one goal: to get you writing right away by providing distraction free...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued Last commit dates from 2011. The last issue (still marked as new) dates from 2013.
  • WordGrinder

    WordGrinder is a word processor for processing words. It is not WYSIWYG. It is not point and click. It is not a desktop publisher. It is not a text editor. It does not do fonts and it barely does styles. What it does do is words....

    Open Source Windows Linux

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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

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    Paragraphs

    Paragraphs is an app just for writers. It was built for one thing and one thing only: writing. It gives you everything you need to create brilliant prose and does away with the rest.

    Commercial Mac

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    MarkMyWords

    MarkMyWords is the ideal markup-writing tool for authors. By using Markdown, MultiMarkdown, Textile, Wikitext, HTML or BBCode MarkMyWords makes writing articles for the web a breeze and remains platform-independent by using plain text...

    Commercial Mac

  • Zen icon

    Zen

    Zen helps you to focus on your writing... It's writing only. It's fullscreen. It's Zen.

    Commercial Mac

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  • Koi Writer Text Editor icon

    Koi Writer Text Editor

    Literary, subject-specific or personal text writing - as easy as using paper and pen. The user-friendly Koi Writer application requires a short settling in period, allowing you to fully concentrate on your topic.

    Free Web / Cloud

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    ImmersEd

    ImmersEd is a free full-screen editor for writing with minimal distractions. It supports embedded notes, configurable visual themes, sound themes for audio feedback when typing, simple text mark-up support for bold and italic...

    Free Windows

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FocusWriter Comments

Lovely, feature full & customizable 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by Immie
about FocusWriter Oct 2012

What I like about Focus Writer is that it is distraction-free but with an auto-hide menu which functions can be added to or not displayed but with the File, Edit, View (and so on) where you can still access all the features so nothing is lost.

It is fully customizable where you can create your own backgrounds, colours, fonts etc... And create your own themes of which you can do many. I like that the different Font types are displayed along with adjusting the font size and it gets previewed in the window.

I have a few of these distraction-free writing programs with each offering different or added features. And FocusWriter has been just 'one' of the best choices.

Taking the time to customize and become experienced with its features is what I suggest to get the most out of FocusWriter.

(I posted this as a comment as opposed to a Review as I have yet to still venture into all its other feature packed components).

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love the tabs

Comment by Joat
about FocusWriter Feb 2012

the ability to have multiple documents open in tabs is superb. Also the word target and word count features are great!

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I've tried every program like this and FocusWriter is the best

Comment by calends
about FocusWriter Aug 2011

I've been pushing this program for quite a while now on blogs like Lifehacker. You can customize it so much and it just works. It sucks for the people that have made similar programs and have tried to make a little money. Try this program if you want distraction-free writing.

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Yboris is right. This is definitely one of the best...if no ...

Comment by calends
about FocusWriter Jun 2011

Yboris is right. This is definitely one of the best...if not the best. The only fault (if it is one) is that like the other minimalist word processors you can't change the font size. This isn't too much of a problem considering you can always italicize/indent. You can change the main font size (for better viewing) to whatever size you like. If you're a writer - try this one! For storyboarding and other more technical aspects of writing try yWriter5!

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The best of the full-screen genre because: very customizabl ...

Comment by yboris
about FocusWriter Jun 2011

The best of the full-screen genre because: very customizable and still unobtrusive, but unlike others allows to Center / Justify / Bold / Italicize text and has a scroll bar that appears on mouse-over. Unlike others it has on-mouse-over menu and even tabs for multiple documents! Nothing can be better :)

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