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Essayist Alternatives

Essayist is described as 'allows you to write APA & MLA essays with ease. From in-text citations to references and page setup, Essayist takes care of everything. It greatly simplifies the academic writing process' and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to Essayist for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Windows, Mac, SaaS and iPhone. The best alternative is FocusWriter, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Essayist are iA Writer, OmmWriter, 750 Words and WriteNext.

Essayist alternatives are mainly Text Editors but may also be Note-taking Tools or Word Processors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Essayist.
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    FocusWriter

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    88 alternatives to 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 your next writing session, and has many...

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    1.  Distraction-freeFocusWriter has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    2.  PortableFocusWriter can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    iA Writer

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    107 alternatives to 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 text and nothing but your text.

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    1.  Distraction-freeiA Writer has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    2.  Support for MarkDowniA Writer supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    3.  Support for LaTeXiA Writer supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    4.  Syntax HighlightingiA Writer supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    5.  Works OfflineiA Writer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    6.  Dark ModeiA Writer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    OmmWriter

    • Mac
    • Windows
    47 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Distraction-freeOmmWriter has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
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      750 Words

      23 alternatives to 750 Words 

      750 Words is an online plain text editor with autosave and fullscreen edit options, 750 Words also lets you track your progress and earn points for achievements. Login with Google, Yahoo or Facebook Connect.

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      1.  Lightweight750 Words consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
      2.  Distraction-free750 Words has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
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      WriteNext

      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      14 alternatives to WriteNext 

      The writing application that boosts your writing. Increase focus and writing performance and reduce distractions by separating your creative writing from other activities. Let writing be the only activity you perform in the writing application.

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      Discontinued

      The website is still up and running, but Twitter said "it's going to shut down on November 01 2020 but found someone interested in taking over" but no news came ever since then. The Facebook page was last updated in 2021.

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      OmPad

      • Online
      35 alternatives to 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.

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      1.  PortableOmPad can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
      2.  Distraction-freeOmPad has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
      3.  LightweightOmPad consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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      ZenWriter

      • Mac
      • Windows
      62 alternatives to ZenWriter 

      ZenWriter, a text editor for Windows that cuts out all the distraction and lets you focus on letting your thoughts flow.

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      Calmly Writer

      • Windows
      • Online
      • Chrome OS
      47 alternatives to 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.

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      1.  Distraction-freeCalmly Writer has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
      2.  Support for MarkDownCalmly Writer supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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      WriteRoom

      • Mac
      101 alternatives to 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+

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      1.  Distraction-freeWriteRoom has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
      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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      scrutch

      • Online
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      320 alternatives to scrutch 

      End-to-encrypted, laser-focussed yet elegant editor. No registration, no login, no ads, no tracking, no hassle. Just write. In private or together with others.

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      1.  Dark Modescrutch supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
      2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
      3.  End-to-End Encryptionscrutch has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
      4.  No Trackingscrutch will not track you or use your personal data.
      5.  Lightweightscrutch consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
      6.  Works Offlinescrutch can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
      7.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in scrutch simultaneously.
      8.  Full-Text Searchscrutch lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
      9.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in scrutch without registration.
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