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FocusWriter Alternatives

FocusWriter is described as 'fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work' and is a very popular Word Processor in the office & productivity category. There are more than 50 alternatives to FocusWriter for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone and Android. The best alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Zettlr or ghostwriter. Other great apps like FocusWriter are Dendron, QOwnNotes, Bear and Carnet.

FocusWriter alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Text Editors or Word Processors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of FocusWriter.
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FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.

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  1. Joplin icon

    Joplin

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Termux
    • Firefox

    Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.

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    Joplin vs FocusWriter opinions
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    seems to be very specifically for use as a daily planner of sourts; complete opposite of what I need, which is a text editor/word processor(hopefully with a couple of extra tools for story planning)

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  2. Zettlr is a supercharged markdown editor that combines many writing editor features and collect them in one application. It aims at speeding up your workflow and help you write without any interruptions.

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    liricospina

    This program does not work in any other version of Mac OS but the very latest, which by all accounts is still to be avoided. (Apparently. working remotely has made the macsters overzealously productive in an attempt to remain useful and banish boredom, at mac users' expense.)

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  3. No excuses. No distractions. Just write. ghostwriter is a feature-rich text editor using Markdown syntax which makes it suitable for note-taking, document redaction, simple HTML website creation and much more.

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    ghostwriter vs FocusWriter opinions
    Most users think ghostwriter is a great alternative to FocusWriter.
    javillalba
    • Full screen distraction-free.
    • Open Source license.
    • Word count and progress stats.
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    Krakra

    very nice tool - i like it much more than Write and use it as alternative to it.

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  4. Dendron is an open-source, local-first, markdown-based, note-taking tool built on top of VSCode. It supports all the usual features you would expect like tagging, backlinks, a graph view, split panes, and so forth.

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  5. Plain text notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that works together with the notes application of ownCloud.

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  6. 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.

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    Carnet is a complete and rich note taking app for Android and Linux that can be synced with NextCloud (selfhosted) or the official Carnet server.

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    Crystale

    It has a great UI and it is Open Source.

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  8. Pages is a powerful word processor that lets you create stunning documents, and comes included with most Apple devices. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together from anywhere, whether they’re on Mac, iPad, iPhone, or using a PC.

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    elkomodosdrago

    Pages lacks the same focus upon a distraction-free full-screen environment.

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

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    WriteMonkey vs FocusWriter opinions
    Almost everyone thinks WriteMonkey is a great alternative to FocusWriter.
    callyw

    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.

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    Athens

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    The problem with notetaking apps like Evernote or Apple Notes is that once you write a note, after a week you never look at it again. Without any organization, you're stuck praying that search will work for your future self.

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