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'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Essayist for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Online / Web-based, Mac, iPhone and Chrome OS. The best alternative is FocusWriter, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Essayist are iA Writer (Paid), OmmWriter (Paid), 750 Words (Paid) and WriteNext (Free).

    This page was last updated Feb 22, 2021

    1. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.
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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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+

      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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